Residents at Rogers House Residential Care Home Wigmore volunteer to help mothers and babies at local hospital.

They have been knitting mother and baby bonding squares for the baby unit at St Thomas’s Hospital.

Knitted in pairs, bonding squares are becoming increasingly popular within neonatal units in hospitals to help mothers bond with their premature babies. One square is placed with a premature baby and another is worn against the mum’s skin, then the squares are swapped round every 12 hours, or every time mum visits.

As a result, the baby can smell mum’s scent even when she isn’t there or isn’t able to get the baby out of its incubator, and then when she goes home she can still smell the baby’s scent on the square she has with her, which is a big comfort. Not only this, but many mums also find that it really helps with expressing breast milk.

Lots of the ladies at Rogers House are keen knitters, regularly making blankets, booties, hats and other items, so when they heard about the bonding squares, they were thrilled to get involved with the project. Some of the staff have been knitting squares in their own time too!

Lorraine Laker, Care Coordinator at Rogers House commented: “Our residents love knitting so they were more than happy to get involved with knitting some bonding squares for St Thomas’s Hospital and our staff were keen to join in too.

“We’ve made lots already and the residents want to carry on, as they’re having such a positive impact on the mothers and babies who receive them.”