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Children's Loveys 2010-04-09 12:00:54

What Is Your Child's Lovey?

Like Linus clinging to his blanket and sucking his thumb in the Peanuts comic strips, lil ones love the sense of security that a transitional object provides them during times of stress. Many sleep experts encourage the introduction of a "blankee" or "lovey" to help tots learn to soothe themselves back to sleep rather than crying out for mom. For some, the object takes the form of a blanket or stuffed animal, while others turn to more unusual objects that have been with them since birth.

While my kids have turned to particularly soft stuffed animals to help them through rough patches, I've seen wee ones cling to everything from dad's tattered undershirts to baby socks to provide them with the comfort they seek. What do your children call a lovey?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
My daughter doesn't have just one lovey. She has lots of "friends," stuffed animals that she'll take with her to bed or in the car. Some days she wants Tinkerbell, some days she wants Miss Fabulous, some days she wants Sleepy Bear or Bunny Butt or Handsome Bear or Red Heart Bear...and some days, she wants all of them.
babysugar babysugar 7 years
TammyO, we had a very similar experience. My son has a little blue stuffed dog that he has slept with since he was about 8 weeks old. At a year, I got nervous that if we lost it, he would be upset, so we introduced a "back up" one. To say he refused it would be an understatement - he threw it out of the crib and never allowed it back in. Four years later we treat that first puppy dog like a treasure to be sure nothing happens to it!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
So to keep our daughter's head from exploding at the thought of two Mineys and that her parents are actually trying to fool her, we had to tell her that this was Miney's cousin visiting. Sad but true.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
By the way we found a "back up" Miney (we seriously had to go on ebay cause these bunnies are made in Belgium and the company doesn't even make them anymore) and when my daughter saw it she was like "what is THIS?? This isn't MY Miney." She won't be fooled cause the back up Miney looks NOTHING like her favorite beat up Miney. So we have to really make sure we never lose the one she loves. She will never accept the imposter unless we run it over and over with the car and seriously beat it up!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
My 3 1/2 year old has a flat bunny, it's basically a stuffed bunny head attached to a flat body. She's calls it Miney and it goes everywhere with her. She sucks her thumb with it and basically the stinkier it gets the better she likes it. So when we wash it (when Miney gets a "bath") we have to make sure we don't use harsh detergent or dryer sheets or else it gets too perfumey for her.
modchik modchik 7 years
My daughter (4) calls her lovey...well LOVEY! We have 2 identical loveys because one day she found "back up" lovey and REFUSED to leave one behind. She has the bunny head w/ pink blanket body from Bunnies By The Bay, an OPRAH favorite! my son (13) still has his (although it remains tucked deep in the bed), its the Gund Bear Snuffles (the white one) and his name is Boughty - I really have no clue how to spell it he called him that since he could talk and it stuck. Boughty does have a back up, he was discovered years ago in closet by my son and named Bob (go figure)
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