Preemie babies are born earlier then 37 weeks into the pregnancy while full term babies are delivered from 38-42 weeks into the pregnancy. There are many causes for preterm delivery and often times it is not within the mothers control. Because of this early delivery most parents do not have all the items that they need for their newborn, let alone any preemie baby gear. Premature birth is not something that can be expected or predicted so it usually is a time of panic for new parents. They are unable to focus on the needs of their child over the extreme situation their child is in. However, most preemies, if cared for properly, will grow into normal sized children and develop normally.
Preemie babies will need
extremely specialized care and attention for them to develop properly. From feeding, to changing, sleeping, bathing, and even clothing preemies will require unique attention. Purchasing an array of preemie baby gear items is mandatory when you have delivered your child early. These items will ensure you are doing everything you can for your child to grow and develop into a healthy baby.
Because of their small size and lack of fat you will need to purchase special clothes for your preemie to help them fit properly and stay warm. Preemie clothes are also specialized to allow for frequent diaper changes and easy hook ups to hospital equipment. Preemies are often not able to breast feed and are fed through IV or feeding tube. However it is important that mothers hold their newborns while they are administered food so special bonding is still taking place. This will ensure that one your child can breast feed, they will know that you are the woman to do it! Possibly the most important preemie baby gear item you will need is diapers. Preemies must be changed 6-8 times a day when they are getting enough nutrition. Special diapers are available in tiny sizes to fit your preemie.