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No kidding! And compared to what?  I'm remembering a famous (infamous) experiment in which baby monkeys were either given a metal "mother form" (that also provided milk) to cling to or a cloth one (ditto). The metal frame monkeys suffered horrible effects (including death); the cloth covered ones were still neurotic, but didn't die. The experiment demonstrated that TOUCH is vital to mammalian development. Soft cloth vs cold metal... soft cloth better for mammals.

So.... is it an octopus or any cloth that a baby can snuggle up to? Temple Brand (not sure if that's her last name--famous autistic person who has done a great deal for  humane treatment of cattle) invented a hug machine that involves pressure but also soft cloth--not an octopi in sight. 

I'm happy to agree that contact with a soft object soothes babies (having had 3 of my own as a data set), but the rest of it... no way to "prove" that. Sloppy thinking and even worse writing. 


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This is one of those things that just makes me shake my head. How could they possibly prove "Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe?"

Stabilize breathing or blood pressure, maybe. Fairly easy to collect and crunch that data. But the statement above requires either a person who can verbalize their feelings and thought processes, or the ability to read minds. Even at face value that claim is kind of dubious - would premies connect a very soft, dry, short skinny thing with a firm, wet, pulsing, long skinny thing? 

You have to wonder if they wouldn't get the same results  with any big headed, big eyed, soft thing to hold.

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Our NICU nurse educator asked me whether there is evidence to support this trend, and all I can find is numerous consumer articles that quote each other but do not cite or link to any actual research.  (I love how reporters are so casual about reporting "research" - sigh)  If anyone reads Danish and has access to a Danish medical research database, or Aarhus University researchers to check this out, so much the better.

"The idea began at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, where medical staff reported that the toy octopi calmed babies, led to improved breathing and cardiac patterns and, as a result, increased levels of oxygen in their blood."
Read more: 
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.dailymail.co.uk_health_article-2D4167048_Hospitals-2Dgiving-2Dpremature-2Dbabies-2Dcuddly-2Doctopus-2Dtoys.html-23ixzz4Zdz6fpSY&d=DwIGaQ&c=lC2BOuyTwLhYUwx2vqZp6A4NC8GJH--j-GtKaBDeEwM&r=dOnG_WbsqEr_daUMW6cS-izAgpScffKqZ8a20PEVwvOdzIGX7zNblpIu-Ci8Pi1T&m=aD-iJEPqvthCkh8nzu2UYE4DqtSBBJXFbZr1oWH4ejM&s=ruzll5ZUpo6SVWSEY1mher3vxh-_QRhPq-4PpCJrgFg&e= 
 
 
"Poole Hospital picked up the idea in 2016, calling it "Tentacles for tinies." In addition to the octopi having a calming effect, which in turn regulates the heartbeat, Poole also notes another benefit: "... babies cuddling an octopus were less likely to try to pull out their monitors and tubes."
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.attn.com_stories_14821_heartwarming-2Dreason-2Dpeople-2Dare-2Dgiving-2Dpremature-2Dbabies-2Dhospitals-2Dcrocheted-2Doctopus&d=DwIGaQ&c=lC2BOuyTwLhYUwx2vqZp6A4NC8GJH--j-GtKaBDeEwM&r=dOnG_WbsqEr_daUMW6cS-izAgpScffKqZ8a20PEVwvOdzIGX7zNblpIu-Ci8Pi1T&m=aD-iJEPqvthCkh8nzu2UYE4DqtSBBJXFbZr1oWH4ejM&s=8gX9HE2JjQL0_GVs8EZOuVT6zIt_YCQpDbEBJln2YEY&e= 

"Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe...The unique idea comes from Denmark where it was found octopi calmed babies. Specialists said snuggling the tentacles even led to better breathing, more regular heartbeats and higher levels of oxygen in their blood. Babies cuddling an octopus were also less likely to try to pull out their monitors and tubes."
"Research has proven the tentacles of a crocheted octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe."
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.bournemouthecho.co.uk_news_14913656.The-5Fcrocheted-5Foctopuses-5Fthat-5Fhelp-5Ftiniest-5Fbabies-5Ffeel-5Fsafe_&d=DwIGaQ&c=lC2BOuyTwLhYUwx2vqZp6A4NC8GJH--j-GtKaBDeEwM&r=dOnG_WbsqEr_daUMW6cS-izAgpScffKqZ8a20PEVwvOdzIGX7zNblpIu-Ci8Pi1T&m=aD-iJEPqvthCkh8nzu2UYE4DqtSBBJXFbZr1oWH4ejM&s=ZZ0MQjjBAeMFUndwX5-WRvWpn4K1YvnvS8B15PNVUjQ&e= 

"research from Denmark" links to the site below, where no actual research, or specific claims, are posted:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.spruttegruppen.dk_danish-2Docto-2Dproject-2Denglish_&d=DwIGaQ&c=lC2BOuyTwLhYUwx2vqZp6A4NC8GJH--j-GtKaBDeEwM&r=dOnG_WbsqEr_daUMW6cS-izAgpScffKqZ8a20PEVwvOdzIGX7zNblpIu-Ci8Pi1T&m=aD-iJEPqvthCkh8nzu2UYE4DqtSBBJXFbZr1oWH4ejM&s=F56HwOX62WFfcIVyhlzvQs9RWZuO85h3r6vyezSBXwY&e= 

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