It can be a great asset for when the child becomes a teen as this is usually a time when there are many differences between the parent and the child. Any kind of needlework which you share can help to eliminate differences, tensions, and arguments, and bring you closer together.
Many of these mats on the market are coated with heat and water resistant material, allowing for steam, wet blocking and pressing. Many mats on the market can simple be rolled up when the user has finished working on their project for the time being and then be stored away safely and securely.
First and foremost it will be a great way to spend some quality time with your son or daughter. (Yes boys can work with yarn too!)
The charities have a lot of information on their websites, below is some general advice to help you get those needles clicking.
Fastenings: Plain flat half-inch buttons are best to use for fastening. Avoid nylon and metal fastenings, as they get very hot under the incubator heaters. Do not use Velcro as a fastening, it is very scratchy on the hook side and also damages knitted garments when they are laundered. Ease of dressing is vital for preemies and as a general rule it is best not to use ribbon as a fastening as ribbon can often be fussy to tie on a garment so small.