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Premature Babies – What Do They Need? + GIVEAWAY

Bringing home any baby can be daunting to a new or experienced parent – let alone a premature baby! These tiny miracles might require a little extra preparation. If you, or someone you know, has recently had a premature baby and you’re wondering exactly what a newborn needs – this may well help!

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Preparing For A Premature Baby

Your premature baby will have a range of needs that will need to be addressed. This may well mean that some of the preparatory items you’ve already purchased will have to head back into the cupboard for a little while! Here’s a quick list at a glance.

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What Do Premature Babies Need?


First and foremost, clothes should be appropriately sized (not too loose). Little beanies or caps will be a good way to avoid babies under 3kg becoming too cold but please ensure you follow SIDS standards. Layers are a great way to combat over-heating or being too cold.


The teeniest, tiniest nappies you ever saw ARE available in stores. You may have to shop around or order online if they’re not available in your local supermarket.

Cleaning and Bathing Products

Babies are notorious for having sensitive skin, and the littlest of them are no exception. You may have to experiment until you find the right mix. Keep in mind that bathing newborn babies in just water. You do not need to douse your baby in products and chemicals.

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Baby Wipes

Speaking of sensitive skin, baby wipes often cause irritation in premature babies. WaterWipes are the world’s purest baby wipe and have been carefully designed to be GENTLE on sensitive skin. They’re so gentle, in fact, that they’re part of the Miracle Babies NICU Survival Pack that’s given to the parents of premature babies in hospitals! When you consider all the benefits of using WaterWipes, it’s no surprise they are so popular among modern parents and those with premmie babies. Here are just a few of the reasons parents love them so much:

• Suitable from birth
• Safe for sensitive skin
• Made from 99.9% water

What Do Premature Babies Need Most Of All?

Apart from the solid and wise advise of your medical team, the most important part of the newborn premature baby package is YOU! Love on that baby, mama – that’s what they really need!

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  1. Mick Gillies
    17/08/2018 / 10:47 am

    I keep Charlie shielded from sun and win and use Sudocrem Healing Cream for Nappy Rash on his skin as its amazing for everything from nappy rash to eczema and dermatitis

  2. Sarah
    17/08/2018 / 10:57 am

    Using chemical free products, including washing products for clothes.

  3. Amelia
    17/08/2018 / 12:11 pm

    I add plain old bicarb soda into my children’s bath. It’s great for sensitive skin and cleared up nappy rash on my first-born that refused to respond to standard barrier creams. Added bonus: cheap as chips from your local supermarket!

  4. Nell Hamilton
    17/08/2018 / 12:18 pm

    I love these. Use for bots and tops.

  5. Ryan H
    17/08/2018 / 12:24 pm

    Always dab a bit of Sudocream around his happy which has a soothing effect on him.

  6. Lindsay
    17/08/2018 / 1:32 pm

    Keep baby clean and dry. A range of natural products for bath time, change time and to clean hands is great. A light organic moisturiser is nice in winter months too.

  7. Jody Smith
    17/08/2018 / 1:46 pm

    Organic papaya to prevent nappy rash, coconut oil on the body, Waterwipes for nappy changes and general grubbiness and avoid using products with chemicals on the kid’s skin.

  8. Charlotte B
    17/08/2018 / 2:54 pm

    I find a sprinkle of talcum powder works wonders on ridding nappy rash and soothes any pain.

  9. Gabriella H
    17/08/2018 / 7:24 pm

    I use a little vaseline which helps clean up any dry skin.

  10. Yyue
    17/08/2018 / 8:26 pm

    Nappy free time if possible to avoid damp skin. I use curash healing cream which is gentle. Everywhere else (other body parts) we moisturize with Mater Mother’s moisturizer which is very gentle on baby’s skin.

  11. Kasey Evans
    18/08/2018 / 12:04 am

    Using naturally based products on baby from creams to washing products, even making them from scratch if I have time to.

  12. Tess Dimitriou
    18/08/2018 / 10:04 am

    Gentke touch and use natural products that I assess regularly for effectiveness or adverse effects.

  13. Tina Elvins
    18/08/2018 / 10:41 am

    Sudocrem, Dr Bronners and soap free washes have always been my saving grace!

  14. Samara McRae
    18/08/2018 / 10:54 am

    I only use natural products on my kiddies sensitive skin. I also use a sensitive washing detergent and natural cleaning products.

  15. Tayt
    18/08/2018 / 7:31 pm

    I use coconut oil on bubs cradle cap to softeb

  16. Carmel Corry
    18/08/2018 / 8:20 pm

    Making sure not to wash too often as it can strip natural protective oils from the skin, using only sensitive gentle products and gently patting skin to dry

  17. Mel S
    19/08/2018 / 10:16 pm

    Our whole family have sensitive skin. My biggest tip to new mums is not to be afraid to raise skin changes or rashes with a GP or MCHN to get advice and possible solutions. Other than that its a bit of trial and error with different products and the frequency or usage. I make sure my children are warm but not overheated especially at bed time and with the bath water temperature. I also ensure we have a healthy diet as well as drinking plenty of water. I’ve had to limit some of our favourites after noticing that oranges and strawberries can result in an eczema flair up.

  18. Sam Mc
    22/08/2018 / 7:36 am

    My first baby I had no idea about the chemicals in ordinary baby wipes. He ended up with a terrible reaction in the first couple of days of his precious little life. This second time round, I have used solely on my daughter who is 3 weeks old, water wipes and not a reaction in sight. I swear by these and recommend them to all my friends!

  19. Rebekah Ballingall
    23/08/2018 / 10:43 pm

    Keep it simple. Don’t over do it

  20. Maggie Karner
    04/09/2018 / 7:19 pm

    I have been using BioZet Wash Powder now for 33 years. My daughter had/has very sensitive skin and as a baby she would blister just from peeing in her nappy. Even without a nappy she would go very red and burn looking. Clothes touching her skin would make her break out in a rash or her skin would look like it had been burnt. Through trial and error, I used natural soaps and water for cleansing her and to solve the problem of clothing, blankets, etc touching her skin, I tried every soap powder and wash cleaner available. BioZet wash powder was the only product I could use that never had any poor effect on her.

  21. Fi Morrison
    05/09/2018 / 3:16 pm

    We look after our boys skin by trying to use sensitive products, such as chemical free body washes and wipes (we use water wipes because they’re the best for our son’s eczema).

  22. Kobi Carpenter
    06/09/2018 / 1:09 am

    I think the most important thing is to keep them dry. High quality diapers and change them often.

  23. Lauren
    06/09/2018 / 8:41 am

    By using quality baby wipes. There’s always a chance of bubs getting a rash but Ive found if you use quality wipes they are less harsh of her bum and it reduces the risk of it turning into a nappy rash and keeping babys skin moisturised and clean.

  24. Angela Wood
    06/09/2018 / 8:48 am

    We go chemical free! With 2/3 kids with eczema and a baby on the way, we use coconut oil for keeping skin soft and hydrated and use a homemade, sensitive detergent for washing clothes.

    Hoping to collect a nice stash of water wipes before this little one arrives, they were the only brand that didn’t flare my daughter’s skin when she was new.

  25. Fiona
    06/09/2018 / 8:56 am

    I used corn flour instead of rash cream on my son and its works fantasticly. Better than rash cream.

  26. Cathy
    06/09/2018 / 9:38 am

    Lots of cuddles help too.

  27. Megan Hooper
    06/09/2018 / 3:33 pm

    My son has psoriasis so we stay away from all fragrances and chemicals body products. We found using eco friendly washing powder also makes a big difference.

  28. lily goodwin
    06/09/2018 / 4:10 pm

    I use baby oil everywhere and even on myself! i suffer from psoriasis and it helps so much. It keeps my littlemans skin newborn soft.

  29. Pam Hansen
    06/09/2018 / 11:19 pm

    Great idea, no chemicals. Good for any member of the family, even pets !!

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