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Crochet Baby Octopus
“Have you already heard about these little crochet octopus for preemies? These little octopuses were first introduced in Denmark in 2013 where an octopus was crocheted for a preemie. Hospital staff observed that the baby was calmer and was less pulling on its feeding tubes or respirator. Actually the tentacles of the octopus reminds the baby of the umbilical cord and their mother’s womb so it comforts them. After Denmark it was Sweden and then the Netherlands, Luxembourg, England and France that introduced the crochet octopuses in hospitals.”
I saw a video about these crocheted octopuses on Facebook today and was inspired to share them with you. As mentioned above, there are hospitals across Europe (and now America) that use these as a form of therapy for preemies. I think it’s wonderful they help the babies so much, and I’m sure they’d be comforting for full-term babies too.
Of course you want to be careful when making these octopuses, so check out this link for some safety tips: https://www.cemarking-handmadetoys.co.uk/charity-toys-octopus/. And then once you’ve done that, head on over here for the octopus pattern: