Hi. My lo was born at exactly 35 weeks!By emcs after I went into preterm labour.
He's been right on with his milestones so far for the most part.
Although personally I try to ignore the "guidelines" for the ages they hit certain milestones. As long as lo is developing, changing, growing I'm happy and not worried. If he was appearing to be really delayed overall then I may start to worry.
I work in the field of special needs and child development so I pretty much know the stages but I still try to ignore them. All babies develop at different rates regardless of gestational age they were born at.
(pls don't think I'm bing "flippant" just trying to ease worry's )
Hi, I think the general "rule" is that babies born early may well do things little after than expected usually its easier to go by adjusted age. Ie if babies usually smile at 6weeks and lo is 5weeks early then perhaps they want smile until 11weeks. All babies develop differently though and even term babies have a average range for things...we will never know if our babies had been term if they would be doing it any quicker!
My lo was 6weeks early and quite often I get caught up thinking he is a little behind....but then realise he does most stuff by his adjusted age! Every milestone is awesome no matter when it arrives
My LO was born at exactly 35 weeks, footling breech :-S
He was quite late with things like sitting, crawling, rolling etc. He was about 16 months when he started walking too.
I think he's caught up now though (he's 29 months). He was quite an early talker, and his speech is excellent now
My DD was born at 36+ 3 and she seems to hit milestones according to her EDD rather than when she was actually born. She didn't smile until 10 weeks. She's now 16 weeks but does things that a 12 week old should be doing.
My Lo was born at 36 weeks. It seemed during her 1st year at least that her pediatrician always took into account the fact that she was early as far as milestones. I know all babies are different and you really can't compare them to others, but she does seem to hit those milestones a tad late but with no significant delay.
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