September Featured Charity - Click For Babies

In addition to sharing charities daily, we will be focusing our efforts each month on a specific charity, sharing information about the charity, patterns perfect for donation, and so much more! This month, our featured charity is Click For Babies! Learn more about them ...

CLICK for Babies is a grassroots public education campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.

During the campaign, communities all across North America donate handmade caps stitched in all shades of purple. Along with these caps, new parents receive a video, booklet, and bedside information describing the Period of PURPLE Crying (a period of time when infant crying increases; beginning when babies are about two weeks old, peaking in the second month and ending around the third to fifth month).

The collaboration and coordination it takes to make the caps, distribute them to hospitals, and deliver them to parents provides a fantastic opportunity to bring the whole community together in an effort to raise awareness about this important issue.

What’s in a Name - Why “CLICK” for Babies?

The name comes from the well known “clicking” sound that knitters and crafters make with their needles as they create their works of art. Also, much of the campaign’s excitement and awareness is generated through social media when people “click” the keys on their computers to gain and share information.

THE GOAL

The goal of the CLICK for Babies campaign is to increase awareness and educate others about the Period of PURPLE Crying that all infants go through, how to respond to prolonged crying, and the importance of never shaking your child - all in an effort to prevent the shaking and abuse of infants.

GET INVOLVED

Donate a cap to raise awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking. The cap you donate will go home with parents at the birth of their baby to serve as a reminder about the period of early increased crying all babies go through, how to cope with that crying, and the dangers of shaking an infant.  You can find a donation location here.

SOME GUIDELINES TO REMEMBER

Hats that are either KNITTED or CROCHETED will need to be made with new, clean, SOFT-TO-THE-TOUCH and WASHABLE yarn.

These hats keep babies’ heads warm outdoors during the colder winter months. Smaller stitches result in a warmer hat. The large, loose stitches (typically made by looms) tend not to provide enough warmth.

Of the THOUSANDS of beautifully hand crafted PURPLE caps that are donated each year, many hundreds cannot be used because the size is either too big or too small. These hats will be worn by 1 or 2 day old infants. The average newborn head circumference is 14” (13”– 15”) and hats should be approximately 4-6“ high.

Hats NEED to be 50% or more of any shade of PURPLE (for the Period of PURPLE Crying).

Please use EITHER: all Gender-Neutral (Unisex) styles and colors OR: an equal number of Girl-Friendly and Boy-Friendly styles and colors.

Please help us meet families’ requests for more “BOY-FRIENDLY” hats by considering simpler patterns with darker purples, and stripes of blue, orange, green, or gray.

Looking for some patterns to help get you started? We've got a Pinterest board dedicated to the Click For Babies Campaign!