Octopus for a Preemie

Two months ago, an article about a group of knitters and crocheters making octopuses for premature babies in the UK went viral on Facebook. Jessica Holmes saw a definite need here in the U.S. so she started the Facebook group, Octopus for a Preemie. They now have over 9,500 members, many of which are working to make these little octopuses. The results are worth it though as doctors and nurses have seen improved blood flow, more regulated heart rates, and babies less likely to pull out cords and monitors. The tentacles of the octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord, giving the babies something familiar in an unfamiliar world. These little octopuses give the babies something to cling to and helps the parents know that someone cares. The U.S.group has only been around for two months, but they have already donated over 360 octopuses to premature babies.

6 thoughts on “Octopus for a Preemie”

  1. Pamela Jurgens says:

    Have read about this project..but no pattern has surfaced here in the states would be interested in donating if I could get written instructions. Thanks!

    1. Karen says:

      Make sure to check out the third link below! Octopus for a Preemie, USA. Our standards are higher than overseas and it takes a while to get the pattern down to specs. But is of course, doable.

  2. Ginger says:

    The best way to join this project is to join the Facebook group and read all of the files. All of the information regarding approved materials, the approved pattern, how to become a certified crafter and how to become an ambassador for your hospital (if they haven’t been contacted about this project yet) are in the files.

  3. Ginger says:

    Oops, wrong link. Sorry, here’s the correct link for the group:

  4. Bethany Niemeyer says:

    I am not a Facebook member but still want to help. Can you help me find anywhere near me that I can take my little octopi? These are such fun projects that see so helpful.

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