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. The purple hats represent an acronym for the Period of PURPLE Crying, a clinically proven stage of increased crying in infants. (see graph)
There are many ways to get involved, during our busy season and year-round! Learn more about the campaign and opportunities below. Educate yourself, your family, and your community about the Period of PURPLE Crying and pass along the message! We can't do it alone.
CLICK for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps 2017 campaign has begun! Join us as we spread the word about infant crying and the importance of being prepared for the frustration it can cause.
Ways to Participate:
Knit 1: Knit or crochet a purple cap that will be given to a newborn when his or her parents learn about the Period of PURPLE Crying at one of the 18 NH birthing hospitals that share this important information with parents.
Tell 2: We want families, friends and neighbors to support the parents of new babies so that they all get through the Period of PURPLE Crying happy and healthy! Help spread the word about the developmental stage of increased crying by sharing information - Knitters are challenged to share information with 2 people for each cap they create!
Give 3: Want to participate but not a crafter? Consider providing 3 skeins of yarn to a local knitters group, sharing posters or flyers with a parents group or distributing them in your community, or donating $3 (or more) to NH Children’s Trust to help us continue to lead the effort to get Period of PURPLE Crying information to every new parent in New Hampshire.
Volunteers needed later in campaign to launder and tag caps - contact us to learn more about that opportunity.
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.
KNIT OR CROCHET AT HOME
You can stay involved year-round! Complete several hats? Finished caps can be mailed to New Hampshire Children’s Trust at 10 Ferry Street, Suite 315, Concord, NH 03301 all year!
Please be sure to check out the 2017 hat-making guidelines and info about sizing. Find crochet, knitting patterns, stories and information about the CLICK for Babies campaign worldwide and the Period of PURPLE Crying on their Pinterest page!
VOLUNTEERNot the craftiest person? That's OK! Volunteers are needed to help with the campaign in many ways, such as laundering, bagging, and tagging the baby caps and distributing them to hospitals. To learn if there are other ways to be involved, or for general information call us at 603-224-1279 or email us.
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Remember that CLICK for Babies has 2 main purposes at its center. While the caps are a great reminder for parents who receive PURPLE education in the hospital, we want everyone in our community to know about the developmental stage of increased crying. Clicking those knitting needles and crochet hooks is important, and so is "clicking" our computer keyboard to let family, friends and community members know about the Period of PURPLE Crying.
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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