Adjusted Age Milestones -Premature Babies
Let's chat about the small but mighty premature baby. I’m a proud double preemie mom of two boys. A premature baby is a baby born before 36 weeks gestation. There are so many reasons why babies come early like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, etc. Regardless of why your little one came early tracking their growth and development is vital to ensure they are growing happily and healthy.
When I had my first son, I was completely clueless to the fact that there would be a delay in his development due to being born at 33weeks gestation. It was not until his 6-week checkup that his pediatrician explained to me how to track his progress using his two ages.
Adjusted age for babies is based on the babies original due date. So if your baby is two months old but was born a month early your babies adjusted age would be one month.
This age is based on your babies actual date of birth. If it has been three months since you gave birth then your baby is three months.
What Does This Mean?
Let’s use my eldest son for example. Like I said he was born 33 weeks gestation so that means I will subtract seven weeks from his chronological age to see where he should be on the milestone list. Indicating when he was 8weeks old his adjusted Age was only one week, so it was completely normal that he was not hitting all of his milestones just yet.
Now, this does not mean your baby won’t hit every milestone in their chronological age. Remember every baby is different, and they develop at their own pace. What’s important is that regardless you are tracking your little one's development and working with them to meet their milestones. Preemies are expected to be caught up by the age of two. After their second birthday, you no longer should be going by their adjusted age.
Here is a complete list below of chronological age baby milestones from 0-12 months for you to follow along. Print it out to keep handy on a wall in your babies room. Remember to keep your babies adjusted age in mind.
If your baby is not hitting their milestones by their adjusted age, discuss it with their pediatrician. It is NEVER too early to address developmental concerns, as early preventative care can mean everything for your little one's future.