Wondering where to buy preemie clothes? If you’ve delivered before your due date or have had to schedule an early birth due to medical complications, you will need extra small clothes to fit your preemie.
Premature babies are defined as any baby born before 37 weeks gestation. There is a wide range in size and weight of premature babies. Your premature baby could weigh as little as two pounds or as much as five or six pounds! Your baby’s size really depends on many factors including genetics and gestational age. This is why you may find dressing your preemie to be a bit challenging. Don’t worry, in this full guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about preemie clothes including what sizes to look for and where you can buy them.
Clothes for Preemies
Before you go shopping online or in-person, there are some basic things you should know about preemie baby clothes:
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- Opt for clothes with lots of openings. It may be tough to pull clothes over your tiny baby’s head, especially if they are connected to any medical equipment. Instead, opt for items that have buttons, snaps or ties.
- Buy hats! Your baby may not be able to wear clothes right away due to medical interventions, but they will probably be able to wear a hat. Since preemies have a hard time regulating their own body temperature, a hat over the head can really help them keep warm.
- Go for clothes you can layer. As with all babies, it can be difficult for them to regulate their temperature. Layered items are a great option because you can easily remove and add clothes as needed.
- If your baby is in the NICU, ask the staff about what clothes your baby can wear. Some hospitals prefer to have babies wear just a diaper and maybe a hat. If you know what to expect you can plan accordingly.
Preemie Clothes Size
You have already probably experienced this when shopping for clothes for yourself, but it’s important to keep in mind that different brands use different sizing charts. This means that a preemie size for one brand may be ideal for babies up to 7 pounds, while others are designed for babies up to 5 pounds. There are also some specialty brands that offer “micro-preemie” sizing for babies that weigh 3 pounds or less. Depending on how much your baby weighs, one brand may fit better than another.
Don’t rule out purchasing newborn size clothing either. In some cases, such as with Gerber, the infant size may be the perfect choice for your preemie. Gerber’s size chart indicates that their newborn size is designed for babies from 5-8 pounds. If your baby weighs 5 or more pounds, this may be a perfect size.
Also, remember that the baby will probably grow pretty quickly. Hopefully, your baby will only be in preemie baby clothes for a few weeks. This means you’ll want clothes that have a little bit of room to grow.
Where to Buy Preemie Clothes
There is an ever-growing selection of preemie clothes now available. Many baby and children’s wear brands now include a line of preemie clothes. There are also brands and shops devoted to clothes for preemie babies. The best place to buy preemie clothes for you will ultimately depend on the size of your preemie, your preferences, and your budget.
Many parents look for cheap preemie clothes. After all, having a baby is not cheap. Considering the short time your baby will use these clothes, it’s understandable that you don’t want to pay a fortune for them. If this describes you, keep your eyes open for clearance items and sales. At the end of any season, many retail stores put items that haven’t sold on sale. When it comes to preemie clothes you’ll probably find the standard items available during any season; it’s the designs that change. If you’re open to a range of designs, give the clearance rack a shot.
Where to Find Organic Preemie Clothes
Newborn skin is sensitive, especially in the case of preemies. Many clothing brands now offer baby clothes made from organic cotton so that you don’t have to worry about baby’s skin being exposed to harsh chemicals. Some brands you can try include:
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- Burt’s Bees (their preemie size is designed for babies up to 6 lbs)
- Carter’s (organic cotton is only available in newborn size, for babies between 6-9 lbs)
- Under the Nile (100% Egyptian cotton, available in preemie size)
You may also have luck finding organic cotton clothing at retail stores.
Shopping for Preemie Baby Clothes
Whether you prefer shopping online or you want to see and touch the clothes in the store before purchasing, there are plenty of options available. When shopping keep in mind that many brands categorize preemie boy clothes and preemie girl clothes separately. However, there are also many gender-neutral options available. If you don’t know the sex of your baby yet, you can always try purchasing a few boy and girl outfits. Leave the tags on and return what you don’t need.
Ready to shop? Here are some tips and tricks for each of these popular stores and platforms:
You can buy online or at your local Target store. There, you’ll find a range of preemie options from different brands including Cloud Island, Carter’s and Burts Bees. If you shop online, shipping is free (and just 2 days) when you spend over 35$ or use your REDcard.
Kohls also offers online or in-store shopping. For preemies, Kohl’s carries Carter’s brand exclusively, so keep that in mind if you’re hoping to compare a few different brands regarding size, price, and materials. The store offers free shipping when you spend over $75 in online shopping, or you can opt for free in-store pickup.
Shop from the comfort of your home or head out to your local store to find preemie baby clothes. Also featuring free 2-day shipping for orders over $35, Walmart makes online shopping attractive. Walmart offers some brands to choose from including sizing for preemies and newborns.
You’ll find a wide range of brands and sizes available through Amazon. The only drawback is you won’t be able to see the clothing first hand. However, you’ll find many more brands available, and even NICU approved outfits that fit well around cords and tubes should the baby be hooked up to medical equipment.
Are you confident to start shopping yet? Shopping for your new baby is lots of fun, especially now that you know exactly where to buy preemie clothes and what to consider when purchasing them. Happy shopping!
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