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What age can preemies wear clothes?

Premature babies, or preemies, can start wearing clothes once they are stable enough to do so. The timing may vary depending on the baby's individual health and development.

In most cases, preemies are initially placed in an incubator or warmer in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or special care nursery, where they are closely monitored and cared for by medical professionals.

As a preemie's health improves and they grow, they will eventually be able to wear clothes. The healthcare team will assess the baby's readiness for clothing based on factors like their weight, temperature regulation, and overall health.

It's essential to choose clothing that is appropriate for the baby's size and condition. Preemie clothing is specifically designed for smaller infants and is typically available in NICU-friendly styles that make it easier for medical staff to access and monitor the baby.

Parents should consult with the NICU healthcare team for guidance on when it's appropriate to start dressing their preemie and what types of clothing are suitable. Premature infants often have specific needs, and healthcare professionals will provide recommendations to ensure the baby's comfort and well-being.

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