What do premature babies wear?
Jul 19, 21
All parents dream of dressing their baby for the first time and have an outfit ready for the special occasion, but for parent’s of a premature baby that day can be delayed and leads to the questions what can a premature baby wear and when?
What clothing can a premature baby wear whilst in an incubator?
Before your baby is ready to be brought out of the incubator and into a cot, a lot of nurses like to trial them in little items of clothing, and turn the incubator right down - this give us an understanding of how baby is at maintaining their own temperature.
It is important that the clothes you pick won’t interfere with the lines that baby still has - which is what makes the incubator vests so special - they enable baby to be dressed with minimal disturbance, and are made of the highest quality material, they will be delicate on baby’s newborn skin.
Little Mouse stock plenty of fashionable, practical incubator vests which are perfect as a starting point for your baby’s wardrobe.
What about clothing when baby is out for kangaroo care?
As well as vests, hats are very important in the NICU - a baby’s head is a large surface area, and loses a lot of heat very quickly. Although baby may not always wear a hat in the incubator, it is important that you have a stock of hats, especially for kangaroo care, so your body can keep baby warm, and the hat can stop the heat from escaping.
As well as hats being important for kangaroo care, a blanket is important to keep you and your baby wrapped up, and we love the Cellular Blanket (£21.95). Keep it in baby’s drawers under the incubator and have it on-hand for all those cuddles!
The importance of anti-scratch & extubation mittens for a premature baby
Anyone who has a premature baby will know how much they like pulling at their wires - whether its whipping out their NG tube, or hanging onto their longline. The nurses will often try and make up a pair of scratch mitts, but there is no reason that you can't provide your own.
The Prem Stay-On Scratch Mittens have been clinically tested, and proven to reduce the rate of accidental extubation in the NICU. They have a two-part close system, which means they can grow as baby does. We recommend not having them on too tight, chasing their position regularly, and giving baby’s hand a clean and a massage when they are not on - it is important for baby to have skin-contact, as well as being kept safe from pulling out essential wires.
Regular baby clothes in smaller sizes for preemie babies that aren't in an incubator
If baby is big enough it doesn't require specialist incubator clothings, but is smaller than expected and doesn’t fit in the newborn clothes you had bought ready for their arrival, Little Mouse has plenty of stylish pieces which will brighten up the NICU. We particularly love the Star Print Sleep Suit (£15.95), which comes in 3 sizes - ask your nurse to convert baby’s weight into pounds and you should be able to order a perfect fit.
It is important that baby clothes are snug, rather than too big and baggy, to help them maintain their own body temperature. Also, a baby grow without feet means its easier to change probes over without completely undressing your little mouse every time.