Can caps be crocheted instead of knitted?
Absolutely! Whether you knit or crochet, we need your help to make PURPLE baby caps and help prevent infant abuse.
How come there isn't a Click for Babies campaign in my area?
Click for Babies is a new initiative organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in conjunction with select organizations who have implemented the Period of PURPLE Crying infant abuse prevention program jurisdiction wide and have the resources and infrastructure to organize a local campaign. As the Period of PURPLE Crying expands into other jurisdictions other partners will be invited to participate and organize local campaigns. Check back often on the official Click for Babies website, www.clickforbabies.org to see if a campaign is being organized in your area.
Can I send my caps directly to the hospital(s) in my area since I don't have a local campaign?
Click for Babies is grassroots public awareness campaign to create awareness of the Period of PURPLE Crying, a program which works to prevent infant abuse by providing life-saving education to parents and caregivers about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking. Click for Babies is a campaign of the Period of PURPLE Crying program, thus caps are only being distributed by partnering organizations to hospitals that are providing the Period of PURPLE Crying to families.
There's not a Click for Babies Campaign organized in my area. Can I still knit or crochet caps?
Definitely! Even though there may not be a campaign in your state/province/region currently, you can still knit or crochet PURPLE caps and send them to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The caps will be distributed to jurisdictions where a campaign has been organized. Continue to check back on the official Click for Babies website, www.clickforbabies.org, to see if a campaign has been organized in your area.
Are there specific dimensions, designs and patterns for caps?
Caps should be made using any shade of PURPLE colored yarn and made to fit a new infant's head. Dimensions of infant heads will vary. As a guide, caps should have a circumference between 7.5-13.5in and a height of 3.5-6in. Please refrain from including "pom poms" or any type of strap to secure caps to baby's heads. These pose a potential choking and/or strangling hazard to babies.
Designs and patterns for caps are completely up to the person making the caps. However, we have provided a few links to some patterns available online and some that have been shared with us by others. Visit the "Knit" page of the Click for Babies website and follow the links in the right margin.
Where do I send my caps?
Check the Click for Babies website under the "Knit" section to see if there is a campaign in your state/province/region. If so, send the caps to the partnering organization/person in your area. If there is not a campaign in your area, that's okay. Send your caps to the:
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
C/O Click for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps
1433 N 1075 W, Ste 110
Farmington, UT 84025