Childrens Attachment Toys - AKA Cuddlies

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It may be a soft toy, muslin or blanket that your child insists on taking everywhere including bed, outings and the toilet! The item may be near impossible to leave at home, separate from the child – even to let you wash it.
Why it happens: Most children get attached to a specific object (or thumb) before they reach their first birthday, but this behaviour usually peaks in the second year. That’s because these objects provide a sense  of  security  when  toddlers are really beginning to explore the world and become more independent. Plus, they provide comfort at a time when childhood fears (of the dark, of strangers, of dogs) can begin.
What you need to know: Don’t worry that your toddler will turn into an adult with his teddy in tow. Sometime between ages two and five, most are ready to bid farewell to their “ blankie” (though they may occasionally cling to it during times of stress). The attachment is rarely abnormal, but do keep an eye out if your child is always snuggling with his attachment toy instead of playing with other toys, running around outside, or socialising with peers. If so, consider whether there’s an underlying cause, such as a stressful situation at home or other changes.
What to do about it: Never tease your child about his attachment to a beloved object and don’t insist that he give it up. You can, however, take these steps to make it easier for him to let go when the time is right:
•    Set limits, if possible. Tell your toddler that his ‘ teddy’ can be carried around in the house but not to the playground. Or that it can go in the car but not inside the shop. (He may surprise you by actually listening to reason – “Let’s keep Teddy at home where he won’t get lost or dirty.”)
•    Enlist your child’s help. Ask him to find a special place in the house where his” blanket” will be safe while he plays outside. Or suggest he buckle it in the stroller or car seat before he leaves for an outing.
•    Schedule laundry visits. Get your child used to having his lovey washed (when he’s asleep overnight is a good time). Your nose (and his) will thank you. Praise him for being a “big grown up boy” when he hasn’t got it with him.
•    Buy a duplicate if possible. You can whip out the twin (and head off a meltdown) when the original goes AWOL.
•    Keep his hands busy. He’ll have less time to cling to Teddy if he’s got interesting things to do, such as crafts, puzzles, and building toys. Distraction is a great tool.
•    Give extra comfort, cuddles and reassurance so his attachment toy isn’t his only source of comfort.
As your child weans off his special object you may find it becomes just  a  bedtime  item. As he gets older increased peer interactions will probably deter him from having the “cuddly” out on display and he will be more comfortable to let go of what may now be a threadbare teddy bear or frayed piece of discoloured cloth.