Childbirth is one of life’s biggest gifts, but premature childbirth is more than just a blessing – it’s a miracle. Premature childbirth is rare, and it often comes with complications but in some cases, these tiny souls that are welcomed into the world before their time, beat all odds and become stronger in the wings of their loving parents. These are some of the bravest premature babies who were born weak and had little chance of surviving, but they turned out to be fighters. Their journey into our world wasn’t easy but they fought the battle and came out victorious – and they did it with a huge smile on their faces. It is often said that a baby’s smile is an indication of their bodies passing gas but looking at some of the cutest preemies on this list, we can’t help but think that these babies are just as happy to be alive as their parents. These adorable photos of preemies showing their first smile of optimism will surely make your day a whole lot better!
She Had Only 1% Chance of Survival, but She Turned out to be a Fighter
Life kicked off on a bad note for baby Jonathon who needed a ventilator for 2 weeks after his premature birth in order to stay alive. But this preemie baby was full of optimism just like his parents who knew that the bad days will soon be behind them. Only 25-weeks-old and the size of a hockey puck at the time of birth, Jonathon had been given only 1% chance of survival by the doctors but after battling for life for 5 months in NICU, this little fella came out victorious.
Second Chance at Life
This little baby has every reason to smile, after all, he did get a second chance at life after his premature delivery which could have killed him. The baby was 12 weeks early and weighed only 2lbs. He had to be put in intensive care immediately in order to increase his survival chances and after spending 8 weeks in the hospital, doctors finally cleared him of any danger and he was ready to go to his new home.
This little guy weighed only 1 lb 4 oz
This preemie baby spent 121 days in the NICU with his entire family praying for his health. 6 months into the pregnancy, the mother was told that her little baby was in trouble and had to be taken out prematurely in order for him to survive. At the time of birth, he weighed only 1lb and 4oz and had to be kept away from his parents for two weeks. When the mother held her baby for the first time since his birth, it was an overwhelming moment for the entire family. Out of nowhere, the baby’s lips curled up into a smile, as if trying to tell his mom how happy he was to finally see her.
When Amy and her husband found out that they were pregnant with not just one baby but two, it was one of the happiest moments of their lives. However, their joy was short-lived at 33 weeks Amy was admitted to the hospital with severe preeclampsia. The doctors decided to operate on the mother and take out the twins prematurely to save their lives. After spending 15 days in the NICU, the preemie twins were finally reunited with their parents. It was a joyous moment for the entire family!
Only 3 lbs in Weight but Still Optimistic!
This adorable baby came into the world two months before the due date and despite being only 3lbs in weight, she flashed the most charming smile at her concerned parents as if trying to tell them that she was happy to be alive. After spending 5 weeks in the NICU, the baby was healthy enough to go to her new home. Mother, Tara, and her husband welcomed their bundle of joy into the world on the day of their wedding anniversary. No wonder this preemie baby looks so joyous!
Happy to Finally See His Parents
Every parent wants to give their child the most normal life possible but, often, life has something else in store for them. 24 into her pregnancy, Annie was taken by surprise when her water suddenly broke. After being rushed to the hospital, she was put on bed rest for the next 6 weeks after which the couple welcomed their little bundle of joy into the world. Weighing only 3lbs and 6oz, no one thought that the preemie baby would survive. Miraculously, after staying in the NICU for a month, this little soul became healthier and was soon discharged from the hospital. No wonder he had a big smile on his face after reuniting with his parents.
2 lbs and 12 oz in Weight but Still Looking Good
Who can get over this beautiful smile! This little preemie baby was born weighing only 2lbs and 12 oz. and despite being extremely frail, he mustered enough energy to beam at his worried parents as if trying to comfort them and say, “Don’t worry guys, I am going to be just fine!” The parents had to spend only a few days in the NICU before heading back home and starting their new life as a family.
Six Weeks Premature but Still Happy
Evie-Rose was a premature baby born 6 weeks before the due date and the odds were stacked against her after the doctors announced that she had suffered from a stroke and would never be able to smile again – but Evie-Rose proved everyone wrong. Upon delivery, she experienced breathing problems and had to be taken to the intensive care where she spent the next few days of her new life. When she was finally reunited with her mother, Evie-Rose smiled the gorgeous smile to express her joy, surprising everyone around her.
His Parents Named him Tom Thumb Because He was So Tiny!
This little guy has just come out of the NICU where he spent the past two weeks of his new life and he seems to be doing great! Weighing only 9.5 ounces at the time of birth, it seems like this preemie baby was in a rush to meet his parents because he popped out 6 weeks before the due date! His parents gave him the nickname ‘Tom Thumb’ because, at the time of delivery, he weighed less than a can of soda. Luckily the baby and mother were in perfect health after the unusual birth.
Doctors Said that She Only had 10% Chance of Survival
When it comes to childbirth, a few weeks can make a world of a difference. At the time of birth, doctors gave this preemie baby less than 10% chance of survival saying that she was too weak and had severe physical and mental disabilities. Despite the odds stacked against her, little Heather fought hard for her life and her parents’ happiness. A few weeks later she was healthy and happy, ready to go home and start her new life.
Despite Losing His Twin Brother, This Little Fella Looks Very Optimistic
No mother wants to see their child struggling to breathe after a few moments of giving birth but one mother vividly remembers the horrific moment when she thought that she would lose her newborn twins. What she didn’t know that her little preemie babies were stronger than she had expected. The doctors initially declared one of the twins dead after he stopped breathing but he was miraculously revived by the doctors and survived after spending 80 days in the NICU.
Look at That Smile!
The little preemie baby’s smile tells how happy she is to be alive and huddled with her loving parents. At the time of birth, she weighed only 3lbs 14oz and the doctors weren’t sure if she would live; miraculously she did and that too with a smile on her face! The chances of this preemie’s survival were slim because she was born almost 20 weeks premature and most babies of her age aren’t able to live for long and even when they do survive, they struggle with mental and physical disabilities their whole life.
She was Transported to the NICU in a Zip-Lock Bag
Can you believe that this beautiful young lady turned 7 recently? When she was born, the doctors weren’t even sure that she would survive for a few days and here she is 7 years later, smiling from ear to ear, loving life. Pixie was only 28 weeks old at the time of delivery and weighed just over 3lbs. The doctors told the mother that they needed to keep pixie warm in order to keep her alive which is why they chose an unusual method to transport her to the NICU: by putting her in a zip-lock bag from the supermarket.
Happier, Healthier Days are Ahead of Him
This little guy knows that happier, healthier days are ahead of him and that alone is a great reason to smile. Born 7 weeks premature and weighing just 3lbs, he is a medical miracle who survived despite having all odds against him. After spending his first few days in intensive care, this preemie baby was ready to go home with his family and begin a new chapter in his life. No wonder he looks so optimistic!
Freya Vinje’s Infectious Smile
Freya Vinje was one of the most popular preemie babies whose infectious smile became hugely popular on the internet. Freya didn’t stay in her mother’s womb for more than 28 weeks and after popping out prematurely to surprise her momma, this little girl had to fight to stay alive. Doctors told the parents that Freya’s lungs were underdeveloped and she may have to spend the next few weeks in the NICU. Only a few days after she was born, Freya flashed the most beautiful smile at her mother and the precious moment was captured in a photo!
Even His ADHD Didn’t Stop Him from Smiling
Even though this little baby was diagnosed ADHD later, his infectious smile means everything to his parents who struggled to keep him alive after his premature delivery. He was only 2lbs when his mother first held him in her arms and despite doctors’ claims that he wouldn’t be able to survive, she was optimistic. After spending a few weeks in intensive care, this adorable preemie flashed his momma with the cutest smile as if trying to tell her that he was going to be okay.
Two is Better than One
These little twin sisters weighed less than a can of coke each at the time of delivery and had to be put in intensive care due to their critical health conditions. The parents of the preemie twins hoped and prayed that their girls would survive. After a few weeks, a miracle happened when the doctors told them that the girls were no longer in danger and could be taken home. One of the sisters, Rumaisa, is still the tiniest baby to have survived and her name has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records.
She Spent 5 Months iIntensive Care, Today She is Stronger Than Ever
Like most preemie babies, Melinda also suffered from premature lungs which made it hard for her to breath. Since she weighed only 9.5 ounces at the time of birth and was 15 weeks premature, she spent almost 5 months of her life in intensive care until her lungs had developed enough for her to breathe normally. The doctors said that it was truly a miracle that she survived. It must have been a joyous moment for her and the parents to finally be able to go home.
Maddalena weighed 13 ounces and was born 16 weeks premature
At the time of birth, Maddalena weighed 13 ounces and was born 16 weeks premature. Her parents were expecting twins but due to complications at the time of birth, Maddalena’s sister lost the battle for life and died after a few days of delivery. Maddalena was the lucky one who survived despite doctors’ claims that she wouldn’t. The parents were so thankful for being able to bring their little girl home after the entire ordeal.
Keeping Up With Kenna
This preemie’s momma had to undergo emergency C-section after finding out that she had developed preeclampsia and her baby had stopped growing in her womb. After the delivery, little Kenna, who weighed only 9.6 ounces, was put in NICU for 6 months and her parents could visit her for half an hour every day to make sure that their little girl was doing okay. While she was still in the hospital, Kenna’s parents created a Facebook page called ‘Keeping Up With Kenna’ to update all friends and family about her health.
Her Lungs Were Too Weak but She Won The Battle of Life
Every mom-to-be prays for her baby to be born in the healthiest and most natural way possible, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be. The mother of this preemie baby had to give premature birth due to her pre-eclampsia which could have taken her and the baby’s lives. Little Lily-Mai had to be on oxygen for a few weeks since her lungs were too weak. But in the end, both mother and daughter survived and that is something to be happy about.
19 Weeks Premature But Still a Fighter
Who said preemie babies can’t be strong? Little Taylor was born 19 weeks premature and weighed only 4lbs 9oz at the time of birth. Of all the preemies on our list, this little guy is the youngest to have won the battle of life. The parents had been trying to have children for 10 years and they were devastated to find out their firstborn child may not be able to survive. Miraculously, he survived the first few weeks of his life, which were the toughest, and became healthier with time.
14 Weeks Premature and Weighing Under 2 lbs
This little princess had to struggle a lot to stay alive. Born 14 weeks premature, she weighed under 2lbs at the time of delivery. The first six months of Evelyn’s life were filled with complications. She had been revived numerous times and weighed less than a normal child of her age. The doctors weren’t sure that she would survive but this preemie baby is tougher than she looks and she proved everyone wrong by turning into a healthy young girl.
Smiling Through It All
Being an extremely weak premature baby didn’t stop little Kennedy from flashing an optimistic smile at the time of birth. Kennedy’s mom was 24 weeks into her pregnancy when her water suddenly broke. After being rushed to the nearest hospital, the doctors delivered the premature baby through an emergency C-section but there were complications with the birth. Little Kenny stayed strong despite doctors’ claims that he would not survive and here he is with his fantastic smile, proving everyone wrong.
About to Graduate With a Big Smile
This young man doesn’t look premature from the photo but he was born 13 weeks before the normal delivery date and weighed only 4lbs at the time of birth. He’s probably inspired by the doctor who saved his life when he was only a tiny baby because he is set to graduate from medical school to become a Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. His parents consider him the superstar of the family. Now that is something to smile about!
She Survived with a Smile on Her Face
On her 27th birthday, Jennie began experiencing contraction while decorating the nursery for her first child but her baby wasn’t due for another 10 weeks. Scared for her unborn child, the young mother rushed to the hospital where the doctors told her that she had gone into preterm labor. Two days and one C-section later, she gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl who weighed only 2lbs and 8 oz. The doctors feared that the baby was too small to survive but miraculously, she made it through the difficult period and she did so with a smile on her face!
A Smile of Gratitude
Childbirth is a tough journey for mothers with lots of ups and downs but for one woman named Brittany motherhood proved to be tougher than usual. 28 weeks into her pregnancy, she went into premature labor and had to be flown to a different city where the doctors stopped her labor and put her on bed rest for the next few weeks. During the 32nd week, Brittany welcomed her premature baby who was only 3lbs at the time of birth. During a time of stress for the family, this preemie baby gave her mother the warmest smile to express her gratitude for everything she went through to give her daughter life.
Not Giving Up So Soon
This little fella gave his momma a lot of trouble on his way out and had to be born through an emergency C-section. Weighing just over two pounds at the time of birth, he had very few chances of survival – but then a miracle happened and he gave his worried parents a wide grin as if trying to say, “Mom, dad, don’t worry. I am going to be just fine!” A few weeks later, this little preemie had gotten healthier and was ready to be taken to his new home.
Doctors said that she might not survive, but this preemie proved everyone wrong!
On March 5th, Beth and her husband had just returned from a routine gynaecologist appointment and had their maternity pictures taken. Their baby wasn’t due for another few weeks but suddenly bizarre happened: Beth’s water broke and she had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section. No one was expecting that the baby would arrive at 32 weeks and 5 days and even when he did, his chances of survival were next to none. But this little guy wasn’t ready to give up just yet. He stayed in the NICU for the next five weeks and miraculously, he turned into a healthy, smiling baby!