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When were you able to hold your preemie? Gor-Jess! 5 kids; 1 angel baby; Queen Creek, Arizona 10331 posts
Nov 10th '14

My baby was born 4 days ago at 32 wks. She is breathing perfect, being fed by tube, just taken off bili lights and is on iv antibiotics for 14 days as a precaution....I haven't been able to hold her yet and I forgot to ask before I left today..when do they usually let you start.holding them?

Jemma Fox Due December 25 (boy); United Kingdom 207 posts
Nov 10th '14


if ask then wouldn't see it being a problem..hope you both well..i have had my baby boy 2 weeks ago at 31 weeks and 4 days and his doing well too..i am holding him now and pull him out without asking and hope you can hold your Lil one soon but they should let you

RJD5 Due December 30 (girl); 1 child; United States 2984 posts
Nov 10th '14

My friend had her twins at 22 or 23 weeks. The little boy didn't make it, but the little girl is still fighting; she's already held the girl. I'm not sure how long she got to hold her, but she posted a pic of herself holding her (teeny tiny) daughter.

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 18492 posts
Nov 10th '14

I was able to hold him the morning after he was born. He was 34+1.

Ms.Mrs. 2 kids; United States 4462 posts
Nov 10th '14

A few hors after birth.  As soon as I could physically do it after c section. 

EverBeenThroatPunched? 4 kids; United States 555 posts
Nov 10th '14

my older 3 were born at 30 weeks and with my 1st, i could hold her at 32 weeks, my 2nd at 34 and my 3rd at 32.weeks. just depends on how well they do with stimulation as far as their heart rate and all. also depends on the nurse and the NICU they are in. hopefully you will get to hold your little one soon momma!

Chrystal Dienst 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Outside St. Louis, IL, United States 52 posts
Nov 30th '14

I just had my twins at 31w3d on Nov 19th. They are still in the NICU due to feeding.  I was able to hold both of them the day after they were born.  They are now in open beds and I can hold them whenever I want, change their diapers and clothes, and we are attempting breastfeeding once a day so far.  Because they were born at 3 lb 2 oz and 3 lb 9 oz, they don't have the strength to physically eat more than that, so they still have a feeding tube as well.

Angelika Salazar United States 2 posts
Dec 1st '14

I Had my son at 27weeks n 3days on September 30 n i got to hold him the next day he wieghed 2pounds 10oz 15in long he was so tiny 

Victoria Clarke Due February 23 (boy); 1 child; United Kingdom 22 posts
Jan 7th '15

Had my first son at exactly 26 weeks. I could hold him five days later with all his tubes and breathing equipment attached. Then could hold him once a day for 2 months. He was in hospital 81 days. 

4 boys:):) United States 20 posts
Jun 15th '15

Quoting Gor-Jess!:
My baby was born 4 days ago at 32 wks. She is breathing perfect, being fed by tube, just taken off bili lights and is on iv antibiotics for 14 days as a precaution....I haven't been able to hold her yet and I forgot to ask before I left today..when do they usually let you start.holding them?


My 2nd was a 33wkr and i believe after a week.. my 3rd was. 34wkr and within 2 days i was holding him.