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If you have the love and the time, you may find that your special calling in the world is being a “baby cuddler” at a local hospital. I’m going to tell you what that means and how you can help.

What Is a Baby Cuddler?

It is exactly what it sounds like. Volunteers go into NICU units in hospitals around the country and hold babies.

Sometimes babies in the NICU don’t have parents there with them 24/7. It’s understandable that Mom and Dad have to go home to be with their other kids, or go to a job, or just need to get some much-needed sleep. Having you stand in the gap and love on their baby when they can’t be there will give those parents so much solace.

Some babies are born of drug-addicted moms who may be neither willing nor capable of giving the special kind of love babies need. Those babies can suffer all sorts of horrible problems that fall under the heading of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

NAS may mean that a baby is born prematurely, or that it has seizures and/or birth defects. Some babies have tremors, tight muscles, vomiting, sleep problems, and trouble eating and breathing. Babies from moms who abused drugs are also prone to high-pitched, excessive crying.

If I’m being honest, it’s hard for me to even write about. Picturing those tiny, precious angels suffering from such violent and ugly problems hurts me so badly, I can barely think about it. You probably feel the same way.

Before I go any further, if you or someone you love is pregnant and addicted to drugs or alcohol, there is help for you. Talk to your doctor right away and click here to find help through your state.

As a baby cuddler volunteer, your job is to give babies what doctors say is so very important – skin to skin contact and human comfort.

You don’t walk around with the baby, nor do you feed it. You’ll sit with it and simply be present. You can sing, or talk, rock or pat. Doesn’t matter so long as that fragile treasure feels loved and safe in the arms of someone who cares.

The hospital where you volunteer will train you, but you already know the most important part.

Your love is genuinely healing.

When a baby is swaddled safely in the arms of someone who cares, science has proven again and again and again that healing is happening.

There is no higher calling than to love one another, and loving a baby is a legacy we can leave that could potentially last for generations. An infant who is loved can grow into a Mom or Dad who has children and then grandchildren.

How to Become a Baby Cuddler

Don’t expect to show up at a NICU and pick up a baby. For good reason, that’s not the way volunteering as a baby cuddler works.

Each hospital has its own rules and needs. Sometimes hospitals will call upon the public via TV interviews or on hospital websites. I would suggest that you call the hospitals in your area and speak to someone in charge of volunteer services.

You can also visit Born to Kuddle where you’ll find a state by state list of volunteering opportunities.

Would you like to be a baby cuddler? Have you already volunteered in a NICU? Please share your ideas and experiences in the comments. If you have additional info that would help folks find a way to help, tell us about it.

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  1. I would love to do this. Please tell me where I can sigh up ,

  2. I would love to volunteer

  3. I would love to become a NICU Kuddler 
    I live in Bronx NY and I drive I have 5 children 3 are grown and I have plenty of time on my hands

  4. I would love to be a part of these babies life.

  5. I want to be a part of this 

  6. I would love to hold the babies or one baby. Do u have any in Ocala Fla. Or in Gainesville Fla

  7. I live in Western Massachusetts. On disability and have plenty of time..is there a hospital near by? I would do this in a heart beat!

  8. I want to be a baby cuddler.

  9. Are there any hopitals in area of Rome, Syracuse, Mohawk Valley that need baby cuddles?

  10. I would love to be baby cuddle

  11. I have been trying to cuddle for years- I call and never hear back from the hospitals. 

  12. Hi I am a retired nurse of 3 years and would love to be a cuddle mum.
    Would love to get more details as to what is required of me.
    Regards Julia Noble.

  13. Baby cuddles do such a worthwhile service.
    I’m wondering if a y Auckland hospitals require this help?

  14. Are there hospitals in South Africa who has needs for these Volunteers ?

  15. Would luv to b a baby cuddle. They say I give the best hugs anyway ha ha. I luv my grandchildren & have more luv n hugs to give. I work full time but could spare at least 2 hrs a nite for sure or on w’end. I don’t sleep much either . I live in Adelaide. I’m 60

  16. Hi! 
    My name’s Sue Griffiths. 
    I’m at the stage in my life where I need to do something worthwhile. My children are older and doing their own thing, and I need to give something back.  I would love to help. Many thanks 

  17. Yes l can help
    Hawkesbury Hospital Windsor NSW Australia

  18. I would love to volunteer to Cuddle Babies.
      I have recently moved to Arizona from NC. 
    I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren living out of State.
      My husband and I are both disabled but we would love to help with the Cuddle Babies, we have back and knee pain that keeps us from being able to work publicly.
      Our names are
    Connie Sue Holzman and William R. Holzman
    928-978-6266 or 336-301-7960 
    Please give us a call 

    • Hi …I owned 2 Childcare Centers….plenty of experience.   I am retired now but still have lots of love to give.   Any need in the South Georgia area?

  19. I have been looking for a volunteer opportunity that fits me since I retired. I really would love to do this!

  20. Would love to volunteer my time to help someone out Who needs to cuddle.

  21. I would like to volunteer for this. I am a mother of three young children with one we have adopted. If it’s in my area I would like to help. 

  22. I live in Wilmington delaware. I would love to be a baby cuddle. I am free on Monday and Tuesdays.

  23. I would love to show these babies love and attention and all I have is time on my hands as my kids are all grown. I live In Chattanooga, Tennessee and would love to volunteer.

  24. I would love to volunteer for this. I live in Ohio. Close to Cleveland and Akron. 

  25. This post sent chills up and down my body, I am a very loving compassionate woman and would love nothing more then to share my heart and love with these beautiful babies in. Please tell me where I can sign up . ❤️ I’m in Teno ,NV but can travel as far as Sacramento ,CA 

  26. I would love to volunteer in visalia with drug exposed infants. I also live one hour from Fresno Calif.

  27.  Would love to cuddle these babies. Please let me know where to sign up.

  28. Awwwwwwww…….my heart goes out for those precious angels…..this is my God’s given calling. I have raised 3 girls and have been blessed with a precious grandson and one on the way. I absolutely love to hold my babies….spoil my grandson holding him all the time. I could sit and rock my babies all the time. I would be honored to do this.
    Thank you.

  29. Would love to learn more to be a volunteer to be a cuddler to heal babies

  30. I’m from Santa Fe NM, Im alone and I would like to be

    • My name is Yolanda Montoya from Santa Fe NM

      • I would love to cuddle babies! They are God’s most precious gifts. I am retired and have plenty of live to give. I have worked with mentally and physically handicapped for many years and was an EMT for 18 years. I am a very compassionate and caring person. I live in Warren County, N.Y. and I am willing to travel to Saratoga County. Are there any hospitals that need baby cuddlers in these areas?
        Thank You

  31. Where and how do you become a baby cuddler?

  32. Omg this is amazing how do u sign up

  33. I would absolutely love to do this .

  34. I would to do this I live in California.

  35. I would love to be a baby cuddler. Whether sick or healthy they need us to help. Tell me where i can help.

  36. I would love to be a volunteer 

  37. I would love to help and be part of this!

  38. I would love to be able to help the beautiful gifts from God, when I have free time. I live in Austin, Texas and am very intrested.

  39. Would love to do this.

  40. I would love to do that!

  41. Love makes the world go around, 
    Where do I sign up!

  42. I would love to volunteer!!

  43. I am a retired grandmother.  Would love to help these sweet babies.   

  44. How do I find out about being a Baby Cuddler? I live in Lubbock Texas? 

  45. i live in north port fl, I would love this, where would there be a opening

  46. I would love to volunteer. I live in the Dallas Fort Worth Area

  47. I would LOVE to do this! Can you tell where to sign up in New Mexico

  48. I am a retired teacher and my granddaughter was in NICU due to early arrival and there was an addicted baby with her. He cried all the time. I promised myself that one day I would rock a baby like that. Now is that time. Please notify me. I live in Charleston SC.

  49. I would love to hold and cuddle these baby’s . I live in Ohio 

  50. Love too help sweet little one!

  51. Single, retired grandmother, former respite volunteer.  LIve in Lake Cty IL, interested in this program.

  52. I’d Love to cuddle these babies. … Please tell me How to get started …

  53. I would be interested in helping babies born addicted. I have free time.

  54. I am very interested. This June my daughter is getting married and I will be home alone. Would love to cuddle babies 

  55. I live in Houma/Thibodaux Louisiana area and would 
    Love to be a Nicu cuddle mom. My husband and I have 
    5 children and many grandchildren. I don’t work, so I 
    am flexible. Please email me with information on how
    I can pursue this. Thank you 

  56. I would love to cuddle sweet.
     Sweet babies   I need to find out more and where to go in my area. Linda Weekley

  57. Hi, my name is Pat. Is there anything available in Adelaide, South Australia?. Would love to become a volunteer for these babies.

    • Hi My name is April I have 3 grown boys & 2 grandchildren & have all the time in the world to be a NICU CUDDLE MUM I have a calling & this just might be what it is I want to give back God gave me a second chance @ life after an automobile accident in October of 2018 I need to help these precious little Angels he has given life to. & I couldn’t think of any other way than to be a NICU CUDDLER. I would like more information 417-920-7695 I live in SPRINGFIELD Mo. And have to major hospitals Cox South & Mercy.

  58. This gramma T has all the love and comforts a baby would need. I would love to be a NICU Kuddler. I raised 2 sons and i have 4 grandchildren and plenty of love to share. Missouri here.

  59. Is this in America or UK

  60. I would love to be a cuddler and help these precious babies!

  61. I want to help the Babies need us

  62. I would love to volunteer for this! I live in La Vernia, Tx near San Antonio. What do I need to do? 

  63. I have been looking for so long to be part of the volunteer for a NICU baby cuddler! I absolutely love babies and I am willing to help make a babies life worth living for! I live in NJ and can’t seem to find anyplace that offers this opportunity. I would appreciate it if there is anywhere near me that offers this opportunity!

    Thanking you in advance,
    Rose Anne Ciccone

  64. How can I do this around my area

  65. I want to do this where do I apply at

  66. I would like more info about cuddling a baby. 

  67. I would love to

  68. I am a foster mum and love to see babies get all the cuddles they need is there any places her in New Zealand to do this and where can I sign up please

  69. I would love to volunteer 

  70. Hello, I really want to help and show care for babies who need it. Please contact me to discuss training and how to get this started.

  71. I would love to volunteer. Colorado Springs.  

  72. I think this would be such an awarding think to do.  If my love can help a baby I would live it

  73. My heart is stirred and I can’t think of a better thing to do then to cuddle a precious little infant in such distress. Please feel free to reach out to me with further info.

  74. How do I start to be a baby cuddler? I Would love to do this.

  75. I would like to volunteer.

  76. I would absolutely love to do this in my spare time

  77.  I have a great niece who is FAS, she is low functioning ( 21 years old and mentally she is 6-7 years old) I want to volunteer to take care of these babies and hold them and rock and love them. Please send me info. 

  78. I would love to do this.

  79. I became a baby cuddler in May and it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done (as a volunteer). The sweet innocence of an infant that just needs love is magical. I volunteer for 4 hours every week and when I come home I am just happy. I get my ‘babyfix’ And I get to help families. 

    We have premies, NAS babies, and babies born with birth defects. Each one is special and not all have parents who can be there all the time. 

    There is an interview and background process to go through. But it is so worth it. 

  80. I would love to do this, I want to cuddle these precious angels! Where do I sign up?

  81. I would love to do this. How do l sign up for this program

  82. I would love to do it I love baby’s

  83. I would love to come hold a baby

  84. Aww I would love to do this I have all the time in the in world to cuddle babies 

  85. As a Mom of three grown children, Nan to five grandchildren, and retired nurse, I am absolutely interested in becoming a baby cuddled.

  86. Where can I sign up to do this? 

  87. I would love to help with this experienced mother of 11 plz tell me more information

  88. I’m a nurse in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) area. I have a few free weekends if help is needed?!

  89. I would love to cuddle

  90. I have always hoped for a service like this. It is such a perfect volunteer position for me. I already volunteer at our local hospice for 10 years. I would be most grateful to give my time to this very important cause!

  91. Hi, yes I was a baby cuddler for my community, yes it is so wonderful to have the opportunity to give hugs and love to our future generations to have a wonderful life and with so much love to give! I am so proud to have been apart of this process. I ask Great Creator and Mother Earth to help us to get more help in the hospital’s around this world, this is a much needed support system to grow to help our big family on Mother Earth. We all need hugs and love for one another. Great Creator gave us his children to raise and teach them about Love and caring! I for one am so greatful for to be alive and to be able to do this good work in Great Creator’s presence as well as mother Earth!

  92. Would love to be a baby cuddler, where do I sign up to volunteer?

  93. This has to be the best thing I’ve ever heard of! I have an Early Childhood Development Degree and am now retired but need something to feed my soul and give back to the world and this sounds like just what I need!!
    My niece called me a baby whisperer and I can honestly say that this is my God’s given calling also…
    Please send me more information please.
    Thanks and may God Bless each and every baby and cuddler!

  94. I would love to help. Here in Culver City California

  95. I really want to cuddle and love this precious babies like they deserve please get back to me 

  96. I’m interested in giving my love to these babies

  97. I’m a grandma of 4 beautiful children and would love to give more cuddles to these precious angles

  98. I would love to do this

  99. Where in St Paul MN

  100. Where do I sign up

  101. I would love doing this.  I love babies and miss the caring of them.

  102. I would love to do this where can I sign up. 

  103. I love kids of all ages especially babies in need i would love to volunteer 

  104. I would absolutely love to become a baby cuddler  I’m a mom to 4 amazing kids of my own and have lots of love to give. 
    Because I am Canadian I’m not to sure if we have hospitals that do this I’m really hoping that you can guide me in the right direction. 
    Thank you so much for you time ❤️

  105. I live four blocks from Dayton Children’s hospital.
    I’d love to help out. Please send me information on how to do that. Thank you!

  106. I would not mine doing this where I live I live in Ohio 

  107. I live in Bowling Green Ohio and would love to be a baby cuddler please. 

  108. is this a new zealand place, i live in Wellington and would love to help and cuddle babies thanks

    • I would love to add a cuddler onto my volunteering duties. I am a Grandma and love to help out where ever needed. Thank you. Let me know how I can get involved.

  109. I would love to cuddle a baby , please let me know how to get involved

  110. I would love to be a NICU Kuddler. Not sure if we have one in San Antonio, TX

  111. I rasied my brother and sister my whole life and I want kids of my own so I would love doing that

  112. Thus job is right up my alley

  113. I would love to hold baby..I love baby. Where in Minnesota can I volunteer to hold these baby.

  114. I am a mother of two my son is 23 and my daughter is 20 two years ago my daughter died of a drug overdose I’ve never tried a hard drug in my life but had to understand this thing took my child. People tell me I could have another child but I’m too old and nothing can bring back my child but I have so much love to give I would love to give to another 

  115. I live in Palm Coast  Florida.  I see there is a hospital in Daytona that needs volunteers. I would love to sign up 

  116. I would love to help these little angels. 

  117. I would love to do this and help these precious babies.

  118. I would love to be a cuddler volunteer. The hospital closest to me is Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA. However…when I read the info on their web site…nothing is mentioned about being a cuddler.
    I am not interested in volunteering any other capacity. So…what do you suggest? Thank you.

  119. I would love to be a volunteer baby cuddler.
    Does anyone know if the hospital in Sudbury Ontario need volunteers.
    Where can I sign up.

  120. I would love to do this. Can I do this in CT?

  121. I am in Kansas City, Ks. Willing to go to Overland Park, Lenexa and even KC,Mo.
    Love love love babies and would love to help these little ones struggling to get a climate to their new surroundings and hopefully offer some love and healing.

  122. I would luv to be part of this healing process. How can I get information on this

  123. I would love to do this please tell me where I can sign up for this awesome opportunity to help people in need of love and support ❤

  124. I would love to do this

  125. As a mom and a grand mother, and a nanny for almost five years with the same family I will love to nurture this precious lil angels with reading to them singing and just holding them and loving on them. Please tell me where you can use me for this will just complete my life. Thank you 

  126. If I can help please let me know what to do 

  127. How do I register in Alberton area?

  128. I would love to be a cuddler! Please send me info on how to sign up!!

  129. I would love to help, I`m experienced with babies and I am a very patient person. If the hospital is still looking for volunteers, then I would love to help. Just let me know how to get started.

  130. I would love to be involved in this ❤

  131. I would love to help out and cuddle any baby that needs cuddle

  132. Would love to volunteer 

  133. I would like to be a baby cuddled how do I do this?

  134. I’m from Durban, South Africa. Where can I volunteer?

  135. I would love to cuddle baby’s

  136. I do love babies and my 6 grandchildren live far away. I have a lot of love to give these babies. I was at the nicu with my two 14year olds girls! Ready to hug them…

  137. I would love to volunteer

  138. I would love to be a cuddler and help these precious babies!

  139. I live inUnion City, is there any place nearby where i can volunteer?

  140. Would love to know more.

  141. I would love to come in love a cute lil baby. Please tell me were to sign up at

  142. I would love to do this. How do I sign up to volunteer? Where is it located?  

  143. I’d enjoy volunteering 

  144. I would like to know in my area where i can be a cuddler

  145. I would love to do this please tell me where

  146. I’d welcome the chance to be a baby cuddler. I used to be a candy striper as a teen-ager and I baby-sat for over 35 years.

  147. I would like to do that. My grandson was born on drugs. So I know what it is like.

  148. I do this! I volunteer in the NICU once a week and hold babies. Some are NAS babies, some aren’t. I change diapers, feed them, and cuddle them. It is good for them, but also soothing and healing for me.
    I had twins in the NICU for 9 days nearly 16 years ago. They were in the NICU because they were early and small. I saw wonderful volunteers who spent time loving other people’s babies when the mothers weren’t able to be there. Some of these babies are in the NICU for months and months (last week I held a baby who had been there 152 days), and mothers have jobs, and perhaps other children at home. Often they live hours away from the hospital.
    I contacted Volunteer Services at the hospital and submitted application paperwork. I interviewed and then completed training and vaccination requirements as well as background checks.

  149. I am in Northumberland county pa. I would love to help these mothers and babies if given the opportunity. Thank have so much love yo share. Please let me know if there is something like this available in my area.

  150. Mother of 6 grandmother of 8 I’m 58 years old ,daughter  a  a social worker in WOLLONGONG Nicu. My ID grandsons were born 33 weeks visiting NICU everyday i just thought how I could work in there’s givingbthe staff a helping hand 

  151. I would love to do this. 

  152. I have wanted to do this for over 25 years, just sit and rock lil ones. I can’t find any hospitals that do this? I live in the High Desert, Apple valley california. we have 3 hospitals up here, a lot of drug-addicted babies. but no ministries like this. so sad. 🙁

  153. I would love to be a baby cuddler

  154. I would love to volunteer to help these beautiful babies to Get oVer something that is not their fault. 

  155. I would love to help cuddle those little bundles of joy. 
    Not sure how anyone could do that to an innocent little baby. 

  156. I would love to do this as I would love another child but I can’t how do I sigh. Up