Premature babies gain comfort from crocheted octopuses, that volunteers are now struggling to keep up with the demand.
The octopus are made by volunteers as part of a worldwide movement called Octopus For A Preemie.
“The tentacles on the octopus actually resemble the umbilical cord,” Bianca Green, co-founder of Octopus For A Preemie Tasmania, told John X on ABC Radio Hobart.
“So they play with these tentacles and it stops them from pulling out their cords or jostling them.”
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Ms Green became involved with making octopuses alongside Andrea Carey, and the pair have found they just cannot keep up with demand.
But a recent call to help on the Octopus For A Preemie Tasmania Facebook page has garnered a massive response, with a number of extra volunteers and crochet groups now offering to help.
“The therapeutic value isn’t just for babies,” Ms Green said.
What a fantastic idea! Well done to everyone that chips in, such a comfort to the precious bubbas.
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