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She's 6 weeks old so if she had been full term, she should already be smiling or will be starting soon. Should I anticipate a delay since she was born early? This is the first big milestone and I'm just trying to get an idea of what to expect. Thanks mamas!
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It varies really widely by baby, and there's a huge range for "normal". DD was a 35 weeker, too, and has done everything on the late end of the "normal" range without adjusting, and right in the middle of normal if we adjust her age.

I hate that I can't remember exactly when she smiled... But, it was sometime around 8 weeks maybe?

Such a great thing, though!!! :
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My dd was 34wks and smiled around 10wks
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My ds, 34 weeks, was also about 8-10 weeks.

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Thanks mamas! She's 7 weeks now. I can't wait to see her smile - all we get right now are "mean" looks like we're doing it all wrong.
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Our son was 35 weeker and the first awake smiles were when he was about 2 months old.

He's been a little slower than his older brother to develop some skills like crawling and walking, but in the range of normal if we adjust for his age. Our pediatrician said that by 2, most premies more or less catch up. He's still small (not quite 20 pounds at 18 months!), but otherwise it's hard to tell that he is any different from his buddies who were born full-term.
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