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Getting involved with the CLICK for Babies campaign is easy! Learn how you can contribute.

Make a PURPLE Cap

Donate a cap to raise awareness about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking. The cap you donate will go home with parents at the birth of their baby to serve as a reminder about the period of early increased crying all babies go through, how to cope with that crying, and the dangers of shaking an infant.

Not a Knitter? Volunteer!

Making caps isn’t the only way to get involved! From sharing information about the campaign on social media to donating yarn to your local campaign, there are several ways you can participate in this community effort. Contact your local campaign coordinators to find out how you can help locally.

Some Common Ways to Get Involved Locally Are:

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  • LEARN & SHARE the Period of PURPLE Crying and CLICK messages verbally, electronically and by hanging flyers at work, school, library, grocery store or other places around your community. Visit the toolkit to view sample social media posts as well as talking points about the Period of PURPLE Crying, CLICK for Babies, and Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma.
  • Donate new, SOFT TO THE TOUCH, washable PURPLE yarn to the lead CLICK agency in your area. Click here to find out who is leading the campaign in your area. Click here to see the Cap Guidelines for more information about preferred yarn types.
  • Sponsor a knitter/crocheter with a donation of PURPLE yarn.
  • Ask a knitter/crocheter to teach you (and others) how to knit or crochet
  • Organize one or more CLICK for Babies “Knit-In” at your work, school, library, grocery store, or place of worship.
  • Visit a local yarn shop and introduce them to the CLICK Campaign and ask them to consider: posting flyers in their store and on their social media; 10% discount on PURPLE yarn; PURPLE “Knit-In”; volunteer to be a local PURPLE caps drop-off site, etc.
  • Volunteer to help to sort, tag and box up hats for shipment to hospital birth centers.
  • Volunteer to help write thank you notes to hat donors.
  • Volunteer to assist with a local CLICK community event.
  • Offer cooking, laundry, childcare or cleaning assistance to a family who has recently brought home a newborn.
  • Offer to be someone who that family can call upon if they find themselves needing a break from their crying baby.

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Each and every day infants across North America are shaken and abused because the person caring for them became frustrated with their infant’s crying. Many times the abuse could have been prevented had the caregiver only known that early infant crying is a part of normal childhood development. This period of crying is known as the Period of PURPLE Crying.

CLICK for Babies is a North America initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant.

Thank you for your support of this year’s CLICK for Babies Campaign. If you are dontating caps, please remember the cap crafting guidelines.

2014 CLICK for Babies Purple Cap Crafting Guidlines

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Thank you for paying close attention!

Parents select their favorite hat from the dozens that are on display in their birth centers. The most popular hats have common characteristics. These guidelines will increase the likelihood of YOUR hat going home with a family.

YARN: Hats that are either KNITTED or CROCHETED will need to be made with new, clean, SOFT-TO-THE-TOUCH and WASHABLE yarn.

“Value” yarns are sometimes scratchy and tend not to be selected by new parents. Test softness on your cheek if you’re unsure!

WARMTH: These hats keep babies’ head warm outdoors during the colder winter months. Smaller stitches result in a warmer hat. The large, loose stitches of circular loomed hats tend not to provide enough warmth.

SIZE: These hats will be worn by 1 or 2 day old infants. The average newborn head circumference is 14” (13”– 15”). If your hat fits snugly over a balloon blown to 14”around it will usually fit. Hats should be approximately 4-6“ high. Make adjustments when using yarn or needles of a different size than your pattern calls for.

COLOR: Hats need to be 50% or more of any shade of PURPLE (for the Period of PURPLE Crying).

SAFETY: Please help us keep babies safe from choking and strangulation risks:

PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH DECORATIONS: pom-poms, tassels, straps, bows, ribbons, buttons, etc.

STYLE: Please use EITHER: all Gender-Neutral (Unisex) styles and colors OR: an equal number of Girl-Friendly and Boy-Friendly styles and colors.

Please help us meet families’ requests for more “BOY-FRIENDLY” hats

Consider simpler patterns, darker purples, stripes of brown, gray, green, black.

Download the guidelines

Others Ways to Get Involved

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Spread the Word

Help us spread the word to prevent child abuse and raise awareness through community and online activities.

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Stitchers Club

Get a wide variety of custom patterns for your PURPLE caps campaign and start knitting today!