My little cousin was born 1lb 6 oz, and didn't start talking until he was 2 and a half years old. Now he's almost 5 and is a chatterbox. Other than his delayed speech and small size, he was ahead of other babies his 'adjusted age' developmentally, even walking before he outgrew 3-6 month clothes. The thing with preemies is that they all learn and develop on their own time. All babies do, but preemies are even more unpredictable than full term babies. If you're concerned your daughter isn't where she should be, I would recommend talking with her doctor. He/she could give you better advice than we could here.View Thread
It depends on your baby's overall health and how developed his immune system is, but when a baby reaches 6-7 pounds usually the immune system is developed enough to be around people...obviously you don't want to invite sick people over, but if your visitors are healthy then it shouldn't be an issue. However, some preemies have weakened immune systems long after birth, and only your baby's doctor would know best when he's ready to be mingling with the general public.View Thread
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