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Finding Preemie Clothing

Here’s the thing about preemie clothing. You want your baby to be adorable when she can finally wear clothes, but cute preemie clothing and micro preemie clothes are hard to find and it’s a bit risky to bring your own clothing to the NICU. First of all, until your baby is close to 4 lbs and can maintain her own body temperature she won’t be wearing clothes in the NICU anyway because she’ll still be in an incubator. When she is moved to an open crib she will be allowed to wear clothes (at least that was the case at my hospital).

After my baby was moved to an open crib I was told I could bring my own clothing for my baby to wear, but I had to dress her when I arrived and then undress her when I left and keep the clothing with me otherwise her outfits would probably be lost in hospital laundry. They suggested that I simply use the clothes provided by the hospital if I didn’t want to risk losing the clothes I brought.

The thing is, if you choose to use hospital clothing in the NICU then your baby might not even get to wear her own preemie clothes. I had a small stash of girl preemie clothes that had been given to me for my baby, but my baby weighed over 7 1/2 lbs when we left the hospital and none of the preemie outfits fit her when we got home. So, it might be worth your while to not even get preemie clothes until you know that your baby will still fit in them when you bring her home.

However, if you do want to buy preemie clothes then the following three websites have some cute micro preemie clothes, boy preemie clothes, and girl preemie clothes:

www.figleafbaby.com
www.mymiraclebaby.com
www.nurtureplace.com

A nice thing that you can do with preemie clothes that your baby has grown out of is donate them to the NICU when you leave. All future parents and babies in the NICU will appreciate some newer cute clothes, I’m sure!

I would love to receive suggestions on where to find more cute preemie clothing and hear your thoughts on the subject. Thank you!

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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