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How Crocheted Octopuses are Helping Premies


​(Photo: Poole Hospital, UK)

I have been tempted to learn how to crochet for years! This might just finally push me over the proverbial edge.

PLUS, there is a medical reason behind the tentacles… so I suppose technically you could make a squid too:

"Research has shown that crocheted tentacles remind little ones of their umbilical cords and being inside their mother’s womb, which in turn helps them feel safe.

"The idea came from Denmark, where research showed that toy octopuses can calm babies, while squeezing their tentacles led to better breathing, more regular heartbeats and higher levels of oxygen in their blood. The babies were also less likely to pull on their monitors and tubes."

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.