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Long Beach Memorial Care Center for Women

Every parent who has welcomed a baby in a hospital is familiar with the striped hospital-grade receiving blankets that newborns are wrapped up in as soon as they enter the world. But babies spending Christmas at a few hospitals around the country went home in something a bit more festive.

At one of these hospitals, The Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a group of women called the “Magee Knitters” hand-knit close to 200 festive caps for the babies who’d be spending the holiday in the hospital. In addition, the babes were wrapped in red stockings for truly awww-worthy photo opportunities.

“We’ve been sending our Christmas babies home in knitted stockings and caps for years,” a spokesperson from the hospital told The Huffington Post, adding, “parents absolutely love the tradition.”

Another hospital taking part in the festivities, Long Beach Memorial in California, describes their 50-year-old tradition as “stocking stuffers.” A representative from the hospital told The Huffington Post that the parents are notified that they’ll be receiving a “special treat.”

May we suggest Santa caps next year?

Check out the adorable tots below:

-Huffington Post



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  • Aucky

    Won’t happen here SB. Far too many ‘experts’ who will provide a thousand reasons why this just cannot be good for the baby. Why do we have so many ‘glass half empty’ people in our country & so many of them imported?

    • Michael Cosgrove

      Cheer up!
      That would be the saddest comment I’m likely to read all day.

      • Aucky

        I agree Michael. It’s a fact though.

    • Ilovelife

      Because those people were miserable sods before they came here and thought moving somewhere else would make them happy. It doesn’t! Moving country will not change your nature.

  • cows4me

    Don’t some hospitals in NZ give babies some sort of sleeping bag to take home. I think it’s targeted to poorer areas?

  • KGB

    Too cute, what a nice idea.

  • LesleyNZ

    Very cute but in the first photo my first thought was – are they a bit scared to put “Happy Christmas” on the santa sock – which is what the Santa sock is all about?

    • Michael Cosgrove

      Here’s their details. Give them a ring and find out.
      Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach
      2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806
      (562) 933-5437

    • steve and monique

      Just what I was thinking and I heard it was so no one causes offence to those “religions” that don’t celebrate Christmas – I know who my money is on, it would make me write “Merry Christmas” over everything in big fat neon letters that flash and play jingle bells!

  • timemagazine

    Very very cute but here in NZ somebody will detect a health hazard in the stocking-blanket.