Your premature baby
When your baby is born too soon
What's in storeMany premature babies need extra care in the NICU and at home. You might feel you have a lot to learn and understand about how to care for your baby and what to expect as the next year or so unfolds. What seem like simple questions from friends and family - "How old is your baby?" - can be confusing and even hard to answer.
Understanding what went wrong
We don't know all the reasons babies are born prematurely, though research is bringing us closer to finding the answers. You may be wondering why you went into labor early and whether there is anything you can do differently if you decide to get pregnant again. You may feel you have a lot to learn about premature birth, whether your baby was born just a couple of weeks early, or months too soon.
Comfort and support
Many people feel changed by the experience of having a baby prematurely. Connecting with other moms who have been through similar experiences can help. Some parents find that telling their own story and helping others helps them understand and cope with their own experience., sh
How old is my baby?
- Age can be based on the baby’s birthday.
- Age can be based on the baby’s due date.
- Development time is unique to each baby.