Since its inception in 2013, the Danish Octo Project has made 29,000 for preemies - babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy - in hospitals across Denmark. The initiative has also spread its arms worldwide with people in 38 countries taking part in the “Octopus for a Preemie” movement.
As the tentacles of the octopus simulate an umbilical cord - which establishes the connection between the mother and child - it may give the child a sense of being comforted. However, specific care must be taken to clean the toy and that it may not be advisable for cases where a baby is in an incubator or is very prone to infection.
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