Everything You Need to Know About Buying Preemie Clothes
A baby that is born before the mother reaches the 37th week of pregnancy is classed as premature, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Preparing for the birth of a baby is a huge task, especially if you are not sure of exactly what you will need beyond the obvious items.
Giving birth unexpectedly can leave you unprepared and needing items you may not necessarily have needed with a full-term baby. Preemie clothes are the most important purchase for parents of a premature baby. It is likely your baby will be in the hospital until medical staff feel they are ready to go home.
Buying clothes for a premature baby is a lot different from a full-term baby. You can purchase items from specialist shops, however, high-street stores and supermarket chains all stock small or preemie sizes. Most preemie clothes have Velcro fasteners as oppose to press-studs, this is to aid you when you are dressing and undressing your baby.Velcro fasteners are less intrusive and easier to open. Rather than fastening straight down the front and under the crotch area, most premature baby clothes fasten slightly to the side. This is to allow for a feeding tube and any essential wires to go through the clothing with the minimum of disruption.
Cotton clothes are recommended for a premature baby because they are soft against the skin. A premature baby's skin is thin and almost see-through, meaning the slightest thing can irritate it. This is also the reason you should avoid using harsh detergents or wash powders when washing preemie clothes.
A premature baby is extremely susceptible to allergens, so always use a gentle non-biological detergent or powder. It is recommended you always buy a couple of different sizes, even in preemie clothes. You will be shocked at how quickly your baby gains weight and grows. It is always best to be prepared with a selection of sizes.