Friday, September 9, 2011
Call for Knitters!
Click for Babies is a knitting movement aimed toward raising awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome and they need our help!
Much too often, newborn babies are shaken and abused because their parents or others taking care of them get frustrated with their crying. And not to scare any potential future mamas out there, but the crying can be pretty tough. All you want is for your baby to be happy, but when he is still screaming his head off after you've tried everything in your power to soothe him, it's more than a little frustrating. Add to that the impaired judgment that comes with sleep deprivation, and you can almost see why people start doing awful things that wouldn't usually be in their nature. Daniel has been pretty good in this department so far, mostly crying due to things we've been able to fix, but he has certainly had his moments, especially in the evening. And what has helped me through these moments is knowing that 1. it is completely normal, 2. it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with me as a parent, and 3. it's a PHASE.
The folks at the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome have coined the phrase "Period of Purple Crying" to describe this difficult time. Check it out below (and click to embiggen)...
So here's where we come in: Click for Babies is trying to get the word out to all new parents in North America in the month of November about the Period of Purple Crying and is calling knitters to donate hand-knit (or hand-crocheted, if you swing that way) purple hats that will be donated, along with info and handouts, to those parents and their babes. You can read more details and find out where to send your purple hats here. They're hoping to get as many hats as possible by mid-October -- let's get clicking!
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