Are our incubator vests suitable for your premature baby?
If you're on this page you've probably been looking at incubator vests on our online store and wondering if it's the right product to buy. We hope this helps!
Does baby weigh 1lb-3lb?
These premature baby incubator vests are specially designed for a very early baby. These babies will be very small and on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Specialist Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in hospital, and as the name suggests, these babies are typically spending time in an incubator.
The vests are for babies weighing between 1lb and 3lb or 1.5lb and 3lb depending on the vest. See the 'Size and Fit' tab on the specific product page for exact product sizing. The size range is quite big because the vest is adjustable.
Is baby connected to tubes and wires?
Babies of this size will be connected to wires and tubes and machines that are supporting their breathing and feeding, and monitoring their vital signs. So dressing these babies in traditional clothes can be difficult and too disruptive for baby.
Dressing in an incubator can also be a bit awkward as the only access is usually through holes in the door. Babies in need of this support also have sensitive skin so clothing that is 100% soft and breathable cotton is best.
Why these vests are ideal
The unique wrapover design of these vests means easy quick dressing around the accompanying tubes and wires. As well as being wrap-around style they are:
- Soft breathable cotton
- No harsh seams
- Gentle velcro closings
- Easily worn with other clothes i.e. matching hats and trousers
- Easily washable
What else will a baby in an incubator vest wear?
A baby in an incubator is often just dressed in an incubator vest and a nappy on its body, and a hat and scratch mittens are commonly worn too, especially as baby gets bigger and spends time outside of the incubator for cuddles.
Still not sure? Check out reviews and photos from our customers
We have had brilliant feedback from customers and you can see some reviews here.
A few customers have kindly shared photos of their baby in their incubator vest on Instagram and have included lovely comments.
What about as baby grows?
The incubator vest is adjustable with soft velcro fixings, so it will fit most babies up to 3lb in weight.
As baby grows and spends time out of the incubator it will need more clothes to help keep it warm, which is so important. So it's good to be prepared with a range of items that can be layered. We have lots of specialist wrap-around style tops, dresses and smocks, plus little trousers and babygrows in the 1.5lb to 4lb clothing category.
Typically once baby reaches 4lb and above they can move out of the specialist clothing and into more typical baby clothes in our Tiny Baby range (4lb-7.5lb).