I work with Teeny Tears/Angel Outfitters and Pishamitas con Amor to provide NICU vests and preemie bereavement layettes for infants in the public hospitals here in Guatemala. If you’re headed down this way, there are a few ways you can help out:
Get involved yourself! There’s no reason you can’t make your own little layettes and join the many volunteers around the world in creating outfits for babies who have left this earth too soon. Click the links above to get started. These items are sadly needed everywhere, even in your own country.
Bring baby clothes. Pishamitas con Amor also provides newborns with clothing and blankets when families don’t have much for their new baby. You’re more than welcome to bring down some clothes and either drop them off with me or at one of the drop centers in the capital.
Donate fabric and supplies. I don’t have good access to cute flannel here, so anything you might have lying around is great. Here’s what I can use:
- Flannel in plain colors (for lining) or cute baby patterns for NICU gowns and tunics. Any size is fine! Even scraps can be used to make tiny diapers or quilts.
- Cotton fabric in plain colors or cute patterns for baby quilts. Panels, fat quarters, charm packs are all great, too! Again, even scraps can be used.
- Knit fabric in plain colors or patterned, for tiny hats.
- Ribbon in all colors and designs. I need the thin kind (1/8-1/4″) for the ties on the tunics, but other sizes may be used for decorating the hats and baby clothes.
- Novelty buttons or charms for decorating the hats. These can be in boy or girl designs, or neutral.
- Velcro for the NICU gowns. The stick on dots or squares are easiest.
- Stockinette in 4″ or 3″ sizes. This is used to make tiny little hats.