The babies at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital could make any ugly Christmas sweater look oh-so adorable.

These Christmas-season newborns attended their first ugly sweater party while in the Magee nursery. Staff members bundled them up in handmade sweaters and hats, complete with festive colors, candy cane stripes, and penguin appliques.

Parents spending part of the holiday season at Magee got to take home the sweaters and hats as keepsakes.

Dressing newborns at Christmastime is a tradition at Magee. In the past, our babies rang in the holiday season cuddled up in tiny stockings, gingerbread onesies, and reindeer hats and blankets. This year’s sweater party was courtesy Magee nurse Caitlin Pechin, who hand-crocheted each sweater and cap.

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View: Magee Babies Bundled in Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Pechin, who began knitting and crocheting in 2009, has helped bring to life several events at Magee, including last year’s gingerbread nursery. She’s also handcrafted mini-football helmets to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers and helmets and skates in honor of the Pittsburgh Penguins draft.

 

About UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. UPMC Magee is long renowned for its services to women and babies, but also offers a wide range of care to men as well. Nearly 10,000 babies are born each year at Magee, and the hospital’s NICU is one of the largest in the country. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and the Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology.