Feb
13
2011

Busy Breather Backpack Giveaway for those on O2! **CLOSED**

The story behind the Busy Breathers oxygen backpack:

When my son was born three months premature, his lungs were severely underdeveloped. After he spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit, I was very excited to finally get my little boy home. This happiness however was overshadowed by fear about my baby being on oxygen 24 hours a day for at least the next year if not longer. Along with this fear was my frustration of having to carry a purse, diaper bag, bottles, oxygen bag-along with my baby and equipment. I knew there had to be a better system to carry all of these items but I could find nothing available. Because of this frustration, I decided to design my own oxygen backpack so I would only have to carry one organized system. My backpack made my life a lot easier, especially since my son and I were on the go almost every day. I knew that this backpack would help mothers that have children on oxygen, as well as others that have to be on oxygen, get back to their busy lifestyle with more ease and efficiency.
Michelle Staley- Founder & CEO

TO ENTER:  First and foremost…YOU MUST BE A FAMILY WITH A PREEMIE…they don’t have to be newborn, but they had to be a preemie.

  1. Fan our FB page at It’s a Preemie Thing and let me know how you found us.
  2. Fan Busy Breathers FB Page, let them know we sent you and come back here and tell us a little about your preemie!
  3. **You can have one bonus entry if you either share on your webpage or Tweet about the giveaway!** Enter this as a second comment and tell us what you tweeted or link to your comment!

I’ll throw in an “O2…it’s not just for old people” onesie if your little one is small enough to fit in it! 🙂

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  • I’ve been a fan of It’s A Preemie Thing for a few months. Heard about it from a friend who is also a preemie parent. My son Jack was born at 28 weeks and weighed 2lbs 1oz. He was in the NICU for 112 days and is now home on oxygen support and an NG feeding tube. We visit the pediatrician tomorrow, but I’m thinking he weighs at least 11lbs now! At this point, he’s spent more of his life in the hospital than he has out, since we’ve only had him home for about 12 weeks. I was just planning on calling our med equipment company today to see if they had better options for carrying the O2 cylinder because the one they gave us is worthless. It doesn’t stay zippered and the cylinder is always falling out! Ugh! A Busy Breather would make life much easier for Jack to get around! What a great invention!

  • I became a fan of It’s a Preemie thing while looking for preemie sites. My son Landon was born at 25 weeks 4 days on December 16. He is still in the NICU and doing well. He weighs 3lbs 11 oz’s now. He is going to come home on oxygen and a monitor. I would love to win your backpack.

  • I’m a fan of both FB pages–your since day 1! I’ve looked at the busy breather backpack before, and I love it! (just could never afford it lol)

    My baby was a 29weeker, spent 141 days in the NICU, and came home on high-flow O2. We’ve finally gotten off the high flow, but we’re still on O2, and this bag would be awesome!

  • I am truly honored to be a part of this giveaway! Even though are son had a really tough start in life like many preemies, I am glad that I was able to use our experience to help others!

    Just for everyone’s information I have been selling my Busy Breather Backpacks to Oxygen and Direct Medical Equipment providers for the past couple of years. Lincare was the first oxygen company to carry my backpack. It may be worth it to see if your oxygen provider would get one for you or carry it? It has been a difficult hill to climb because many of the locations still send families home with the single cylinder bag that goes over your arm, like the one we were sent home with because it costs less than my bag. I completely believe in my product and used my first prototype with our son while he was still on oxygen, so that’s why I keep working as hard as I do to get out into the market more and raise awareness.

    You could always direct the providers my way as well and I would be more than happy too talk to them 970-867-2235. I also just became an approved Vendor with Walgreens and my bags made it into their first location this past week. I am hoping that many of the other locations will pick up my bag.

    In the meantime best of luck to all of you, from one Preemie Momma to Other Preemie Momma’s!

  • I had my daughter kaylee and she was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1.6 pounds she was in the nicu for over four months but is now at home with us! She is still on O2 and pulse oxygen monitor so the backpack for 02 would help so much for her many doctor apts! Its hard to get the car seat, the pulse oxygen monitor,her diaperbag the oxygen and folder for all her stuff plus anything i need like my purse!.I put her o2 in the diaper bag one time and it made it turn off! So i cant do that anymore! So i need this bag! THanks so much

    • I know all too well about those Many Doctors Appointments, always such a chore! Best of luck and I hope your little one gets stronger every day!

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  • My Son Ethan was born Dec. 4 at 28 weeks and after many weeks in the NICU we are going home tomorrow. HE is coming home on Oxygen Support but is ok with me. I am ready to have him home. He is doing great with everything by my lil guy just likes is oxygen. I tried many times to take him off and after this last time I told the Docs if it was ok with them to just let him come home. And They said ok. And I seen this bag and you are so right after seeing everything that homehealth brought to me. This backpack will make everything so much easier.

    • I do sell to oxygen companies and direct medical suppliers but some of them just don’t want too spend the little extra money on my Busy Breather Bag. I do however have many companies that do see the value in my bag and have gotten them and helped so many by doing so. Best of Luck to you and your little one!

  • I have a 4 month old (corrected age 4 weeks old) preemie. She weighed in at 1lb 5ozs now weighing 7lbs 8ozs . She will be coming home on Tuesday with oxygen continuously. She has pulmonary hypertension. This backpack would be great because we have some many doctors appts to go to and I definitely need to be organized.

  • Sorry I forgot one part I’ve been a fan since November 2010

  • I wanted to also tell you alittle bit about Parker. Parker has officially spent more time OUT of the hospital than in! He was born, not the smallest, at 34 weeks and while it looked like we were smoothe sailing out of the NICU, his father flipped and was stripped of his parental rights when P was 4 weeks old. Learning what it’s like to be a mom and a single mom to boot was not easy, especially when he was about 6 months old and started in on severe lung issues. Fast forward to a year ago when P had his first set of brochoscopies where we finally found a diagnosis. Parker has Primary Ciliary Dyskenesia which is a cousin to CF. Parker now breathes with the assistance of oxygen, a percussion vest, low dose steroid and is monitored via pulse ox. This year, since November, his lungs have collapsed 3 times and had 5 rounds of pneumonia. It’s a rough life dealing with a preemie alone, but to add a chronic lung disease on top of it makes it impossible to do anything! It’s one thing to have an infant on O2, but to have a toddler who needs o2 and his sats watched while out and about makes it hard. I wish this bag came with a pocket for a pulse ox that would fit him and have the o2 bag for me to wear while wearing him in my ergo. Every time I turn around it seems as though someone else is coming out with something awesome to make our lives easier 🙂

    • Hi Cat. First of all think you for your interest in my product. Most importantly my Hat’s off to you for being a Single Mom and doing it with such grace! Would the pulse oximeter you use fit in the front pocket on the bag or side pockets? How big is it?

      Hopte your little one continues to get stronger every day! 🙂

  • I’m Melissa from above post. I don’t have a website but i did tell everyone at the okc nicu about this website and the busy breathers backpacks!

    • Thank you so much Melissa! I have gotten my backpack into a couple of our Walgreens locations here in Colorado. I’m hoping I will be nationwide at some point. 🙂

  • I’ve been a fan of your page since November when my angel came home from the NICU! I also have a few of your onesies (which I LOVE). Anyhow I have an 8month old who weighs 8lbs 10oz. She was born at 29weeks weighing 2lbs. Theres no light as to when she will be off the oxygen anytime soon! She was on an occilator for about a month so she has severe scar tissue on top of having bpd. So now that she is getting older and able to go out and about more the backpack would be a true blessing for us!! Well Thanks for taking your time to care about my preemie! Hers to hoping I win! Thanks, Brooke 🙂

    • Continue to keep the Faith Brooke! I always love hearing from other families that understand what it’s like to struggle with carrying oxygen! I truly know that my bag has made many lives easier. Best of luck to you and your little one!

  • It’s A Preemie Thing.com has the BEST onesies for preemies. Also they are having wonderful giveaways on their blog. Become a fan on facebook

    That’s my TWEET! I hope it helps both you and me 🙂 🙂

  • I have been a fan of It’s a Preemie Thing for quite some time. I have researced O2 backpacks before and we just could not afford one for my son. My son is a 23 weeker that weighed 14 oz. at birth. He has been on O2 his entire life and he is now 17 months old (13 adjusted). He is also on a pulse ox 24/7 and is fed by g-tube. So many cords to carry along with him. We have tried so many different ideas for the O2 tanks, etc., but nothing seems to work. I would love to win this prize. It would help us so much, as we still have numerous specialists every week that we must see and packing him up is getting much harder these days due to his size. He is now 21 lbs. 3oz. and graduating out of his car seat. It would mean the world to win this backpack! AND a onesie from your business! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE It’s a Preemie Thing! Thank you for offering such wonderful products and your giveaways.

    • Kristin. This is Why I designed my product “To Make my life easier whlie my kiddo was on oxygen! I didn’t have to deal with all of the other equipment and cording llke you are so I can only imagine how much more difficult it is. Keep you chin up! I hope that your little ones gets stronger every day! Best of Luck!

  • I am the mom of a 25 weeker born August 30, 2010. We are still in the Nicu. Next week will be 6 months. We have had quite the journey, my little girl keeps doing what she needs to make it home. She’s went from 1lb. 9 oz. to now 11lbs! Her lungs have been the main problem. We will definitely be going home on O2 just trying to get to a point in which her support needs are acceptable to make it there. The busy breathers backpack looks like a god send. I am a big fan of It’s a preemie thing as well. What a great forum you’ve created for women to support each other and purchase adorable onesies!
    Best of luck to everyone and their little miracles!
    Sarah

    • Sarah, Wow you guys have been on such a hard and long journey! My heart goes out to you as well. Thank you for saying my Busy Breather Backpack is a God send! That’s is truly how I feel about it. I love being able to help others and make lives easier. Best of luck to you and your little one!

  • This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered and especially to Busy Breathers creator and preemie Momma for coming up with a product to help others that would one day walk in her shoes!!

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