Diapers for Stillborn Babies

I’ve been sewing diapers for stillborn babies and NICU loss babies, in addition to the knit baby loss blankets, for the hospital where Clara was born. I have joined the team at Teeny Tears, who have a wonderful program in place. They have an easy pattern for teeny diapers, in two sizes to fit babies from 18 to 32 weeks.

These preemies and micropreemies are too tiny to fit into even the smallest commercial diapers, but they still deserve the respect of being dressed beautifully for their final photographs and to be laid to rest, and their parents need to be able to dress their babies without worry. The Teeny Tears program provides two matching diapers to each family – one for the baby and one for the family to keep in a memory box.

Fabric is not in short supply around here. I have many dozen yards of flannel from previous projects – nightgowns for my girls, pillowcases for all of us, sewn prefolds for Clara. I didn’t realize how much I had until I pulled it all out to iron. I can make hundreds of diapers for donation without spending a penny on additional fabric, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Diapers for Stillborn Babies @ The Destiny Manifest

My goal is to have as many blankets and diapers as possible to donate during the first week of July, in honor of Clara’s birthday. It’s comforting to have projects to keep me busy when the sadness and depression set in, as they so often do. I’m channeling my grief into participation in something bigger than I am, bigger than David and Clara and the girls, and it’s a good feeling to have.

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Awesome Heather! So glad you were able to connect with Teeny Tears <3

    • Thank you for introducing me to the project, Holly!

  • Jana Kimmel

    I have also loved working on this project in memory of my son. It gives me something positive to do with my grief and a way to help other families. Welcome to Teeny Tears!!

  • This truly is a wonderful project Heather and great way to help these little angels.

  • Kat Biggie

    They look beautiful Heather!

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  • karenrae

    What an awesome project to be involved in! It sounds like a wonderful service for those parents dealing with a new loss. It is certainly a worthy thing to be doing in your daughter’s memory.

  • Kathy Charest

    Heather, this is a beautiful project. I run an Angel Gowns in Florida and I am wondering if you would be so kind as to share the pattern for these diapers. There has been a lot of discussion lately in regards to lining the gowns to protect them from fluids so they parents can spend time with their child in a lovely gown, and take photos, and in some cases be able to keep the gown as well. However, I am wondering if a diaper would be better than lining the gowns with a plastic fabric. Please email me, if you care to share, at angelgownsbrevard@yahoo.com