Knit or crochet to save lives with Get Stitchin’
School has begun and what a perfect time to spread the word and educate everyone about the Period of PURPLE Crying and to help prevent infant abuse.
Each and every day, infants across North America are shaken and abused because the person caring for them becomes frustrated with their crying. Many times the abuse could have been prevented had the person caring for the infant only known that early infant crying may be normal.
CLICK for Babies is a grassroots campaign that invites knitters, crocheters, and crafters across North America to make purple colored baby caps to be delivered to families in November with the Period of PURPLE Crying program. 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 awareness is generated through social media when people “click” the keys on their computers to gain and share information. The main goal is to increase awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying and help prevent the shaking and abuse of infants.
CLICK for Babies raises awareness in these ways:
• It starts conversations in the community – CLICK gets people talking about the reason they’re stitching so many purple colored baby caps and giving them to families.
• The purple caps serve as a visual reminder of the Period of PURPLE Crying. When parents see the purple cap, they remember what they learned in the hospital about normal early, increased crying. The caps also help to remind parents to look back at the educational materials they were given in the hospital.
Increased crying is not always colic – more often it is just part of the normal developmental phase we refer to as the Period of PURPLE Crying. Research shows that crying in normal, healthy babies will increase and then peak during these early months of age. It doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you or with your baby. We can endure almost anything when we know it will come to end. The good news is that this crying WILL come to an end. For more information visit CLICKforBabies.org.
How you can help
Find a newborn size baby cap pattern or use one that we have found. Please refrain from including “pom poms” that hang from strings or any type of strap to secure caps to baby’s heads. These pose a potential choking and/or strangling hazard to babies.
Purchase any shade of soft baby friendly purple yarn from your local yarn shop or craft store. Other colors of yarn can also be used in your cap, but be sure that the cap is at least 50% purple in color. Starting now and until the end of October, Get Stitchin’ is offering 15% off any yarn that is at least 50% purple in color.
Start knitting or crocheting as many caps as you would like. Infant heads come in a variety of sizes. As a general rule, caps should have a circumference between 14 in (13 in-15 in) and a height of 4 in-6 in.
Bring or send your completed caps to Get Stitchin’ by October 31, 2016. For every 10 caps you bring in, you will receive a $5 gift card. Caps will be distributed to babies in November during the Period of PURPLE Crying program.
For more information, to choose a pattern, or find out when Get Stichin’s Click for Babies Socials are, please visit GetStitchin.com/Click-For-Babies.