Quite recently my biggest project (apart from completing Uni work) has been to crochet some cute little baby octopuses. People probably think that an octopus is a random thing to start crocheting when in reality it is something that a lot of people could start getting involved with.
Recently I came across an article on Pinterest on how people are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies. It is a project that has been on going for quite a while now. People are making these octopuses for babies in incubators. The tentacles of the soft toys mimic the feel of the umbilical cord and gives comfort to a babies tiny hands. This prevents them from pulling on any wires and tubes in the incubators. They also give the baby some extra comfort.
The article states that…
These little toys make babies, and their parents feel calmer and safer. The babies play with their tentacles as if it is their mother’s umbilical cord. – octopusforpreemie.com
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I read this article and saw how much these octopuses could actually help a new born baby. To feel safe, secure and stop them from pulling a wire that could potentially cause a lot of damage. I decided that I needed to jump on the band wagon.
You do not need to be able to crochet to help this project. You can donate to octopusforpreemie.com which helps them to supply materials for making them. Or there are a number of different places, such as eBay or Etsy, that you can purchase them from and donate them. I have recently added a couple to my eBay and Etsy pages. £2 either gets donated to help octopusforpreemie.com or I make a new octopus to donate to a local hospital. (Usually donating when I do not have the time due to work or Uni). The octopuses that I sell off eBay or etsy are the ones that get made and do not fit the exact size needed to donate.
If you would like to help or know somebody expecting that this would be a great baby shower gift for, then please have a look at the links below.
|[Image: Octopus For Preemie UK]|