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Premature babies in the United Kingdom now have unlikely companions to keep them company: Adorable, crocheted octupuses.

All premature babies in the NICU at Poole Hospital in Dorset, England will receive an 8-legged, cuddly companion to keep them company while they work on getting strong enough to live and breathe on their own.

Research from Denmark claims that toy octopuses help premature babies, because squeezing their tentacles led to better breathing (which in turn leads to better oxygen levels and more regular heartbeats).

If you want to help, you can make octopuses yourself to send to the newborn babies.

You can find the octopus pattern here. Just be sure the tentacles aren’t more than 8.6 inches long, and that they’re made from 100% cotton. Then you can send them to the maternity ward at Poole Hospital and help some beautiful babies.