"Click" Your Knitting Needles Together For A Good Cause

Since becoming a mother, I've had trouble hearing or seeing anything about children being harmed.  It can be a movie, book or even a commercial. In fact, I was one of the many i-phone users in California to receive an Amber Alert concerning the missing/kidnapped Anderson children last week, and was up half the night.  So when I received an email about helping The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome with a campaign, I paused.  How could I possibly help?  But once I read the details about "CLICK for Babies," and realized how easy and satisfying it would be to participate, I knew I had to.

About The Campaign: In order to educate parents about the Period of PURPLE crying, a normal, but frustrating time of increased crying all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth, the NCSBS is collecting purple infant hats for "CLICK" through October 1.  Knitted or crocheted caps will be given to newborn boys and girls in participating hospitals throughout November and December to raise awareness of PURPLE, an acronym: 

P: Peak of Crying

U: Unexpected

R: Resists Soothing

P: Pain-Like Face

L: Long Lasting

E: Evening 

How You Can Help: Put your knitting or crocheting skills to use and make a cap that a newborn can wear and his/her parents can learn from.  If you don't knit (unfortunately like myself), simply spread the word!

Details: Use any newborn baby cap pattern.  Caps should be made with any shade of soft, baby friendly purple yarn (at least 50% purple) and free of any straps, strings or other potential choking hazards.  Your knitted or crocheted caps will be given to newborns in the months of November and December.  Therefore, caps must be received by October 1.  Drop your caps (as many as you'd like) off at a designated site or send them to: 

National Center On Shaken Baby Syndrome

1433 North 1075 West, Suite 110

Farmington, Ut 84025