So your baby was born early. In the medical community, this is known as premature.
Typically, a premature infant is one defined as being born prior to 37 weeks and weighing less than 5 pounds. Often, these children will spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of a hospital before they are strong enough to venture home and become incorporated into the lives of their family.
Usually these kiddos stay in the NICU for a time equal to the number of weeks they were born early — for example, a child born at 30 weeks will typically be hospitalised for 7 weeks in the NICU — and until there is not a dire medical necessity.
During this time, it is often an emotional roller coaster for the family, but one thing that can help bring normality to the situation is the purchase of baby clothes for the wee one. Unfortunately, there are not many baby clothing stores out in the physical world that cater to the specific needs of a “preemie”.
No worries, though. A quick Internet search yields a plethora of results for baby clothing stores online that satisfy the needs of these unique infants. There are super cute articles of clothing, for boys or girls, available from hundreds of various websites.
You can choose from puppies and tie dyes, to camping, to cars and trucks, and everything in between, for boys and for girls, many stores offer some of the cutest flower dresses you have ever seen, not to mention some really cute clothes with fish, rainbow and bird patterns.
In addition, these stores also offer clothing that is NICU friendly which means that the wires and leads typically associated with a premature hospitalised infant are able to be secured within the clothing so, for the most part, they are out of the way for some tender loving care.
Purchasing clothes from online baby stores is also beneficial to the well being of the infant in that it provides the family some sort of normalcy in their child’s life and that can go a long way in providing healing energy for the infant as well as the family. Just keep in mind that you want to search for preemie specific clothes and you should be able to find everything you are looking for. Happy shopping!