Hospital Dresses Infants As Grasshoppers To Celebrate Leap Day
2020 is a leap year, and Leap Day is right around the corner, waiting for these tiny grasshoppers to jump right in to March
Leap years only come around a couple times a decade, so even though Leap Day doesn’t come with the same kinds of traditional celebrations as the bigger holidays, there’s nothing wrong with getting into the fun and celebrating in a small, quirky way. That’s exactly what UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, did, when it dressed up all its newborns in a tiny, crocheted grasshopper hat to get them ready to leap right into March.
The tiny Leap Day outfits were inspired by a local women in the community, who lost her husband to cancer. Before he died, he wrote a children’s book featuring a grasshopper and his friends. The book has been donated to families at the hospital, an official told Scary Mommy.
“Before he passed, he wrote a children’s book called ‘I Love You Like‘ with his best friend Alec Traub and dedicated it to his young son. The book follows the story of a young grasshopper who repeatedly interrupts his work-bound dad with the important question, ‘How much do you love me?'”
The sweet story has brought comfort to many families at the hospital, and Leap Day seemed like a great day to pay it tribute, and also celebrate the rare holiday with these adorable grasshopper hats.
Seriously, babies in grasshopper hats? Does it get any cuter than this?
All we want to know now is where we can get our hands on some of these hats for all the tiny humans in our lives.
If the name of the hospital sounds familiar to you, it’s because grasshoppers aren’t the only things their babies come dressed as. UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has already made headlines for the costumes one of its nurses crochets for newborns. On World Kindness Day, all the hospital’s babies wore homemade red cardigans to pay homage to Mr. Rogers. And for a holiday celebration (and to get onboard with all the buzz when The Mandalorian was airing on Disney+), the hospital provided tiny, handmade Baby Yoda hats for its newest patients.
We’re certainly suckers for a baby in a costume (I mean, who isn’t), so we can’t wait to see what UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital comes up with next. In the meantime, we’ll be soaking up all the cuteness of these little grasshopper babies.