Let this holiday photoshoot with babies in the NICU warm your heart

Dozens of little patients donned their best holiday costumes at Children’s National Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit this week.

The holidays are a time of joy, peace and love. But for families with children in the hospital, it can be extra stressful, especially for parents of newborns who are spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit during the holiday season.

To spread festive cheer to little patients and their families, Children’s National Hospital’s NICU, which sees almost 900 sick newborns transferred to its facility from around the region each year, held a holiday photo shoot on Dec. 17, featuring babies in handmade costumes with fun themes, like getting dress up as presents with tags that say “Believe.” 

Participating families were able to select the costumes for their newborns, and a NICU volunteer took photos for them to add to their albums and to post to Instagram, allowing them and their hospitalized children the chance to enjoy the holiday tradition just like everyone else.

See cute photos from the event, below. 

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a baby at the nicu at children's national wrapped in a pink blanket and bow with the word believe on the tag
Baby Nia gets donned in a pink bow and tag that reads, “Believe.” (Photo courtesy of Children’s National)


a baby at a holiday photo shoot wrapped in a red plaid bow
This baby wrapped up like a present reminds us all what the holiday season is really about. (Photo courtesy of Children’s National)


a baby at the nicu wrapped as a present for a holiday photoshoot
Baby Declan looks extra festive in his crib with Rudolph sitting beside him. (Photo courtesy of Children’s National)


a baby wrapped up like a present with the tag reading the word joy
A newborn is always a source of joy for families. (Photo courtesy of Children’s National)


twins wrapped up as presents for a holiday photoshoot
Twice the festive fun! (Photo courtesy of Children’s National)
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