Crocheted Ockis for premature babies in Luxembourg

The Project

The Octo project started in Denmark in February 2013, when a father got a small octopus made for his premature child. 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.

The project grew rapidly in Denmark, where volunteers began to crochet Octos to Danish hospitals. Within a short period of time it spread around the world, and there are now volunteers in Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Israel, Palestine, Australia, several places in the United States Florida and California.

Every year in Luxembourg about 350 babies are born prematurely. 40% of them are very small, i.e. 36 weeks or earlier. The Neonatal Departments at CHL receive the very small ones from Maternite G-D Charlotte, Clinique Dr. Bohler, the clinics in Esch / Alzette, Ettelbruck and Arlon.

The project came to Luxembourg in February 2014 when Ella was born 11 weeks too early. Ella’s grandmother crocheted an Octopus for her. The staff, who did not know about the project at that time, saw the effect and fell for the idea. Ellas grandmother was gathering a small group, who started crocheting Octos to CHL Cannery Clinic. It became the start of Ocki-Lux: OCtopus for KIds. We deliver our Ockis to the Kannerklinik and Clinique Dr. Bohler.

About us

We are a group of volunteers who crochet small Octopuses for premature babies in Luxembourg. We meet once a month, where we exchange ideas. Everyone is welcome and if you need some help, here is the opportunity to get this.

Next Ocki-meeting

3. Feb, 2021

Clinique Dr Bohler received the first 30 Ockis of the year today

6. Nov, 2020

Next Ocki-meeting

Due to the Corona pandemic, which for the last 9 months has had a significant impact on our daily lives, with, among other things, strict rules for assemblies, I have chosen to postpone our next Ocki meeting until the beginning of next year. The date for our next Ockim meeting will be announced later.
Fortunately, they still like to receive our Ockis at both CHL Kannerklinik and Clinique Dr. Bohler.
Babies are still born far too early, and despite the Corona pandemic throughout the year, I have been able to drop off our Ockis at the two wards.

When the year 2020 is over, we have handed over 345 Ocki to the two clinics and 100 comfort animals to the intensive care unit at CHL Kannerklinik. The ward is located in the immediate vicinity of the Neonatal ward, and takes care of seriously ill children from 1-15 years.

A big big thank you to all of you who help support Ocki-Lux and thus neonatal babies in Luxembourg in one way or another. Special thanks to Charlotte from Kehlen Handarbechtstreff and the crochet group at Maison Schauwenburg in Bertrange, who have made a huge effort in the past year.

Ella 2 weeks old with her Ocki