'They were so fragile – we tried to fold bigger nappies over but the boys looked uncomfortable'

Approximately 4,500 babies are born prematurely in Ireland each year.

Thankfully, however, due to advances in medical science, survival rates of these little fighters are increasing.

And in a bid to meet the needs of these tiny little babies, Pampers has developed its smallest nappy yet: the Pampers Preemie Protection Size P3.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of the tiniest little fighters, the Size P3 nappy is three sizes smaller than a regular newborn nappy and is suitable for babies weighing as little as 1.8lb (800g).

And demonstrating its continued commitment to the happy, healthy development of every baby in Ireland, including those born prematurely, Pampers will be giving every premature baby born in Ireland access to free nappies.

“During our stretch in hospital, nappy changing was one of the few chances we had to touch and bond with our boys," campaign ambassador, singer and mother, Sophie Ellis-Bextor said. 

"They were so fragile and it was difficult – we tried to fold the bigger nappies over but the boys looked really uncomfortable in them. I am so pleased that Pampers has developed special nappies for preemies and is donating them to Irish hospitals. This will make such a huge difference to these tiny babies and their families.”

New Pampers Preemie Protection nappies are designed to minimise disruption to help with sleep, positioning, and medical care for premature babies.

Regular newborn nappies currently used by Neonatal nurses have a wide core that can push baby’s legs apart, not allowing baby’s hips and legs to rest comfortably, which 99 percent of nurses agree disrupts healthy growth and development.

Pampers Preemie Protection nappies are available in sizes P1 (less than 5lb/ 2.7kg) and P2 (less than 4lb/ 1.8kg) and P3 (less than 1.8lb/ 0.8kg). The nappies are not available to buy as Pampers is donating them to hospitals.

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