December 21, 2018
Newborns dressed in "ugly" Christmas sweaters has to be one of the most adorable things to hit the internet all holiday season. And it's all thanks to a nurse from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee-Womens Hospital who was inspired to knit up a bunch of festive sweaters for the L.O.s. Caitlin Pechin, a staff nurse in the Mother Baby unit at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, has been designing seasonal clothes for the newborns in the nursery unit since 2015, according to Good Morning America.
"We do it to spread love for the whole family," Jeff Hodges, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, told GMA. "We do 9,000 deliveries a year, but to that set of parents who will be in attendance, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience."
"It’s really rewarding," Pechin told GMA. "Everyone is going through a really special time in their life, but to add that extra-special experience and see their babies dressed up is the most important thing we do."
And the parents of the tots are thrilled. New parents Todd and Ellie Davis told UPMC in a video interview that they loved seeing their newborn son Brooks in his knitted sweater. "The sweater was very nice," Todd noted. "It was a little itchy maybe, but he did great!" Too cute.
Here are several photos of the adorably "ugly" holiday sweaters on the babies.