Pretty Preemie Hats Help New Parents In a Difficult Time

UPDATE: Thanks for all your support! The Pretty Preemie Hats website is currently down while the founders decide on the direction of the charity. We’ll keep you posted  as they send us updates.

Pretty Preemie Hats is a passion project that helps ease the overwhelming stress new parents experience when their newborn baby comes early and starts life out in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

This charitable foundation provides handcrafted preemie hats to the Victoria General Hospital’s NICU in Victoria, BC. It also sells hats on their website (www.prettypreemiehats.ca), and donates proceeds to the BC Children’s Hospital.

A group of four young commerce students started Pretty Preemie Hats after two team members witnessed their own premature babies struggle for life in the NICU. Nothing is more frightening for a new parent.

You can visit the Pretty Preemie Hats website to read their stories, and to add your own. Through their struggles, the parents behind this charity recognized that sometimes little details can make all the difference. A preemie struggles just to maintain body temperature. It is crucial to cover a preemie’s head with a tiny newborn cap.

Who would think of that? Not many people, since parents enter the hospital hoping and expecting everything to be well with their little one. Parents are not prepared for a premature baby. They are scared and tired. They need help with details.

The problem?

Preemies are so tiny, any available caps don’t fit them.

The solution?

Pretty Preemie Hats specializes in handcrafted hats in beautiful designs that are made to fit premature babies. This simple charity provides comfort to parents, who often feel helpless in the NICU, and to preemies, who need any kind of help they can receive.

A tiny little hat can have a powerful effect. Aside from the practical use Pretty Preemie Hats, their beautiful design is a gift to parents. NICU is clinical. It can seem cold. Parents have waited for their newborn, planning with love and care.

When their baby starts life in NICU, parents want to be able to give their child something that expresses their love and attachment. These preemie hats are just the ticket. They will comfort baby and parents during their time of need, and later serve as a beautiful keepsake (or memorial, should the struggle prove too great).

Whatever happens in NICU, Pretty Preemie Hats provides a way to help Baby and to comfort parents. Family members and friends can also donate to the charity by buying hats online, either for their newborn, or for donation to a hospital.

To learn more about this wonderful charity, visit www.prettypreemiehats.ca. You can also like them on Facebook.

Maria Tracz

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Maria holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology. Her rich academic background also includes literary studies, film and theatre. She is a writer in the areas of culture, alternative health, personhood and ritual practice. Her depth of knowledge and experience mixes with a keen wit that results in quality, entertaining content.

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Charlie Parker
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Charlie Parker

As a preemie baby of a mom who is nearly 60, I can tell you the trauma of having a baby born in the NICU is stressful, and therefore memorable. I’m sure my own mother would have loved to have something like this when she needed comforting.

Dave H
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Dave H

My son was five weeks early as well and drove me to make this successful.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

No doubt that’s trauma your mom will never forget.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

No doubt that’s trauma your mom will never forget. Glad she at least had a happy ending.

virelex
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virelex

No doubt that is an intense trauma that your mother would never forget, both my mother and myself were five weeks premature, it was rough on my mother and grandmother to say the least.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

It’s so sad when that happens. Welcoming a new baby should be one of the happiest experiences of a person’s life, not a time of intense worry.

Rob Toccs
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Rob Toccs

Little things can make a big difference!

Christine Birch
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Christine Birch

Especially to new parents! All those little things add up!

Christine Birch
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Christine Birch

What a fantastic idea to bring warmth and care to an otherwise scary and stressful situation. With all of the concerns that come with parenthood, especially in a NICU situation, this is a great way to care for these families.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

I don’t think anyone ever appreciates warmth and care more than when they’re in a scary, stressful situation. Sometimes receiving that care is the only thing that keeps a person in a situation like that standing.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

God bless the creators of Pretty Preemie Hats. They are truly providing an invaluable service to people experiencing an extremely trying time.

tomysole
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tomysole

This is an inspiring story about a group of people doing something amazing for a great cause. I wish the news media would focus more on stories like these and give credit to people who actually do good and do things that change the world in a positive way.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Why does the news media ignore stories like these in favor of crime, sleaze, and empty-headed celebrities? A story like this could help a lot of people.

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

That’s a great question. I’d rather hear about something like this than one more thing about the Kardashians.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

I could go on about the Kardashians, but I’ll just say that I miss the days when a person actually had to do something to be a celebrity (I’m just old enough to remember them). As for those in the news media, they’d probably claim they’re just giving the audience what they want by offering up these stories. But if the audience isn’t given options, how can it know what it wants?

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

Right? You used to have to have a talent of some kind of become famous. I think that thinking up and organizing a charity like this is a talent. Posing and pouting is not.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

It absolutely is a talent. One of the great things about modern technology is we no longer have to rely solely on the media to promote worthwhile causes like this.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

When did having a talent no longer be required for being famous? Why did it change? And how do we get back to that?

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

I could go on about the Kardashians, but I’ll just say that I miss the days when a person actually had to do something to be a celebrity (I’m just old enough to remember them). As for those in the news media, they’d probably claim they’re just giving the audience what they want by offering up the stories they do. But if the audience isn’t given a variety of stories, how can it know what it wants?

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Speaking of the Kardashians, the other day I came across a clip from the recent FX miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” In it, defense attorney Robert Kardashian, played by David Schwimmer, is out to lunch with his kids and tells them, “We’re Kardashians. Being a good person and a good friend is more important than being famous.” That may be the textbook definition of irony right there.

Tay H
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Tay H

Very well said the media should give credit where credit is due

virelex
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virelex

This is a great idea, and could really help comfort a mother going through a rough time.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Parents going through a time like that need all the comfort they can get.

auntieemily
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auntieemily

Two of my nieces were premature and I know that their births and time in the hospital were hard for my sister. This program sounds great!

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

No doubt they were hard for you, too. The parents have it the worst, no doubt, but everyone in the family feels stress and worry.

auntieemily
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auntieemily

Very true. But, those times make their healthy lives now that much more special.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

That’s true. It makes the families appreciate what others might take for granted.

Linnea S.
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Linnea S.

What a wonderful idea! It’s so true that parents of preemies go through an incredibly stressful time. These tiny hats are so soft and cuddly. These little newborns may not yet be able to wear any of the cute clothes that Mom and Dad have prepared for them, but at least they will be adorable and warm in their lovely knitted hats!

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

It must take a special talent to make such small hats.

Georgia Potts
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Georgia Potts

It really is a sweet idea. The hospital always provides little knit hats for newborns, but I’m sure they are far too big for most preemies. I still have the little knit hats the hospital gave to my kids. The people at the Senior Center make them and donate them to the hospital.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

I’ll bet you’ll have those little knit hats for the rest of your life.

Serita Tillson
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Serita Tillson

This is fantastic! Those hats are both adorably cute and a lifesaver, to the precious preemies that need them!

Holly Thomas
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Holly Thomas

My daughter was not a preemie, but started life in the NICU. I still have the little knit hat that the hospital volunteer group gave us. I have to agree, the little gestures mean everything when you are in such a clinical setting. I was not expecting the situation we found ourselves in, and between the hormones and the exhaustion every little bit helped .

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

It’s ironic, in a sad way, that people experience such intense emotions in such a drab, colorless environment.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

As beautiful as these hats are, I don’t think I could keep one as a keepsake. It would be too painful.

mpaige
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mpaige

I was born one of triplet preemies, and I can assure you that the parents of preemies would really appreciate such a gesture. My parents still have pictures of me in the NICU, and it’s hard to believe I started out that small. It is really scary.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

Seeing those pictures must remind you of how far you’ve come in life.

It's All Write
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It's All Write

It’s great that people have the skills to make things like this, and then are willing to take time to create them and donate to an organization with such a great and uplifting purpose.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

It’s a genuine humanitarian effort.

ACLacey
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ACLacey

I and my sister were both ridiculously premature. I was born at 24 weeks, she was born at 26 weeks old. I can’t imagine how unnerving it must have been for my parents. I remember seeing photos of me just after I was born and my father telling me that he could hold me in just one hand. All my clothes had to be knitted by my grandmother because nothing would fit. I imagine a gift like this would have been well-received! It’s an important issue that’s often, sadly, overlooked.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

How does it feel to look at pictures of yourself right after birth? Parents like yours who have to be scared for their children and yet continue to go about their lives day in and day out are quiet heroes.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

I’m very excited to learn what the founders’ decision is for the direction of their charity. Hopefully we’ll learn their decision soon, and hopefully their charity will continue for many years to come.

Earl Dotson
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Earl Dotson

This is yet another reason why the Internet is such a wonderful tool. There are families all over America and Canada who would greatly benefit from these hats, and thanks to modern technology it’s much easier for them to get those hats.

pastorjamesledbetter
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pastorjamesledbetter

Little ones look so adorable in one of these.

Tay H
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Tay H

What a great idea being able to purchase these preemie hats and donating them to hospitals.

Bethany A.
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Bethany A.

My niece was a preemie. It’s always good to hear of charities helping out those who need it!

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