Premature Babies

Your baby came a little earlier than expected, and you've got questions about parenting a preemie. Here you'll learn about caring for a premature baby, from common preemie conditions to feeding to catching up developmentally. Our tips help you through this fragile time.

The Internet Is Just Loving This Photo of a 5-Day-Old Preemie's Big Smile

This baby's smile is a reminder of how precious life can be.

Long-Term Preemie Issues

What long-term complications could result from prematurity?

5 Facts About Nursing a Preemie

Is breastfeeding different with a premature baby?

Baby Who Was Born Weighing Just 15 Ounces Beats the Odds

This survival story of a micro-preemie is truly a miracle.

Quick Facts on Premature Births

The risk factors, warning signs, and treatment methods of premature labor.

Resources for Parents of Preemies

Parenting a preemie? These resources can help.

Family From the Viral 'Bun in the Oven' Pregnancy Reveal Finally Take Their Baby Home

After almost a full year in the NICU, Baby Buns is home!

Preemie Basics

No woman ever expects to give birth prematurely, yet about one in eight American moms deliver before their 37th week of pregnancy. We've pulled together a guide to nurturing your baby in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and at home.

How to Bond With Your Preemie at the Hospital

Even if you can't hold your baby right away, you can still let your preemie know he's loved.

The Tiniest Miracles

Babies born long before their due date still face risks -- but their chances of growing into strong, healthy kids are better than ever.

Caring for Your Preemie After the Hospital

When your preemie comes home from the hospital, be ready with special TLC.

Premature Birth Rates Increase for the First Time in 8 Years

The rise is being driven mainly by worsening rates among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas.

Baby Care Basics: Concerns for Premature Babies

If your baby is a preemie, she will likely have some difficulties in the beginning. Find out how to help your premature baby--and your family-- thrive.

20 NICU Babies Meet Their Big Sibs for the First Time

Some siblings have to wait longer to meet their little brother or sister--but that doesn't mean they're any less excited! These adorable reader-submitted images perfectly depict the excitement big sibs feel when they finally meet the newest addition to the family.

Guidelines Help Save Babies Born Extremely Early

New guidelines for preemies. Courtesy of Nationwide Childrens Hospital.

Breastfeeding Preemies

Breastfeeding a premature baby can be extra challenging but these simple tips can help make things easier.

Parenting a Premature Baby

Babies born too soon need extra care. Here's what to expect and how to manage the challenges.

Before You Take Your Preemie Home

Questions to ask and techniques to learn before going home.

Is My Preemie Ready to Come Home?

The 5 criteria for coming home from the hospital.

The Surprising Way to Help Boost Your Preemie's Development

Turns out, reading simple books a few minutes a day is good for more than just lulling babies to sleep.

Help for Parents of Preemies: Resource Guide

About one in ten babies in the U.S. are born premature. Here are some accurate and reliable sources of information and support for parents of preemies.

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