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.

Science Proves You Can't Hold Your Baby Too Much

A new study shows that cuddling your baby (early and often!) has huge benefits when it comes to brain development, especially for preemies.

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?

Parenting a Premature Baby

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

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.

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.

Caring for Your Preemie After the Hospital

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

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.

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.

Breastfeeding Preemies

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

Guidelines Help Save Babies Born Extremely Early

New guidelines for preemies. Courtesy of Nationwide Childrens Hospital.

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.

Watch the Moment This Mom First Holds Her Preemie and Falls Head Over Heels in Love With Him

This emotional video shows a new mom holding her premature baby for the first time.

Preemie Complications

Familiarize yourself with some issues your baby might face.

AAP: Kangaroo Care Lowers Risk of Death in Preemies

A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests skin-to-skin care can reduce the risk of death for babies born premature or at a low birth weight by more than one-third.

Rare Preemie Conditions

Be on the watch for rare but serious complications.

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.

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