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NICU babies dressed in Halloween costumes knitted by their nurse

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta(ATLANTA) -- The youngest patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Georgia were dressed up in knitted costumes handmade for them by one of their nurses.  

 Tara Fankhauser, a nurse with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, started the tradition of dressing up the babies last Halloween.

This year, she had 30 costumes ready for the Halloween holiday.  It can take her anywhere from a few hours to a few days to make a costume.

 "I start making costumes in late spring and continue right up to Halloween – we had three new babies this week so I made some new small ones to deliver yesterday, including a Superman cape," said Fankhauser. "It’s a fun months-long project for me and nothing is cuter than seeing our tiniest patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta dress up for Halloween."

She said that she makes her costumes in a variety of sizes since they never know how big or small the babies may be.

Fankhauser used Pinterest for inspiration to design the adorable costumes, like a gumball machine,  a baseball uniform,  a potted plant, Pinnochio, a classic pumpkin and more.

 Fankhauser has worked with the babies in the NICU and their families for five years. As a mother of three young children, she said she understands how precious these babies are to their parents and wanted to help them have a fun and festive holiday with their babies.

"As a nurse, for the time I’m there in the NICU, our job is to just give as much love as possible to these little ones," she said.

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