In June of 2012 I saw someone post about making hats for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. So I went to my local Hobby Lobby and picked up nine skeins of yarn that would be used to make these hats. I was so excited to get started and had a blast making these little hats. Here are some sample pictures...

Once I started I fell in love with these tiny hats and couldn't make enough of them. As of July 2013 I've made 71 of these tiny hats and donated them to my local NICU. They take about 1/2 hour each and cost less than 50 cents a piece. I don't think that's too much of a sacrifice for a little baby in need.

Now some of you may wonder what prompted this endeavor. Well, I've had two little babies in the NICU and I know what it's like to watch your tiny baby suffer to breathe and function on their own. No one made me hats or anything like that but they showed they cared in other ways.

This is my oldest in the NICU. It was so hard with him because I was so excited to see and hold my baby but I could only hold him for a half hour at a time. He looked so sick and tired all the time and had a hard time eating and breathing on his own. The hardest part was going home from the hospital without my baby.

This is my fourth baby who also spent some time in the NICU. He was born nearly four weeks early and also had problems breathing and eating on his own. There was such a rush when he was born that this is the first time I really got to see him and I wasn't even allowed to hold him until the next day. Once again it was hard to see him suffer there and to leave the hospital without my new baby but it was even more difficult this time as I had three more kids at home who needed my love and attention.

I will forever be thankful to those doctors and nurses who helped my little boys recover and come home with me. I have a soft spot in my heart for all those parents who watch their little ones suffer through illnesses in the hospital and hope these hats can somehow ease their burdens.

If you would like to make some hats for your local NICU I've written up the pattern here.

1 comment:

  1. They are adorable! I'm sure they are well received. A former NICU Mom myself.


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