Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Purple Hats for Purple Crying

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) hosts a knit-a-thon each year, called CLICK for Babies, to bring attention to the Period of PURPLE Crying.

Many newish parents may be familiar with the Period of PURPLE Crying - it's a peak in crying that begins to rise at about 2 weeks of age, peaks in the 2nd month, and then falls in month 3-4. It can be frustrating for new parents because there seems to be no explanation for the crying. The NCSBS brings awareness to this period of heightened crying to help avoid infant abuse, particularly shaken baby syndrome. Learn more here.

To help bring awareness to this common problem, CLICK for Babies brings together knitters from around the world to knit preemie- and newborn-size hats in various shades of purple to give to new parents (along with information about PURPLE Crying) during the month of November. 

I've made one quick hat, using this pattern, and hopefully can do more (though I still have Jelly Bean's blanket to finish, and I'd like to make him a hat too).

Fig. 1: Simple purple cap. Note to self: need to learn how to take better knitting photos!

If you're interested in helping out with this great cause, check out the locations where you can send or drop-off knit/crocheted caps.