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November 08, 2008


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i am so loving this project.

i like the addition of the cap counter at the top of the page. hopefully i can get my caps mailed out soon.


This reminds me so much of when Zane and Ian were newborns. They were barely 5 lbs. a piece and had no body fat yet. Even though they were born during the summer in VA, we had to keep hats on them and wrapped in warm blankets to make sure they were able to maintain their body temps. Mailing my hats this week in honor of my two little ones (now big 6 year olds) that probably would not have made it if we had lived in Haiti and not the US. Great work Amanda.


thanks so much for this! i've been in the DR before (same island as Haiti), and so i've had a bit of experience with the "warm climate babes still need hats" thing, but i've run into a lot of people over the years who think it's only the babes in cold climates who need warmth. so i'm excited that there's this blog address now where i can send them when i'm asked the question!

also, for anyone who has the "last minute knitted gifts" book, there's a pattern in there for cotton hats. i'm thinking it's going to be a bit big, as it's for normal birthweight babes, but it's got ties on it, so it's the pattern i'm using for sure!

Mary Beth

Lovely answer. I was wondering about this too.


This post answers a question I've had for a long time!


I am excited to join you in this and I blogged about it today. Great idea!!


My daughter and I are having a great learning and crafting time with this. You are so lovely to organize this project. I am so pleased to be apart of it. Blogged about it today.

THANKS for ALL you do!!


There is another dimension to the cap issue. Haitien moms strongly embrace keeping thier newborns wrapped up. I think that the medical facts presented in the official answer might not be understood by the mama, but cultural practice has evolved to keep that body heat in.

Also, much of Haiti is mountainous, and it is pretty cool even at moderate altitudes. Where we lived, in Kenscoff, it was 58 Deg F plus/minus 3 degrees all year round inside our house at 1500 meters. When we brought our first child home to that place we had to keep him wrapped up as well. I hope that all of you contributing your hand made caps will also keep the people of this very unique place in your thoughts and prayers - and make a trip there one day. I am blessed to have spent a portion of my life there.


I really applaud the generosity of this project... but as someone who hopes to get into work as a development professional, I question the sustainability of the project. (Meant to be constructive criticism... rather than negative!)

I'm just wondering about whether it may be of long term benefit to get the women of Haiti to make these hats and provide them to the birth attendants. Maybe it's the role of another project or another organisation but it is one of the basic tenants of international development that you seek to empower communities.

Aside from that, beautiful hats and I am sure the women that receive them will be most grateful and especially if it saves even one baby's life.


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