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My daughter was born 13 weeks early weighing 2lb 8oz so she was very tiny. The first hospital she was in provided nappies for us to use. They were the pampers micro so my daughter has worn these since she was first born.
These nappies state that they are from 2lb to 5lb. When my daughter first started wearing them they came up way past her nipples. Although they were big they did the job and we never had any leaks or poo explosions while she was wearing them. She was stil wearing them when she was around 7lb as we had some left to go through before changing her to size 1s and they still worked just as well.
When Amelia was transferred to our 'home' hospital we had to purchase all nappies and cotton wool ourselves. We managed to find these nappies in our local tesco where we paid 3.99 for 24. They are more expensive than the others in the range, have less nappies in and are obviously a lot smaller so the fact that we had to pay more for them annoyed me. Pampers micro are also the only nappy that you can commercially buy for premature babies so it seems like they have the monopoly on them and can charge over the odds
These nappies were good for us even thought they were expensive. To be honest we were just happy to be able to buy something for her. There is however no point in me recommending these nappies as if you do have a premature baby you will have to buy them, there's no alternative. Which really still annoys me. I am knocking a star off as although they wored I think its disgusting how they charge more for them
When my daughter was born she only weighed 5oz 11lbs so was on the tiny side. Because she went straight in to SCBU (special care unit) for just under 2 days they immediately put her into Pampers Micro nappies as she was so little. As I had packed size 1 new baby nappies thinking that is all I would need I ordered my other half to go to Boots to buy quite a few packs as I knew she would need them in hospital and then at home for when we were discharged. Cambridge Addenbrookes had changed their policy on providing all nappies, cotton wool etc earlier on in the year so we gave a full pack back as even though we had only used a few nappies, we thought it was a nice thing to do.
*~* What are they? *~*
New Baby Micro Nappies are designed for premature and low weight babies. The recommended weight for these is 2 to 5 lbs or 1 to 2.5kg.
*~* Packaging *~*
Like all of the New Baby range by pampers they come in a bright yellow plastic wrapper and on the front there is a picture of a tiny baby in a nappy held by it's mother who is also wearing a bright yellow top. 'Micro Baby' is on the front in large white text so you can't get it confused with another New Baby product. There is two perforated lines down the top of the pack which makes it easy to open.
*~* The Nappies *~*
What I liked about these nappies is the softness. They were easily opened up so when you came to change the baby they don't automatically resume their packaged shape as some nappies do so it makes it easier to put the nappy on.
They have adjustable tapes at either side of the nappy and these really do stretch quite a way around the child. They are easily fastened and once you come to take the nappy off they are easily unstuck. Sometimes with other brands of nappy I found that the adjustable tapes would pull off as the material was not as stretchy but with the Micro Nappies, no such problem as the material they are on is incredibly flexible and stretches well, which is good if you have a very tiny baby. These tapes ensure the baby has a snug yet comfortable fit.
The sides of the nappy have that tiny frill you need to ensure is out to keep in any accidents. The material inside the nappy is like a soft woven cotton wool, this ensures the baby stays dry and comfortable. The nappies unlike others didn't feel as bulky when they were on my daughter and were definitely nice and snug around her waist and thighs.
A good thing about the Micro Nappies is that they have a navel notch protects the vulnerable umbilicus which is such a great idea. However, my daughter had to have them rolled down a little as even the Micro Nappies proved a little big at first so this notch wasn't needed until she was a little bigger. By which time it had fallen off successfully and cleanly!
The Micro Nappies are also latex free and breathable which makes them even more comfortable for delicate new born skin. My daughter didn't get any rubbing or irritation from them which is good.
*~* My Opinion *~*
Although my daughter was a little over the recommended weight for these nappies, she is incredibly petite, she has no baby fat or anything like it or a waist for that matter so these nappies fit her perfectly for a good month or so. I find Pampers are the best brand for my daughter as they fit her better than any other brand.
I like how thin in they are as they don't seem bulky but they are well protected and we never had an accident as they managed to absorb everything but as she was regularly changed I probably didn't give them a chance to leak! They are incredibly soft and cotton like in their appearance which is nice as I wouldn't want anything to irritate her skin and fortunately they didn't even when they were rolled up once at the front. The adjustable tapes seem to be on elastic which really helps with a slim baby, they manage to keep the nappy secure and in position so it doesn't rub.
Overall, I think these nappies are great as they fit my daughter for around 5 weeks until she could finally wear a size 1 without them being too large. They kept her well protected, didn't rub but were fully flexible ideal for changing but also ideal for when she was moving around because even though little, she is/ was very active!
*~* Price and Availability *~*
Due to my location Pampers Micro Nappies are not available everywhere. I bought managed to buy mine in Boots or £3.33 for a pack of 24 (they only come in a pack of 24) but my mother bought some in Mothercare for £4.49 (24). It is definitely worth shopping around for, I know online Amazon sell them and so do Ebay.
*~* Definitely a recommendation for all of those babies who are born early or have a low birth weight *~*
In the last weeks of pregnancy with my children I was told to expect small babies due to my rhesus disease, I already knew from experience that normal stage one nappies (new baby) were going to be to big and in fact with my son they nearly reached his underarms, knowing this I went on the hunt for smaller nappies and at first it seemed that the only nappies for small babies were specialist ones for SCBU units.
Then while in the Shrewsbury chain of Boots I came across these "micro" nappies which seemed just the right thing I needed. Please note that I have only found them in Boots and don't seem to be stocked by anyone else at the present time. These can though be bought online or in store at most Boots shops.
They cost me £3 for a pack containing 24 nappies- I found this a great bargain and duly stocked up. They now cost £3.33 a pack which I think is still a great price. Even though there are only 24 in a pack they did seem to last a while I don't know whether this is due to the fact I had small babies or not.
They are for babies weighing between 3lbs and 6lbs and have a special little cut out bit for the umbilical cord (brilliant idea). My children were in these nappies for around the first 4/5 weeks as both of mine were born weighing around 5lbs. Although these nappies are basically designed for small babies they actually seem to fit larger babies also incl my friends 7lb baby.
They are made exactly the same as regular nappies and also look exactly the same with the band at the top that has animals on, the only difference being that there are no pictures on the rest of the nappy. The tabs are also the same just a smaller size due to the cut out in the top center of the nappy.
Pampers claim they to hold up to 12 hours of wetness due to the added special layer although I cannot comment on this as neither of my children ever stayed in a nappy that long although they have never had any leakages or similar.
They are also very soft and neither of my children had nappy rash while using these.
I have never had any problems with these nappies and cannot recommend them enough, as far as I know these are the only nappies available to consumers with tiny babies that can be bought from a high street store, this is a downer for me as there seems to be a need for them yet they are not widely available.
For more info or to buy go to www.boots.com