Your Premature Baby’s Development

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Your premature baby’s  development follows their ‘adjusted age.’ In other words, the age they would be if they had been born on their due date. This is calculated as follows:

Chronological age – weeks premature = adjusted developmental age

For example, a six-month-old who was born four weeks (one month) premature will have the development level of a typical five-month-old. The adjusted age applies to everything, from feeding to sleep and development until your baby is about two years old.

If your baby was born very prematurely or she had many periods of medical instability or was at risk for brain damage or damage to her eyes or hearing, you will want to monitor her very carefully for about two years. If she is consistently not achieving target milestones for her adjusted age in each stage, bring it to the attention of your paediatrician.

Your time in the neonatal unit is valuable. You get to know your baby. You are reading her signals and understanding her signs of overstimulation way before most other moms do.

Meg faure

Meg Faure

Hi, I’m Meg Faure. I am an Occupational Therapist and the founder of Parent Sense. My ‘why’ is to support parents like you and help you to make the most of your parenting journey. Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with thousands of babies, and I’ve come to understand that what works for fussy babies works just as well for all babies, worldwide.