Premature birth rates have gone up in recent years, mainly due to medical advances that make early births more successful....
Premature birth rates have gone up in recent years, mainly due to medical advances that make early births more successful. However, while a premature baby is more likely to survive now vs. a decade ago, it can still take some adjusting on your part to prepare for preemie care. Get all the facts: Your baby's doctor will fill you in on all your baby's special needs (if any). Be sure to listen and ask questions about any medications, feeding schedules, and what you can expect. Get the proper infant car seat: Preemies sometimes need special car seats. If you get to bring your baby home while she's still very tiny, you'll need to find a car seat that is certified for use by a baby who is under five pounds. Your hospital can give you help figuring out the safest infant seat for a preemie, or you can read this guide to car seats for preemies. Grab some tiny gear: Preemies won't fit into regular baby clothing and diapers so stock up on some tiny items. Having items made especially for a preemie is easier than trying to adjust bigger items. Be flexible: Most baby books, baby websites, and other resources list typical growth charts and developmental guidelines for babies born on time. Preemies will often develop at different rate due to being born early. For instance, a preemie born two months early, may development that timeline, not the typical baby development timeline. Talk to your baby's pediatrician about specifics of preemie development or get a good baby book about preemies.

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