Most parents worry about matching the bedding with the wallpaper and having enough clothes in the drawers as they get ready for a newborn. When your baby decides to be born early, it's a whole different story. Here's how you can meet your preemies special needs.
Your stash of newborn outfits would swallow this tiny little being. What should you consider as you pick out clothes for your preemie? Let's find out!
Was your baby born early? Preemie parents might feel anxious and overwhelmed when their child doesn't develop at the same physical age as their peers. You may be home and the critical weeks passed, but your baby’s early birth can affect the months or even years to come.
If your preemie could talk, he might say, "I am so excited to be going home. I am also a little scared. It is okay if you are feeling a little scared too. Even if I have had a big brother or sister, I may be different because I was born so early and so small. I decided to write this list of activities that can help preemies like me learn how to use our bodies and minds as we grow..."
I need help with how to be a NICU mom. My baby was born at term, but was transferred to another hospital because of trouble breathing. Now he is being slowly weaned off the oxygen to room air, and once he can breathe well on his own he has to prove to them he can eat.
Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are born prematurely. Premature newborns are sometimes given the nickname, "preemies." Mothers who have their baby prematurely are often scared and nervous. Below is a brief description of what to expect when it comes to the care for your newborn preemie.
Being discharged without your baby may feel like the most devastating separation. Even if you knew you were likely to deliver prematurely, you probably didn't envision leaving the hospital with empty arms. Seeing other mothers being discharged with their healthy newborns presents an unbearable cruel contrast with your situation. To cope with being separated from your baby, try any of the following ideas that feel right to you:
A baby is considered premature if born before the 37th week of pregnancy. A baby is considered at low birth weight if the infant weights less than 2,500 grams, or 5.5 pounds. Very low birth weight babies weigh 1,500 grams to about 3 pounds, sometimes less. What is interesting is how these children catch up with their peers later in life!