Caring for Your Premature Infant

  1. Touch your baby as much as possible. You can do this through gentle touch or even stroking motions.
  2. Talk to your baby. Your baby is used to your voice(s) and it could be comforting to hear you. Along with talking you can read or sing to your baby.
  3. Change your baby's diaper.
  4. Participate in your baby's first bath. Depending on your baby's progress, you may use washcloths, sponges or q-tips to do this.
  5. Take your baby's temperature.

Reprinted with permission from American Pregnancy Association.