Hat’s enough! RUH ends baby bobble hat appeal

After six-months of dedicated knitting by people from all over the world, midwives at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) are calling time – for now – on its incredibly successful baby bobble hat appeal.

The hospital’s Bath Birthing Centre is “bursting at the seams” with bags of the colour coded hats.

Rachel Coleman, practice development sister, said: “We’re really grateful to all of the
hard-working knitters and crocheters who have been so very generous with their time, skill and wool.

“Thank you to everyone who was part of this wonderful response – we’re stunned at the number of hats that have arrived.”

Bags of coloured bobble hats at the Royal United Hospital in Bath

The Bath Birthing Centre originally asked for around 5,000 hats to help ensure that babies
receive the individual care they need.

Their social media appeal went viral (including here at Love Somerset Online!) with knitters aged from nine- to 94-years-old involved, sending hats from 160 different locations and from countries including USA, Portugal, Spain, UK and Ireland.

The white hats, with red, amber or green bobbles, give a traffic-light indication to midwifery staff about a baby’s care.

  • GREEN – a green bobble means a baby is term, warm and feeding well
  • AMBER – amber indicates a baby needs a little more help with feeding and keeping warm
  • RED – red shows a baby will have regular observations by a nurse or midwife
Practice development sister Rachel Coleman with just some of the bobble hats

Ms Coleman added: “Babies still receive traditional midwifery care, but this is an extra
visual aid. The hats make a real difference in further improving the quality of care we
provide and we are extremely grateful for every hat donated.

“Our appeal really caught the imagination of knitters across the world. We now have
enough hats for our babies for a while to come, and we are running out of space to store
them! The hats are in use at the RUH and some will be sent to Gambia later this year.”

“Thank you to everyone who supported this appeal – if more hats are required we won’t
hesitate to ask.”

Babies at the Royal United Hospital in Bath wearing some of the bobble hats sent in by knitters and crocheters