Knitted squares for babies urgently needed

Calling all knitters and crocheters!

Six-inch knitted squares are needed for when neonatal babies and their mums are separated.

Smell is the first sense a baby develops and it is thought that a baby’s ability to smell their mummy is how they learn to recognise her. Each is given a square to hold against their skin, and then the squares are swopped over so the mum can leave her scent with the baby and she can smell her baby on her square. This bonding can also help mum produce more milk if she is breastfeeding.

The squares could also be rectangles or triangles and should be made in soft baby wool. As a rough guide 4mm needles should be used – double knitting/cast on 33 stitches – either knit every row or knit one, purl one.

All squares will be gratefully received. Please send all donations to the Neonatal Unit, King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL. If you need more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.