Our crochet bonding squares are intended to help families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to bond with their babies through smell which is one of the most developed senses in premature infants.
Octopus Pals baby bonding squares help create a continuous connection between baby and family.
One square is placed with the baby and the other with the family. These are then swapped over so that smells are shared between baby and family. This can be a great comfort to both sides and it means that bonding can take place even if families can’t be with baby all the time.
The most developed sense in infants is touch and that’s why crochet squares are great for tiny hands.
According to Science Daily, even premature babies at 33 weeks post-conceptional age, about 2 months before term (40 gestational weeks), are capable of recognizing and distinguishing two objects of different shapes (a prism and a cylinder) with their right or left hands. This makes the texture and shapes one of their primary ways of familiarising themselves with the environment around them.
Important: Safe sleep recommendations advise against putting anything in the crib with your infant. You should definitely check with your doctor before use.