CLICK for Babies
This CLICK for Babies campaign offers a small but significant way for knitters and crocheters to support new parents and keep infants safe from harm.
Every year, thousands of infants are shaken and abused at the hands of a frustrated parent or caregiver. Frustration with a crying infant is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants. To educate parents and caregivers about normal infant crying and reduce frustration, the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) is partnering with knitters and crocheters throughout North America to make purple-colored baby hats.
There's many ways to get involved, learn about infant abuse prevention and pass along the message!
WHAT IS CLICK for Babies?“There is a common misconception in society that an infant who cries excessively must have something wrong with them,” says Ryan Steinbeigle, Co-Director of the national CLICK for Babies campaign. “However, all babies go through a period of increased crying in the first few months of life. Some infants cry more than others, but that doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.”
CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps will be delivered to families in November and December with the Period of PURPLE Crying®, an evidence based program that educates parents about normal infant crying, ways to cope with the crying and the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant. PURPLE is an acronym describing the characteristics of a developmental stage of increased crying.
Come to a knit-in in your area! Hang out with us and knit or crochet hats for infant abuse prevention. Each hat will be washed, bagged and distributed to hospitals around the state. It then goes home with new parents as a reminder of the developmental stage of increased crying, the Period of PURPLE Crying.2014 hat-making guidelines
KNIT OR CROCHET AT HOME
VOLUNTEERAren't the craftiest person? That's OK! Volunteers are needed to help with the campaign in many ways, such as laundering the baby caps, donating knitting needles, donating baby-friendly yarn, hosting a knit-in and more. To learn if there are other ways to be involved, or for general information call us at 603-224-1279 or email us.
PATTERNS AND STORIES
Find crochet, knitting patterns, stories and information about the CLICK for Babies campaign worldwide and the Period of PURPLE Crying on their Pinterest page!
IF YOU'RE CLICKing...
The goal of the CLICK for Babies campaign is ultimately to increase knowledge of the Period of PURPLE Crying. So, while the caps are adorable and the knitters are appreciated, if we do not spread the word about this developmental stage of increased crying, then we aren't doing our job.
This year, we ask each participant to pledge pass along the message to 2 people for every 1 hat they make.
LAST YEARLast year, knitters and crocheters from around the state volunteered countless hours from Summer to Fall. We collected over 4,000 hats! “The CLICK for Babies campaign is so much fun,” says Maria Doyle, Training Director at NH Children’s Trust. “The response from the community to last year’s campaign was overwhelming. It is amazing to see so many people come together to spread awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying. We look forward to seeing the community being involved again this year” THANK YOU to our 2013 donors! See the journey of your hat here.
MORE ABOUT PURPLE
The Period of PURPLE Crying is an educational program for parents about on a developmental phase of increased infant crying. New Hampshire Children’s Trust leads the state's effort by providing technical assistance to hospitals who implement the program, supporting community-based providers who reinforce the program’s message, and spreading public awareness.
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