For premature babies that weigh below 12lbs you will need an urn between 0.2-0.4L. For babies below 21lbs you will need an urn that holds up to 0.75L. For full urn size recommendations, please see our urn calculator page for guidence.
Weight (kg / lbs / stone)
Size of Urn Needed (liters)
12 Weeks & under
0.05L - 0.1L
12 - 20 weeks
1kg / 2.2lbs / 0.16 stone
0.1L - 0.2L
Under 40 weeks
5.5kg / 12 lbs / 0.85 stone
1 year old
9.5kg / 21 lbs / 1.5 stone
Each individual urn will have its dimensions stated. We are also able to make personalised designs and custom sizes. For stillborns under 20 weeks, an urn with 0.1L should be large enough. Between 20-40 weeks, we would recommend an urn of 0.2L.
What can I do with my baby's ashes?
You have a number of options which include burying, scattering or storing the ashes in an urn of your choice. There are also other options including making the ashes into jewellery or memorial items. A full list of popular and alternative ashes ideas can be found on our website.
Stillborn and Neonatal Deaths
If your baby has passed away after 24 weeks of pregnancy you will be required to register the birth and your child will be required legally to be buried or cremated, at this point the hospital will guide you on your options for saying goodbye. The hospital will issue you with a death certificate that will need to be taken to your local registry office within 5 days. You will have the option to arrange a private funeral or you can attend a group service whereby other families who have lost a pre-birth child will join together. If you have lost a child before the 24-week mark, sadly each hospital's practice will differ, if you want to arrange a special service, it is advised to speak to your hospital as soon as you can because currently there are no laws to govern the activity.
Losing a child must be the hardest thing a parent has to go through and coming to grips with the situation is going to take time. If you are dealing with a stillborn or neonatal death the charity UK Sands can help offer support and put you in contact with others in the same situation.
For more information regarding miscarriages please refer to the Miscarriage Association where you can find a wealth of information and support.
Do They Cremate Stillborn Babies?
If your baby passes away after the 24-week mark, you will be offered a funeral by the hospital. You may wish to arrange your own service and so below we have listed a few ideas to help mark the memory of your little treasure.
Some parents find it a comfort to have a keepsake like a lock of hair, hand/footprints and special pictures taken of their child
Placing toys or blankets inside the coffin can provide a sense of comfort for parents.
You are free to see your baby one last time before the funeral to dress them in something special to cherish a final memory
Planting a flower or tree of some sort as a memorial can help cherish the memory of your child
Many people ask for donations to special charity as opposed to buying flowers for the family
We can offer you a selection of jewellery that is designed to hold a keepsake amount of your beloved child’s ashes. Please contact us if you wish to see our selection and we can email you the details.
Poems, Quotes and Songs for Your Baby’s Ceremony
Finding the perfect song or poem for your child’s funeral is a very personal journey, below we have listed a few beautiful choices to hopefully help you through this hard time.
Eva Cassidy – Fields of Gold Eva Cassidy - Time After Time Annie Lennox – Universal Child Somewhere over the rainbow Carry You Home - James Blunt Ed Sheeran – small bump Fly - Celine Dion Gone Too Soon - Michael Jackson Gary Barlow - Let Me Go
POEMS Below are a list of resources with some lovely poems:
We can supply engraving and customisation to a select range of urns, please see individual products for specific information. We try to bring you only the best selection of baby urns at urnforashes.co.uk if you would like more information regarding twin urns or if you have other questions, please do get in touch.
SSNPC Charity information
We are proud to support the work of the SSNPC based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxfordshire. A percentage of our profits from our baby urn and baby memorial range will go directly to them and as we grow we hope to be able to offer more to support the great work they do.
"Parental grief is boundless. It touches every aspect of a parent's being...When a baby dies, parents grieve for the rest of their lives. Their grief becomes part of them...As time passes, parents come to appreciate that grief is their link to the child, their grief keeps them connected to the child."