Amanda Huhta's experience with welcoming her first child after just 25 weeks of pregnancy inspired her to do something incredibly sweet for other premature infants.
Amanda Huhta welcomed her child after just 25 weeks of pregnancy...and when she did, she learned something about the experience of giving birth to a premature infant that people likely don't often consider: What are parents to do when their newborns are too small to fit into the outfits they've chosen to take them home?
Huhta recognized this problem through her own experience; that's why she chose to start a program to provide specially sized outfits to fit other preemies. Huhta searched for tiny garments for her own child, but options were few and far in between, and the ones she came across were wildly priced. Huhta's own mother made a special shirt for her grandson, but the family knew other parents of preemies didn't always have this sort of opportunity—until now.
Twenty-Five and Four was named for Huhta's own son (who was born at 25 weeks and four days gestation) and provides appropriately-sized garments for tiny infants. Parents have the opportunity to choose the style of the garments, and can rest assured that they'll work for preemies—who aren't just smaller than most infants, but also may be hooked up to wires, tubes and IV lines that can make donning regular clothes difficult.
"Twenty-Five and Four was created when I realized that I wasn't the only one who was torn apart that I wasn't able to dress my baby," Huhta wrote on the web site. The mother reportedly learned how to sew specifically so she could help other parents who face similar dilemmas.
The best part? The shirts are free for premature infants.
Garments are washed before they're sent to parents, are packaged in such a way that they don't come into contact with germs, and sent to parents as quickly as possible. You can donate to the cause right here.
“You never really think it’s important until you can’t find anything for your kid to wear. It’s like a rite of passage being able to put something on your baby," Huhta told Babble.