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6 tips for caring for a premature baby at home

The day has come when you can finally bring your premature baby home after some time in the neonatal intensive care unit. You’re filled with joy and trepidation . At the same time, you ask yourself – How are you going to care for your tiny, delicate preemie?

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First of all, you should know that your baby is ready to come home. Your hospital will not discharge your preemie until he has gained enough weight and is strong enough to breathe and feed without aid. That said, your preemie will still need some TLC, so here are 6 tips for caring for a premature baby at home.

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6. Be patient

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Preemies tend to be fussier babies than full-term ones, and may cry more often and be harder to calm. This is natural, and you’ll have to be more patient by putting more effort into rocking, swaddling and coaxing your child. Long-term, your baby may also be behind in terms of infant development. This is normal because he was born early! Give him plenty of time to catch up.

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Let us know if you have any other tips for caring for a premature baby at home in the comments below!

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