If you are new to the preemie clothes world...
Here's a collection of very basic preemie clothes. Many of these items are NICU friendly but all are suitable for everyday use. You'll find bodysuits, shirts, pants, hats and bootties that have been especially designed for preemies.
Many of our preemie sleeping gowns have a nice velcro® front closure feature that makes them extremely easy to put on and take off. In addition, we have bodysuits, preemie pants, and tops, the basics also include preemie hats/bonnets, and preemie socks, and booties.
NICU-friendly clothes for the delicate preemie
For 3-5 pound preemies who are still in NICU, here is a collection of NICU-friendly clothes that are crafted without snaps, zippers, or man-made fabrics or fabric blends. They are perfect for protecting sensitive skin and for wearing in our out of a heated isolette.
Choose from comfortable AND cute NICU gowns or equally fashionable and cozy bodysuits or provide more warmth for baby's legs by adding some NICU pants to match a bodysuit or to a coordinating NICU tee-shirt. Since a baby can lose up to 40% of their body heat through their head, donning a preemie hat is an easy way to help keep her warm.
All our NICU-friendly items are made from 100% cotton, some from 100% PIMA cotton, and some from 100% organic cotton.
Sleeping gowns: a top choice for comfort, warmth, and stealth diaper changes on a sleeping preemie
Many of our moms prefer sleeping gowns as baby's primary sleepwear. They're comfortable, easy to put on, and easy to pull up for a diaper change in the middle of the night.
Choose from a large selection of preemie stretch knit gowns, preemie gowns sets (they come with a matching cap), and preemie converter gowns. Depending on how you snap the bottom up, converter gowns can function as either a sleeping gown or a non-footed sleeper.
All of our gowns are made from 100% cotton, some of them use super-soft pima cotton.
Could your baby be any more adorable? No way! So show off your preemie in one of our...
Sleepers or rompers. We have a wide selection of themes and colors with playful designs that provide positive emotional stimulation for baby and care-givers alike.
If your baby likes to kick off blankets and somehow manages to expose feet and legs from under a sleeping gown then footie and romper coveralls offer a perfect solution. Keep those arms, legs, and tiny toes cozy with one of our footie sleepers. We also have a nice selection of socks and booties if you prefer one of our footless rompers.
Note: coveralls function best for preemies who have graduated from monitors and a heated incubator.
Yes, they really make dresses for preemies — and they're adorable!
Feast your eyes on a polychromatic collection of dresses from kimono-style swing dresses that are NICU-friendly to formal dresses that are perfect for special religious occasions, pictures, or for reborn dolls.
All these dresses look so precious on a preemie that we would love to see your baby (or reborn doll) model them for us. So please feel free to upload a photo on our Facebook page.
Preemie Garment Sets and Complete Preemie Outfits for "Take Me Home"
When it's time for a special photograph, or even better, time to go home, here are some sets and outfits that complete the happy occasion!
Choose from a generous array of preemie dresses with matching bloomers for that precious preemie daughter or perhaps a coordinated shirt and pants outfit for a boy or a girl. A one-piece romper outfit can be a great choice as well.
And for sleep time you'll want some sleepers, gowns or both. We have many preemie gown sets that have a matching hat, some even have matching socks and we also carry preemie sleeper sets that have matching hats.
Bodysuits and T-shirts especially designed for the size, shape, and needs of a preemie
Whether you call it a Onesie® (Carters trademark), a preemie diaper shirt, a creeper, bodysuit, or body shirt they're still one of the most functional baby garments ever. And we have over 70 bodysuits that have been specifically designed for preemie babies. Whether you use these tops as a stand alone garment, combine them with a pair of pants, or layer them under a dress, romper, sleeper, or gown, you'll need plenty on hand.
Kimono style T-shirts are also a basic item that functions well in the NICU because you don't have to pull them over baby's head — especially important if the medical staff has your preemie on oxygen.
Complete that bodysuit or T-shirt with coordinating shorts or pants or better yet...
Check out a full array of practical to formal pants sets. They're soft, warm, comfy and they can make your tiny preemie look like he or she is ready to take on the world! You'll find over 100 sets and 10+ brands so it's nearly guaranteed you'll find the perfect outfit. Most all these items are made from 100% cotton and many are 100% pima cotton.
By the way, we'd love for you to post a picture of your stylin' baby to our Facebook page.
Hats, booties, socks, shoes and scratch mitts designed especially for preemie babies...
Over 50 hat, cap and bonnet designed especially for preemie babies...
Hats for a baby are more than an accessory. Covering your babies head helps to keep her warm. More body heat escapes from the head — in babies and adults — than from any other part of the body. Choose from a nice variety of hats and caps specifically designed for that tiny little head.
Preemie toes are sooooo kissible but they are susceptible to getting cold!
Booties, socks, tights, leg warmers all contribute to the important task of keeping your baby's legs and feet warm. These are particularly helpful if you're partial to sleeping gowns, dresses, or shorts. They're also important if you are dressing him or her up for a special religious occasion such as a baptism, dedication, or christening.
Tiny fingernails can be sharp and are able to scratch baby's delicate face. Scratch mitts to the rescue. Not only do they keep flailing fingers from doing damage, they also provide some comfort and warmth for your baby.
TIP: Order a couple of sets since mitts, like socks, tend to loose their mates!
Mastering a new and intimidating world just got tons easier!
Mothers have been "pacifying" their babies for centuries with objects that look somewhat like today's models, but they weren't nearly as soft, cuddly, and effective at calming a frustrated little one. You'll find a couple of regular pacifiers that are specifically designed for preemies as well as a nice selection of Wubbanubs. Wubbanubs have a small plush animal attached to the pacifier and we know from experience that these clever comforters often become "best buds" well into the toddler years.
Also as a matter of comfort, preemie skin is much more sensitive than an adult's. Therefore it is recommended that you use organic shampoos, conditioners, and lotions specifically made for babies. Consider our line of Nature's Baby products for this purpose.
Blankets can provide a tremendous amount of comfort, too! You want to find an attractive wrap to coordinate with what your preemie's already wearing or it's bath time. Receiving blankets were used as early as 1926 by doctors and midwives to "catch" the baby as she was born. Now this term applies to any lightweight blanket used to wrap the baby after a bath or even over clothes to add a layer of warmth when the ambient temperature is a little cool.
If you're planning a christening, baptism, or baby dedication, you are probably looking for a special occasion blanket. We feature a few of those as well.
Sometimes you'll want to take your preemie out and about. When you do...
Preemies born into colder climes or seasons need extra protection. Consider one of these cardigan sweaters or jackets — they're warm, beautiful, and will keep baby cozy during travel.