This bonding square design uses a half linen stitch pattern, with stripes of rainbow colours specifically for rainbow preemie babies. A “rainbow baby” is one that is born after a loss.
A bonding square, or more accurately a pair of bonding squares are a way for a premature baby and its parents to bond, by smell. Usually, premature babies aren’t able to be physically touched very often, which is one way that early bonds are formed.
The parents are given two identical squares, usually each measuring around 5” square. One square is kept with the baby, and one is kept on the parents. Roughly every 12 hours they are swapped over, fresh with parent and baby scents.
This free PDF download contains written instructions to make a set of rainbow bonding squares.
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If you’re not sure where to donate your bonding squares, places you can check include your local hospital, midwifery/birthing centres, health visitors, children’s centres, doulas, baby banks, and church outreach groups, as well as Facebook groups such as Warm Baby Project.
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Best wishes, Sam xox
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