Period of PURPLE Crying Caps Program

Being a new parent can be overwhelming and dealing with a crying baby can be stressful. It’s important for parents to understand that babies go through a Period of PURPLE Crying, when baby’s crying intensifies and he/she may seem inconsolable.

All new parents at Providence Health & Services in Oregon receive education about the Period of PURPLE Crying. Additionally, Providence is part of a collaborative effort with other health systems to raise awareness for the Period of PURPLE Crying and prevent shaken baby syndrome.

To support this effort, the public is invited to help make purple caps for babies. The donated purple hats will go home with parents at the birth of their baby during the month of November to raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome prevention.

View crafting guidelines and access free patterns.

Official hat drop-off sites

Your purple baby hats can be dropped off at several locations, including:

  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center: The information desk at the main entrance.
  • The Knitting Bee (this location is also offering a discount if you mention the materials you’re purchasing are for purple caps)