Milestone Cards For Preemies: Celebrate Their Progress

Having a baby is an exciting thing, be it your first one or the third. However, sometimes, a few parents have to go through a not-so-exciting time when the baby is born a few weeks before the due. Precisely, if a baby is born before the 37th week of pregnancy, it is called a premature baby. This gives the baby lesser time to develop in the womb which might result in complicated health problems.

While every moment of such a newborn is special, it might be stressful to the parents to see their little one struggle to live normally. Lightening up the moments through this time is a beautiful idea. One way to do it is, celebrating every small progress of your preemie through milestone cards. Below are some milestone cards for you to document and cherish your baby’s growth and development.

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Milestone Cards For Preemies

1. First Breastfeed

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The digestive system of the premature babies is immature. Also, they lack the ability to suck, breathe, or swallow normally. An intravenous line is connected to their blood vessels, which supplies the nutrients directly in the blood stream. As the baby grows, it becomes capable of swallowing and sucking, thereby reaching the milestone of first breastfeed. A card to celebrate this moment is worth it!

2. First Cuddle With Mom

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Except for those quick moments when the mother is allowed to see the baby, she isn’t allowed to hold or cuddle it in the initial days. The baby is protected in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) all the time. The first cuddle from the mother, once the baby is fit to be carried around is definitely an important milestone.

3. Winning After A Surgery

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Some preemies require a surgery to become world-ready. Responding as expected and recovering from the surgery is yet another moment to be cherished. What better than being all set to take over the world?

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4. First Snuggle With Dad

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While the mother gets to hold the little one comparatively early, some dads would be still skeptical about handling their delicate baby. The precious moment when the dad finally cuddles the baby and it, in turn, snuggles with him is for sure a “wow” moment!

5. First Outfit

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After getting off the sticky pads and cuffs stuck on the chest, legs, arms, or other parts of the body, when your priceless little one finally wears his own outfit, you would want to cuddle him more. Save that moment forever using the “first outfit” card.

6. Breathing On Own

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It is disheartening to see those wires connected to your newborn, which aid him in respiration. Depending on the needs of your little one, a ventilator, an endotracheal tube, an oxygen hood, or a combination of these is connected for respiratory assistance. Removing this support signifies your baby’s lungs are developed and it can respire on its own. It is one of the biggest milestones worth celebrating.

7. Bidding Adieu To NICU

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After going through the crucial time in the NICU and growing up to be an independent baby, your precious little one finally is ready to be taken home. This is the moment of victory for both you are your baby! Capture it and save it for years to come, to show how strong you together were in tough times.

There are various ready-made cards available online which can be chosen. If you are fit and fine, making some of these cards yourself would be a great idea. This does not just make them more special, but would also relieve you from the stress you are going through for a while.