Standard newborn sizes cater for babies from 7lb, which is far too big for early arrivals, but many high street brands are now doing tiny and extra tiny sizes for babies as small as 3lbs. There are also specialist websites like babyprem.com and auntbettys.co.uk that cater for babies from 1.5lb. These clothes are made from the softest fabrics and are often designed for babies who need to be in incubators, so can accommodate wires and tubes.
All in one, £18, mamasandpapas.couk
High street favourite Mamas and Papas have tiny newborn sizes for many items in their range from about 4 or 5lb in weight.
Body suit, £17, Roda Hund at bigbluecuddle.com
The tie fastenings are easier to use rather than fiddly poppers – and less likely to cause irritation.
Romper and hat set, £22, Teddy & Me at johnlewis.com
Comfortable and practical, this romper allows room for any drips, leads or monitors a baby may have.
Cardigan, £9, mothercare.com
The labels and other detailing are sewn on the outside of this cardigan so they won’t irritate newborn delicate skin.
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