Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse Tara Fankhauser believes every baby should have a Halloween costume — no matter their size.
For the second year in a row, the 43-year-old nurse knitted adorable costumes for her premature patients spending their first Halloween in the NICU. The 30 getups she crafted, which took four months to complete, range from a pumpkin to a baseball to a gum ball machine to Pinocchio.
"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," Fankhauser tells GoodHousekeeping.com. "I love working on these costumes for our NICU babies, nothing is cuter than seeing our tiniest patients dress up for Halloween."
Fankhauser began scouring Pinterest for inspiration in the spring and didn't stop knitting until Halloween day.
"We even had three new babies this week, so I made some new small ones to deliver yesterday," she says. "I just did a Superman costume with a cape!"
The tiny costumes take her anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. And, since Fankhauser never knows how big or small her patients will be by Halloween, she makes them in a range of sizes.
"I mean, are they not the most precious thing ever?" she says.
Fankhauser, who has worked in the NICU at Children's for five years, knows how important it is to celebrate holidays with your kids — and she says her own children, ages 5, 7 and 9, inspire her to continue crafting.
"When I make these costumes, I think about being a parent," she says. "And I think about these parents wanting to celebrate the first Halloween with their kids.
"We understand how precious these babies are to their parents."