These NICU Babies Received Elf Makeovers & We Can’t Handle the Cuteness

These tiny elves really have the holiday spirit. Babies being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare are getting decked out for Christmas. Staff members created adorable pint-sized costumes to bring the North Pole to the NICU. 


Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is home to the only neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and high-risk labor and delivery unit in Florida’s Big Bend region and they work to make the environment as comfortable as possible for the babies and their families. Having a baby in the NICU can be very stressful for families, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, making the holidays feel a little less merry. Bringing the festive fun to these little “elves” and their parents is just one of the many ways the team works to normalize the NICU environment and keep families’ spirits high. 


The crafty NICU night team created the costumes and the day team helped bring their visions to life. 


Happy holidays from the sweetest gifts around — baby elves! 

Disclaimer from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare: Please remember, you should always place your little ones on their backs to sleep, with nothing else in the crib. These NICU babies have special circumstances and are monitored 24/7 by our skilled nursing team.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare


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