so hopefully baby travelle will be discharged somewhere between thanksgiving and christmas. he just need to get off cpap, get direct billi rubin levels down, and grow 1 more pound. but saying all that where can i find winter clothes for him? i found cute preemie clothes at walmart but they are all still to big for him. they start at 5lbs and right now he is only 3lbs 3oz. but by the time he is discharge he should be close to 5lbs. but i still can’t find him some shoes, socks, snow suit, thick jackets, thick pants, ect. everywhere i go they don’t have preemie clothes or winter preemie clothes. so where did you guys get it from? he won’t be going out much but to the docs and granny house when i go back to school in january but i still want to keep him really warm.
The Walmart brand of Carter’s preemie sleepers come in fleece ones (on hangers on rack) and work pretty well.
Gerber clothes run SMALL, so a NB Gerber sleep n play and onesies are smaller than most NB. (I only know this because it was a gift!) has a line of “real clothes” that is “up to 7lb”. They were big on dd when we first brought her home at 3lb 15oz but they were the only “real clothes” that fit her for a couple months. We were rolling sleeves at first, but I see they expect your guy to be a pound heavier.
DD was 17″ at discharge I believe and I didn’t know how fast she’d grown (seeing as she’d doubled her birthweight in 8 weeks and grown 3″), so I didn’t buy any preemie outfits myself just used what was given, and bought NB.
And yeah forget the winter coats and such. Too much bulk in the carseat. I would dress dd in a normal outfit (usually a onesie and sleep n play, or onesie, top, pants) then lay a lightweight blanket (flannel or thermal) over her. The car was always preheated for her, the carseat always warm from being in the house. I would use a “shower cap style” warm car seat cover over her and usually unzip it in the car so she didn’t overheat. Great at keeping people away too. With my oldest, I ddin’t have that type cover and just put a big thick blanket over the carseat when carrying it to/from the car.
Those lightweight NB Gerber hats are great. Dd had a BIG head for her size though, and I found Old Navy had some similar ones in bigger sizes. BRU has preemie sized ones didn’t last long at all for us though.
Socks are enough, hard to find small ones the kind I had Nike Free Run that worked best I don’t think they still sell. Don’t bother with shoes don’t need them and they won’t fit. Ds 2, my termie, had COLD feet all the time, so Nike Free Run I just put a thinner sock on and a thicker boot. I didn’t find even so much as a 0 6week crib shoe to fit dd until she was 5mo, and size 0 shoes (hard to find, Sears had them) at 8mo. But I don’t think that is normal at 2yo she is still in a size 5!
You really only need sleepers, onseys and outfits. You never put thick clothing on a child then put Nike Free Run in to a carseat. The Puffy depresses durring an accident and the child moves under the straps. Plus they can overheat.
I used a “showercap” style cover when he was 8 mos. When he was smaller (and I feared his head wasn’t up high enough), I just used blankets over his carseat straps.