NICU babies star in magical photo shoot in 'tiny' gift attire

'Tiny' babies at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City starred in their own magical Christmas fashion photo shoot, and they have warmed all our hearts over here at Magic Mum HQ.

Three former mothers of former NICU babies were on hand to capture the magical event.  All three photographers are part of March of Dimes – an organisation which seeks to help women have full-term pregnancies.

The newborns based in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) took centre stage in tiny handmade outfits, styled as "gifts".

The keepsakes and outfits, were organised by the nurses and staff at the hospital to celebrate what “amazing gifts” the babies are to their families.

The big man himself, Santa, delivered presents to 31 babies on December 15.  

Families were given a keepsake “Twas the Night Before Christmas” card with an illustrated mouse created using their babies footprint! In addition to this, they received a mini hand-crocheted Santa bag filled with mini candy canes, and a hand-crocheted Santa hat or girl’s cap with a bow, along with a festive keepsake book for the family to read together.

Staff thoughtfully catered for all faiths, giving families who celebrate Hanukkah beautiful blue and silver presents and keepsakes, whereas families with an African heritage celebrating Kwanzaa were given red, green, gold and black gifts.

The event gave opportunity for families to celebrate their babies, first Christmas. 

A spokesperson for the hospital said, "The holidays can be an especially emotional time for families in the NICU. Babies here are usually born premature or sick, and they may spend weeks or months growing healthy enough to go home."

"So providing these special families with an opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a memorable way allows them a sense of normalcy, and an opportunity to celebrate their babies’ first milestones – even in the hospital – which is what every family wants to do!"


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