When Can My Preemie Wear Clothes?

When Can My Preemie Wear Clothes?

The fact your baby is in the NICU leads most parents and grandparents to ask a ton of questions! So why not ask when your baby can wear preemie clothes? This may seem like a simple or even silly question when so many things maybe are going on
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Seven Pieces of Advice for Preemie Parents

Seven Pieces of Advice for Preemie Parents

Recently I read a post from a young mother who is lying in the hospital due to medical issues that will result in delivering her baby 10 weeks early. She was asking for any encouragement and/or advice from preemie parents on what you wish you knew before your NICU journey started. 

Here are the top seven suggestions I wanted to pass on to my readers:
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Five parallels dealing with a preemie and Covid-19

Five parallels dealing with a preemie and Covid-19

We are indeed in uncharted waters, with a virus spreading worldwide and states locking businesses down, major league sports at a halt, and about the only thing open is a grocery store. We have been asked and reminded everywhere we look to wash your hands. They have even told us to sing the Happy Birthday song to ourself to make sure we are washing long enough. At this point, I realize that much of the world is starting to go through some of the very challenges parents of preemie babies deal with the minute they enter into the new world of the NICU.


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Who Are Preemie Clothes Really For?

Who Are Preemie Clothes Really For?

It was a beautiful Monday morning. My husband and I were talking about some new product pictures I have been working on for the Preemie Store website. We were discussing how NICU-Friendly the little shirts are from Perfectly Preemie. During that conversation, he brought up a very important question that sparked this blog post. He asked me, "Who are these preemie clothes really for?" It made me stop and think for a minute because sometimes when I am waist-deep in everything about our company, I might not see the big picture as clearly. He said that he felt that even though we have best clothing for preemies to wear in the NICU, the people who benefit the most are...
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Life lessons Learned in the NICU

Life lessons Learned in the NICU

I am sure many of you are either just glad you are done with this season of your life (NICU life) and really want to put it behind you or you are in the process of “getting through” the NICU journey and are holding on for dear life. However, I really do believe that sometimes the hardest things we go through teach us the most. Believe me, as much as I love the stretches of life when nothing "big" is going on, I do look back at the tough times and see how much I learned and grew during those times. I heard early on as a parent that taking your kids camping is really good for bonding as a family. This is due to the fact that often not everything goes just right, stressful situations develop and yet those will be the very things you talk and reminisce about later when they are grown! I have definitely found this to be true as some of the craziest times we had as a family are the things my kids talk about now. We seem to never mention or hardly think about the more "normal" times or when everything went just right. You are not hearing me say I wish for the challenging or difficult moments, those are the times I try to practice more gratitude even tho it is good to practice that all the time. I admit it is just easier when things are a bit smoother. It is at the times when things are more challenging we need to remind ourselves that these are learning moments and ask what can I learn from this?


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Heads up on RSV Season

Heads up on RSV Season

As we head into the Winter season and that means the possibility of more colds, the flu, or other unwanted bugs coming into your house. One of the most unwanted viruses is RSV, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. You have probably heard the abbreviation spoken many times during your NICU stay, and it may have you a little freaked out. 
Let’s breakdown RSV: Here is the definition, according to WebMD: 
“Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common and very contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract of most children before their second birthday. For most babies and young children, the infection causes nothing more than a cold. But for a small percentage, infection with RSV can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening problems such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the small airways of the lungs.”
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Biggest NICU Question: When Can Preemie Go Home?

Biggest NICU Question: When Can Preemie Go Home?

It is understandable that as soon as you begin healing up, have visited with your new baby, and met with the hospital staff as to your little one’s well being, your first question will be, "When can we all go home?" When I had my babies over 30 years ago, that was the first thing on my mind! The wonderful saying from the Wizard of Oz went through my mind, "There is no place like home; there is no place like home!" These feelings will ring even louder when you have been in the NICU a few days or weeks, and you want to bring your little preemie home.

First, I preface this with the fact that every hospital has its own protocol and requirements for going home. This article is just a broad accumulation of information we have gathered for you. There will be some milestones your baby needs to first reach before this can happen. Whenever we write about these types of things we must add, "Ask your hospital for their specific requirements." That goes for clothing, visitors, and the timing for baby going home.
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What Preemie Clothes Should I Get to Dress My Preemie?

What Preemie Clothes Should I Get to Dress My Preemie?

I am sure you have put a lot of thought into planning your baby’s wardrobe. It is one of the fun things a Mom gets to do while her belly is growing, and she is preparing for the new baby to arrive. Then you get faced with the surprise of having a preemie, and you wonder, “what now?” The truth is your preemie will not need a lot of clothing for the first few weeks of life. The hospital staff will be busy trying to assess your baby's levels to see what they may need in regards to oxygen, feeding, and monitoring their temperature. During this time, there are some cool essential accessories that your preemie will be able to wear long before clothing. Most hospitals allow little hats to be worn right off the bat.
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What Does Adjusted Age Mean?

What Does Adjusted Age Mean?

What does adjusted age mean? What does "My baby is 6 months old, 4 months adjusted" represent and how do you figure this out? Does this apply for their whole life? When does it go away? When you have a preemie, there are so many things that are new and unknown. We want to help you along your journey and help answer some of these questions.
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The wonderful benefits of Kangaroo Care.

The wonderful benefits of Kangaroo Care.

Today is National Kangaroo Care Day. We think the practice of snuggling with your new little baby is just the best! We wanted to share some benefits and highlights with you today.

Kangaroo care is often defined as, laying your baby on your bare chest (if you’re the father) or between your bare breasts (if you’re the mother), it is also described as skin-to-skin care because your baby’s bare skin is touching your bare skin. It is then common for the nursing staff to then cover you both with a warm snuggly blanket for a great little cuddle time. So why is this so important for a preemie? Well, it's not just for baby. Kangaroo care is great for both you and your baby.
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