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Spreading cheer: NICU Babies ‘Sleighing It’ in Ugly Sweaters

Holiday merriment in a place frequently linked to trauma is a part of the festivities of the winter season at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) in Tallahassee, Florida. The nurses at TMH ‘s neonatal intensive Care Unit (NICU), dressed their newborn patients in festive clothes according to their tradition.

This year, they went with the “ugly sweater” look for the tiniest hospital stayovers. The hospital’s Facebook page has 20 photos of babies, including one dressed as a candy cane , and one dressed as Grinch baby. The pictures are “live and packed with just as much cuteness as ever,” marketing representative Morgan King said to Medscape Medical News.

The Facebook post, which was in line with tradition, was packed with puns to keep spirits high in a stressful environment. First, “There’s no way we could ever lose our favorite holiday tradition!” Our NICU babies are sleighing around in their ugly Christmas sweaters this year.

An explanation for the Grinch photo read: “These NICU babies are adorable they have made our hearts grow three sizes.” Another humorous photo was: “What’s the favorite hot drink of a snowman?” Frost-tea.” Apart from a baby in a Christmas-tree costume, “We hope these babies are able to make your day.”

The post added: “Thank you to the amazing NICU staff who always exceed expectations to make the holiday season special and memorable for our NICU family.” The sweaters were made by our NICU team to help these little cuties and their families get in the holiday spirit.”

The parents of the children pictured consented to their children being dressed and photographed, the post further clarified.

In a post that went viral and attracted national attention, NICU nurses posted Halloween costumes to Facebook earlier in the year.

TMH is the only NICU and high-risk labor and delivery unit in the region, according to King. She said, “In addition to providing the best treatment for sick and premature babies, our team strives to make the NICU environment as comfortable and pleasant as possible for our families and our infants.”

“Having babies in the NICU can be unexpected and stressful for families, making the holiday season less enjoyable. Bring the joy of Christmas to these little ones and their parents through this annual tradition is one of the ways we work to normalize the NICU environment and make an uncertain time memorable for families. Our talented NICU night team made the sweaters, and our day team helped bring their visions to life.”

In the comments on the post, a reader posted: “Praying for these special little ones and their families! They’re wearing sweaters!

The post concluded with a caution about fragile little ones. “Please keep in mind that you must always place your little ones on their backs for sleep, and not put anything else in the crib. The babies in the NICU are special and are closely watched by our highly skilled nursing staff.

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