Preemie babies dressed up as Christmas presents


Having a baby may be one of life's greatest gifts, and these 31 preemies certainly looked the part as they were dressed up as Christmas presents.

Families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City celebrated an early birthday with their preemie babies, who were decorated in bows, felt gift wrap, and hand-knitted Santa caps, thanks to The March of Dimes.

The two organizations said it was especially important for them to provide families of premature babies with a normal holiday.

"The holidays can be an especially emotional time for families in the NICU," a press statement read. "Providing these special families with an opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a memorable way allows them a sense of normalcy, and an opportunity to celebrate their babies' first milestones – even in the hospital."

So, they gifted each family personalized Christmas cards, candy, knitted caps, and holiday books for the families to read together. To really get into the holiday spirit, they even had Santa Claus deliver the gifts.

"Being a NICU parent is really tough. We didn't quite understand how tough it would be until we got here," said Kaitlyn Bunch, a mother of twin girls, in an interview with ABC News. "It makes us feel like we're part of a community, and not like we're in this on our own."

Families celebrating Hanukkah were gifted blue and gold presents, and families celebrating Kwanza were given red, green, black and gold gifts.