We are constantly learning how to better meet the needs of our babies. By talking with our hospital nurses, sending surveys, and getting feedback from parents, we've seen what works best for making certain items. These guidelines are meant to help volunteers produce useful and quality items. Also, they only pertain to Touching Little Lives, Inc. If you have any questions, please ask your work group coordinator or email us at

Some preemie clothing items (ex: sleepers, onesies) are always needed. However, there is a smaller need for hats, booties, etc since many preemies in the NICU are in isolettes, where the temperature is maintained. Clothing is not necessary and often gets in the way of the wires and tubes. By the time these preemies graduate to an open crib and must maintain their own body heat, smaller preemie sizes will no longer fit. So, our need is greater for newborn sizes than for preemie sizes.

Please wash all finished items before turning them in. Do not use fabric softener in the dryer. After washing and drying, check your finished items for pins, loose threads, open seams, etc. to ensure that the item is ready to be sent to the babies.

Click on the links below for guidelines on the specific items that we make. Although most of our items are handmade, we do accept donations of NEW clothing, blankets, and stuffed animals. They must have the original tags attached and be unwashed.

Sleepers/Onesies Quilts Afghans Fleece blankets
Receiving blankets Bibs Knit/crochet sweaters Fleece jackets
Knit/crochet papooses Stuffed animals Sleep sacks Sewn hat
Knit/crochet hats
Sewn booties Knit/crochet booties Joshua booties