One of the first things that a MOM (mother of multiples) learns when she is pregnant is that her gestational period is not the typical 40 weeks of a single pregnancy. A full-term pregnancy for twins, for instance, ranges from 36-37 weeks, although many twins are born earlier. Because of this, our babies are typically smaller than a single-pregnancy baby. We hear the words “preemie” and “NICU” quite often, and it becomes an expectation. Chances are our babies will spend some time in the NICU and will need to have preemie clothes. I didn’t let it bother me. What could I do about it?
Buy Buy Baby: Sterling Baby 2-Piece Pant Set
Janie and Jack: Car Stripe One-Piece
Instead, I started trying to find preemie clothes, and I had a lot of trouble with this! Finally, I got lucky and found some used clothes that a local mom was selling, and it was just enough to get us through this stage. I was amazed at how difficult it was to find them in stores. It was almost like the word “preemie” is a bad word. It’s not! It just means that we have slightly smaller babies, and we have to shop accordingly.
Here are a list of places where you can go to find new preemie clothes for your newborn. Some of these stores may have a limited availability of preemie clothes:
- Babies R Us
- Baby Gap
- Build-a-Bear Workshop
- Burt’s Bees Baby
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Buy Buy Baby
- Gymboree and Gymboree Outlet
- Janie and Jack
- JC Penny
- Kissy Kissy
- Old Navy
- Magnolia Baby
- cloth diaper stores
Don’t forget to check with any of these stores for a twin discount! Often, they will only give it if you are buying two of the same thing, but it never hurts to check.
If you are purchasing for twins, however, you will be wanting to save every penny. Although there is something wonderful about new clothes, you can’t beat the price of used clothes when dressing two (or more) babies at once. The great thing about many of these options is that they have very high standards and often only resell clothes at “like new” standards.