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there is evidence to support this trend, and all I can find is numerous consumer articles that quote each other but do not cite or link to any actual research.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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4167048/Hospitals-giving-premature-babies-cuddly-octopus-toys.html#ixzz4Zdz6fpSY "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." http://www.attn.com/stories/14821/heartwarming-reason-people-are-giving-premature-babies-hospitals-crocheted-octopus "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." http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/14913656.The_crocheted_octopuses_that_help_tiniest_babies_feel_safe/ "research from Denmark" links to the site below, where no actual research, or specific claims, are posted: https://www.spruttegruppen.dk/danish-octo-project-english/ Beverly Beverly McLeod, PhD, MLIS Manager, Library Services Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center 710 Lawrence Expressway, Dept. 394 Santa Clara, CA 95051 408-851-2790 phone (tie 8-401-2790) kplibraries.libguides.com/home So many databases, so little time! . -- your simple search solution. NOTICE TO RECIPIENT: If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are prohibited from sharing, copying, or otherwise using or disclosing its contents. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and permanently delete this e-mail and any attachments without reading, forwarding or saving them. Thank you.