BREWER – A group of local knitters is helping new parents and babies by creating mini purple hats.
A little bit of chatter mixed with clicking can be heard from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Friday at the Brewer Public Library. Sitting in on the Brewer knitting social group, as Cheryl Spencer a member of the Brewer Knitting Social Group, says back in June she attended an information meeting held by Penquis about the Click for Babies Campaign.
“The Purple hat program is a national program intended to raise awareness about the shaken baby problem,” said Spencer.
According to the National Center On Shaken Baby Syndrome, shaken baby syndrome is the leading cause of child abuse in the U.S. and most babies are less than 6-months old.
Penquis is collecting hats to donate to the Click for Babies Campaign, where communities across North America donate knotted hats using the color purple.
“The purple actually is an acronym for the characteristics for the kind of sustained crying that newborns sometimes experience in their first weeks and months of life,” said Spencer.
This type of crying may make new parents feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and helpless.
“Not being able to sooth that crying and may at an extreme…cause the shaken baby experience to occur,” said Spencer.
So far, 80 purple newborn hats have been made. These hats will go home with new parents along with information to help prevent shaken baby, the color purple as a reminder.
“It helps parents cope with that sorta situation. It makes them aware they’re not bad parents, the baby isn’t a bad baby,” said Spencer.
“Being a new parent makes a difference too…just information helps,” said Janice Wood, another knitter of the Brewer Kitting Social Group.
The hats can either be crocheted or knitted, and any donation of hats can be dropped off right at the Brewer Public Library before September 30th.