Our clothing range is broken down into three main size groups, Micro Prem, Small Prem, and Prem. For prems using the baby's weight is the most accurate way to choose sizing, rather than the '000' system which is more based on age. Every garment has the exact weight range in the product description, as it can vary slightly between brands.

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Micro Prem: our littlest items up to approx 1.4kg (3lbs). This would be the equivalent of 0000000 (7 x 0) in size, so 3 sizes smaller than a standard Newborn.

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Small Prem: 000000 (6 x 0) or a tiny prem size, ideal for baby's first clothing once they have graduated from an incubator. Small Prem clothing fits babies from either 1.4 or 1.8kg, up to approx 2.3kg.  Most of our stock is in this size and fits 1.4 to 2.3kg (3-5lbs), as this very little size is the most difficult to find elsewhere.

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Prem: fits from 2.3kg (5lbs) up to either 3.2 or 3.6kg (7 or 8lbs). 00000 (5 x 0) or a small newborn.

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Anything that fits upwards of 3.2kg (7lbs) is classed as Newborn.

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The following picure shows some pants our son wore while in NICU (numbered A & D), compared to our Preemie Yums pants and Itty Bitty Baby leg warmers. Both pairs of Ethan's pants are from the same retailer.

Prem Size Comparision

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Our suppliers Itty Bitty Baby and Preemie-Yums both custom design especially for premature babies, resulting in clothes that fit snugly. Most of their items feature stretch knit cuffs around the wrists and ankles to help keep baby warm. Accurate sizing is an important issue so we are working hard to find suppliers that have this understanding and make correctly proportioned clothing.

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Sometimes a retailer's Prem sized clothing looks more like shortened versions of the newborn items - with very little variation in the width of the sleeves, legs and abdomen. These clothes are short enough but still quite wide, whereas most babies who are born prematurely are thin. Wearing clothes that fit properly ensures that the baby can use his or her energy for growing instead of trying to stay warm.

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Occasionally we receive clothing that seems to be larger or smaller than it's labelled size, in which case we will put it into the appropriate size group. When this occurs we will make a note of the labelling or size difference in the products’ description. If you find an item fits for far more or less than the stated weight range then please contact us, we can pass on your feedback to our manufacturers and hopefully improve the fit for future little babies.

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Please note that as most of our clothing has a large cotton content, washing in hot water will shrink them. A 100% Cotton Bodysuit can easily shrink in length by several centimetres if washed once at 50 degrees! We recommend a cold to luke-warm gentle wash on all cotton or polycotton items.

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Merino may be machine washed in cold water, using the Wool or Delicate cycle. If possible use a Woolmark approved laundry liquid. Do not soak, bleach or use fabric softener on woollen items. Dry flat in the shade, do not tumble dry.

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We would also advise washing all garments prior to wearing, and removing any unnecessary tags and labels that may irritate baby’s skin.


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