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Please note: Due to an overwhelming response from the community, we are temporarily pausing accepting knitted baby hats. We will notify you when we resume the campaign.

Thank you to the community for the outpouring of support you’ve shown for this campaign, and for helping us reach – and significantly surpass – our goal. We are so grateful for your help!

Did you know, more than 6,500 babies are delivered at The Ottawa Hospital Campuses each year? When a baby is born at TOH, our team immediately covers their head with a knitted hat to replicate the cozy environment they left, and to prevent heat loss when they enter the world. These hats come in all different colours and patterns, and are extra special, as they are knitted by members of the community and donated to the hospital.

Do you or someone you know knit? The Maternal Newborn Care team is looking for more newborn-sized knitted hats to keep up with their annual deliveries. Help us ensure all babies receive a warm, homemade knitted hat at TOH and donate today!

Please see the instructions below.

Knitting pattern (PDF)


Please ensure the hat(s) are washed in a non-scented detergent before packaging. For Infection Prevention and Control purposes, we also ask you to place the hats securely in a paper or plastic bag before dropping off or sending via mail.

Delivery methods

Drop off

Drop-off at the Information Desk located at the main entrance of the Civic or General Campuses (see address below).

Let the volunteer know you are dropping off a hat(s) for the Maternal Newborn Care team.

Please note: When entering the hospital, you will be required to pre-screen for COVID symptoms using the electronic COVID-19 screening form, or by completing the form at the kiosk located at the main entrances.


The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus
Birth Unit
1053 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9


The Ottawa Hospital General Campus
Birth Unit
501 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6

Last updated on: May 3rd, 2023