23 Week Socks (and Hat)

These are the 23 week socks that the blog was named after.

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They’ve never actually been worn by a baby born at 23 weeks because their skin is to fragile but if they did wear socks, this is the size they’d be.

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There’s also a 23 weeker sized hat that has been worn by a baby before single patient use hats. The button flap on the front is to secure ventilator tubing.

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The nappy is the smallest size we use on the unit, on the smallest babies it comes right up under their arms.

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The fabric nappy cover has actually been worn by a tiny, extremely premature baby.

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I took these items to a teaching session I ran at a secondary school and passed them round the students, accompanied by a PowerPoint slide of this picture.

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Which silenced an entire class of rowdy teenagers for a few seconds before they all started asking questions at once.

One lad just sat there holding the socks in his hands.

He had no idea a person could be so small.

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