Many people said not to buy micro preemie sized clothes for my daughter... that she'd use it for such a short time. I'm sorry - if you've never spent months in the NICU, please don't tell me what a SHORT amount of time that is!
For me, dressing my daughter when she was in the 1-3 lb clothing (and then the 2-4 lb clothing, which is what she came home in) made a huge difference for me.
First of all, most of the clothes are made so they can actually be worn - where you can dress baby without disconnecting all the tubing/wires/monitors/etc. Second, dressing Z in the NICU made her feel like any other baby who gets eventually dressed after they're born. When I brought my first son home, he had clothes on. When my 35w 1d son was in the NICU, we had clothes on him after the second day. Putting clothes on my NICU girl made it feel like she wasn't just another naked tiny NICU baby - but MY baby. It was just one little thing that gave me some sense of normalcy amongst so many things that felt VERY not normal.
I understand it's not right for everyone - but it helped me tremendously. Now we have these clothes to look back on - some tops no bigger than the packs of the saltine crackers I was given when still postpartum in the hospital - and we can see how far she's come. It blows my mind to buy 3T size clothes finally! Now she can use those same micro preemie clothes for some of her dolls. Or even if they don't see any more use - we still see them as something that helped us get through the difficult time in the NICU. Thank you to The Preemie Store for having these options for our sweet wee ones.