Most of you in the loss community have, at some point, learned about the CuddleCot. My husband and I knew nothing about them until long after we had lost our son, but there are so many days I wish our hospital had one on hand that hard day in October. Every parent deserves as much time as they can get with a child that was taken too soon. To help this cause, we will be selling airplane necklaces in remembrance of our sweet son, Carter. All the proceeds will be put toward a CuddleCot, which will then be donated to a hospital of our choice. As you know, there is never enough time, but we’re hoping that, with your help, we can give a little more.
Caitlin & Brandon Robbins
From Caitlin’s blog, Freckle Eye Fancy:
We are SO excited to share our secret project with all of you!! We’ve only been working on it for a few weeks now, but I feel like I’ve been keeping it a secret forever. That changes now!
After a baby is born still, their skin can start to quickly deteriorate. The cooler the temperature around them, the longer their body is preserved for. When we lost Carter, exactly 46 weeks ago today, our nurse kindly offered to take him back and forth between our room and a chilled room where his body could be kept for short periods of time, to allow us more time with him. Neither Brandon nor I wanted to let him go, and we agreed that saying goodbye once would be hard enough, so we kept him in the room with us for a few hours until we decided it was time to say goodbye.
Weeks later, as we immersed ourselves more in the loss community, we learned about the CuddleCot, a cooling pad that can be placed in a bassinet or cradle at the hospital in the same room as the parents. The CuddleCot keeps a baby’s body cool, and therefore preserved longer, so that the parents can have more time without letting them out of their sight. I don’t know if the hospital we were at even had a CuddleCot on hand, but it would have been nice to have, so we could have had even just a few more minutes with our boy.
We’d like to give the gift of time to other parents whose babies are gone too soon.