Oh baby! Outfits are just the boost hospital needs

CATCHLINE: BABYGROEB''Mum Laura Stothard presents baby grows to sister Julie Bathie at the Jessop Wing with Dad Nigel Swallow and baby Molly Swallow.

CATCHLINE: BABYGROEB''Mum Laura Stothard presents baby grows to sister Julie Bathie at the Jessop Wing with Dad Nigel Swallow and baby Molly Swallow.

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TINY outfits designed for premature or poorly babies in hospital have been handed over to Sheffield’s Jessop Wing.

Mum-of-two Laura Stothard met up with neonatal staff to donate the 20 babygrows - which have special popper sleeves, stretch panels and mitten feet, and allow for drips to be inserted, and tests to be taken more easily.

She became involved with the Pop ‘n’ Grow project because her daughter Elsa was born prematurely at 30 weeks, weighing just over 2lbs. Elsa was in intensive and special care for eight weeks.

Laura, of Sothall, said: “I experienced how difficult it is to see your precious baby so vulnerable, and how much more difficult it is to carry out basic care such as dressing while juggling a cannula, tubes and a splint.”

Pop ‘n’ Grow has given babygrows to 35 hospitals so far, and hopes to help every neonatal intensive care and special baby care unit in the UK.

The Swallow family from Deepcar, whose twins Molly and Issac were born weighing 3.3lbs, were the first family to make the most of babygrows.

Dad Nigel said: “They will be really beneficial for babies as they allow easy access for the lines and the heel-prick tests they undergo regularly. It is a really nice idea.”

n Laura is holding an auction - with items including tickets to Disney on Ice at Sheffield Arena - on the Pop ‘n’ Grow Jessop Wing Sheffield page on Facebook. Donations can also be made by emailing laura.stothard@sky.com or calling 07983 630 949.