|"CLICK" your knitting needles together and participate in the annual statewide Click for Babies public awareness campaign to help educate about the Period of PURPLE Crying and prevent infant abuse. |
This purple cap campaign is part of the larger initiative, the Period of PURPLE Crying*, which was adopted as Iowa’s statewide program to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. Click for Babies enlists knitters or crocheters from around the state to make purple newborn caps, which will be distributed at birthing hospitals during the months of November and December. Last year’s campaign collected over 70,000 caps (6,300 in Iowa).
RMC delivers the Period of PURPLE Crying* program for obstetric patients. Local knitters “Click” their knitting needles together to help prevent infant abuse right here in RMC's service area. The PURPLE newborn baby caps are given to babies during the months of November and December to help educate parents and other caregivers about the Period of PURPLE Crying. All infants experience a period of increased crying in the first few weeks and months after birth. Frustration with an infant’s crying is the number one reason someone shakes and harms an infant. The PURPLE baby caps help us educate parents that crying is normal and that it is never okay to shake or harm an infant.
If you are a knitter who would like to help keep these little ones safe by clicking purple baby caps, contact 563-927-7441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the campaign, visit: www.clickforbabies.org; to find knitted and crocheted cap patterns; become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @PurpleCrying. If you are interested in supporting the statewide knitting efforts, you may contact Denise Easley at 319-396-1620 with questions.
Guidelines for Caps
Caps should be made using any shade of PURPLE yarn. Other colors of yarn may be incorporated into the cap, but a shade of PURPLE should encompass at least 50 percent of the cap.
Yarn and thread labeled as "baby friendly" should be used for caps. The yarn should also be washable.
Infant heads come in a variety of sizes. As a general rule, caps should have a circumference between 7 ½ and 13 ½ inches and a height of 3 ½ -6 inches.
Please refrain from including “pompoms”, buttons, adornments or any type of strap to secure caps to baby’s heads. These pose a potential choking and/or strangling hazard to babies. It is okay to have an attached pom on top of the cap.