When you pack your "labor bag" for the hospital, chances are you include a very thoughtfully chosen newborn outfit. But if you have an unanticipated preemie baby, that newborn outfit will suddenly seem like it could fit a 2 year old. Your little peanut will be swimming in it. Thankfully there are some great clothes for preemie babiesout there that will make dressing them a little easier. When you're caring for a really tiny human, you definitely want clothes that will fit them right.
Preemie babies, or those born before 37 weeks, often weigh less than full-term babies because it's during those last weeks of pregnancy that a baby puts on much of its weight. "Low birthweight is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces). In contrast, the average newborn weighs about 8 pounds," explained Stanford Children's Health.
Finding the right clothes for a small baby isn't always as straightforward as you'd hope. Different brands have different definitions of preemie sizing, with some fitting up to 5 pounds and others going up to 6.5 pounds. It's important to look at the label so you can make sure you're getting items that will accommodate not only your baby's weight, but also their height. "For example, “preemie” (P) usually fits babies up to 17 inches long and five pounds. “Newborn” (NB) represents an average baby at birth up to 21.5 inches long and five to eight pounds," explained The Bump.
We've rounded up 7 brands that have sweet, safe preemie options to take some of the guesswork out of the equation, and not to worry, your newborn will perfectly fit into their "coming home" outfit in no time.