We are Octopus Pals, a mother and daughter business born out of a love for creativity.
Octopus Pals was one of those lightbulb moments when you think to yourself 'that's a great idea'! It happened after my little niece was born six weeks premature just before Christmas. I was searching online for something to buy her whilst she was still in the NICU and I found a number of articles about the benefits of crocheted octopus for premature babies.
Lucky for me, my mum is very good at needlework and I knew she could crochet. I asked her to make a crochet octopus for my new niece and she created the first Octopus Pal.
My little niece took to it right away and it stopped her getting in trouble with the NICU nurses for pulling at her tubes. I could see there was a gap in the market for simple, handmade crocheted premature baby comforters and so Octopus Pals was born.
My mum makes all our stock herself and our Octopus Pals are unique as they are created from a single piece of yarn* so no small parts can fall off. The tentacles are no more than 20cm long to prevent choking and they do not have features.
A babies strongest sense is touch and so we ensure our Octopuses are just the right mix of textures for them to enjoy. All our items are made from 100% cotton and a super soft toy filling which makes them safe, hygienic and washable at 40 degrees.
*Only single colour items are made from a single piece of yarn, any dual colour items are made from multiple pieces.
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