Octopus for Preemie SA are crocheting tiny little teddies to help soothe prem babies in the hospital and the idea is working wonderfully.


The concept of crocheting tiny octopus teddies has come to South Africa at last. It is said that their tentacles are the closest thing to an umbilical cord, thus giving a prem baby the comfort of the womb.

Studies have shown that babies with an octopus are less likely to pull on their monitor cords and tubes. ‘Octopus for Preemie SA’ has launched the project in South Africa and hopes to see equally positive results.

“Our aim is to support premature babies through their first days with the octopus .. we are crocheting and knitting the octopus to soothe the newborns”

Volunteers around the country are now using their crochet skills to knit these cute teddies to help premature babies develop to their fullest potential after their early birth.

You can find out more about the wonderful initiative here as well as find info on how to send in your little octopus creations. They also provide the pattern which you can see here, for those keen to start.

This is an easy way to kick off your year of kindness. Will you be taking part in this creative initiative? Let us know in the comment section.

Sources: Facebook via LeadSA
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