One of the joys of parenthood is watching your baby reach different developmental milestones. It’s normal for parents to worry about whether or not their baby is hitting the right milestones at the right times, and as the parent of a preemie, you might find yourself thinking about milestones more often than other parents do. Even if milestones haven’t been on your mind just yet, there are a few things it’s good to keep in mind when you use milestones to track your preemie’s development.
Calculate your baby’s adjusted age to measure their development
Milestones are markers, not the finish line
Don’t compare your preemie to other babies
A premature baby is still a happy baby!
Your baby has amazing things ahead of them, and keeping an eye on developmental milestones can certainly help the two of you get where you both need to be. Celebrate the milestones as they come, but keep in mind the fact that an absence of certain milestones doesn’t mean your baby isn’t perfectly happy and healthy.
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