Dear Crissy

Are stuffed animals and security blankets a good idea?

Mine does. In fact, my toddler has three special stuffed animals. Meet the guys. Yes, Evan calls them the guys, how cute is that?

Pictured from left to right are: Winnie-Pooh, Ted-Ted, and Lim-Lamb (the lamb is a Scentsy Buddy).

These are Evan’s go-to friends, and it never fails that every night about ten minutes after I put my kid in bed, I will hear him screaming, “Mommy! Dropped the guys! Lim-Lamb! Ted-Ted! Get it, Mommy!”

Evan has so many stuffed animals, that it’s really funny and interesting to me how he settled on these particular toys to become attached to. He will grab all three of the guys up in his arms and carry them around the house, or he will sit with them and snuggle and kiss them. It is truly adorable.

I am pretty sure that when I was little, I had a security blanket that I carried everywhere with me, and I can remember my little brother being quite attached to a couple teddy bears. Do your children have special stuffed animals, or blankets, that they are attached to?

I know that I want to keep the guys forever, as a reminder to me of this cute phase in Evan’s life.

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  1. Erica — February 4, 2011 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    Crissy,

    Yes, my twins have stuffed animals galore and a few that are very special to them. One of them loves ALL of her horses and HAS to have them ALL in her bed with her right.there. The other one has a blankie she CANNOT sleep without. She has had it since she was a baby and took to it at about 4 months old. My chunkalove little man who is almost 2 also has a blankie that he became attached to around mmmm 8 months or so….and he cannot be with that either. The ‘obession’ with thier lovey’s get’s worse when they don’t feel well. I understand. I was also a blankie baby so I do understand :) Your little one is precious!

    Erica

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  2. Kirsty — February 4, 2011 @ 1:28 pm (#)

    My elder daughter just turned 9 and still HAS to have her Pooh Bear with her in bed, on the sofa when watching a DVD… He’s from the Disney store and is actually her v2.0 having lost v1.0 waaaaay back in 2005. My younger daughter is almost 7 and, whilst she loves her “yellow rabbit” (who isn’t yellow – she’s wearing a dress that used to be kind of yellow back in the day) and is desolate if she’s lost, she goes through phases when the favourite is someone else. Number 2 in her hierarchy is a yellow camel with red spots and orange/red striped legs (he’s from IKEA and she got him the Christmas she had chickenpox). I had a teddy bear (named Teddy) who was so much loved that he fell apart and my grandma had to made an all-in-one knitted suit to keep him together. He’s at my dad’s house now, somewhere and looks TERRIBLE (I’ve been told he was pink originally, but I only remember him without the plush so kind of a nasty grey colour).

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  3. Julie Wasson — February 4, 2011 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    Mine both have faves.

    My 8yr old boy have a baby white tiger that was mine but I never loved him like Timothy does. He also have a whole cloth quilt that my grandmother made for him.

    My 3 yr old daughter also calls her animals her guys. She has “Po” the purple hippo from Eden and Snowflake bear that she built for her 3rd birthday. Her fave blanket is not homemade, its a hand-me down with butterflies

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  4. AdrienneMay — February 4, 2011 @ 2:17 pm (#)

    My step-daughter has a MILLION security things… but she has one EXTRA special blanket. She is 8. I think it is very sweet. You little guy’s “guys” look very loved, soft and cuddly too!

    (also my fiancee has a pound puppy still from when he was little, he calls it NOSE, ironically the nose is now missing)

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  5. Erin — February 4, 2011 @ 2:56 pm (#)

    My oldest never had a lovey, but I think it’s because his paci was his lovey until I took it away FOR GOOD at 2.5. (I was lenient and let him sneak them while his little brother had them.) But the little one, I took it away at 1. And I think that’s why he formed attachments to loveys … for the past year he’s been carrying a Ziploc with LEGO Minifigures in it. He sleeps with it, brings it to bath, in the car, on errands. I have to keep a close eye on it, since it’s so important to him.

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  6. Alexandria Campbell — February 4, 2011 @ 3:01 pm (#)

    Phoenix’s security item is usually whatever he’s obsessed with at the time. Right now its Thomas the Tank engine so everywhere we go he drags around this Thomas rolling back pack with about 35 metals trains in it!

    When we went to Disney in October he only had a few trains & the could fit into this metal lunch box & it was such a pain because he’d be carrying them & they’d bust open on the plane. Ugh.

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  7. Shell — February 4, 2011 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    Aw, those guys are so cute. :)

    Mine all have lovies they need to sleep with. And OMG, if they can’t find them, there is trouble.

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  8. Nichol — February 4, 2011 @ 6:47 pm (#)

    Yes! My daughter has her pink baby blanket that she has to have no matter where we are. My son has a Build a Bear and a lamb from when he was really sick. They sit on his bed and never move. He loves those animals. The lamb I held onto for months and months even slept with it when he was in the hospital for so long. And to tell you the truth, I still have my favorite animal as a little girl:)

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    • Crissy — February 4th, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

      Aw, I really wish I had more of my things from childhood!

  9. TheWorthys — February 4, 2011 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    My little 2yr old little boy loves MICKEY MOUSE that he has to sleep with & each morning you are woken up to a cute little boy trying to carry it all. Two mickey mouse stuff animals, and his first stuff animal puppy and his blanket :)

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  10. Jenn-from reno — February 4, 2011 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    My daughter has a purple blankie and a cloud blanket names Te-Te.
    Don’t mix them up because she will tell you they are NOT the same. She has a tiny monkey named Cutie. She once misplaced it and I spent 2 hours looking for it while she cried as if her little life was over.
    I’m 34 and still sleep with my blankie or at least part of it.

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  11. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — February 4, 2011 @ 9:09 pm (#)

    I LOVE the picture on the right. His smile is adorable!!

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    • @Crissy — February 4th, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

      Thanks Stacie!

  12. Cindy @ Fenced in Family — February 5, 2011 @ 8:58 am (#)

    That is so sweet! All three of my boys have had favorite stuffed animals. I had a purple “blankey” when I was a kid.

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  13. Kristin — February 5, 2011 @ 9:39 am (#)

    That’s adorable! I love that he calls them “the guys” – too cute :) My 2 year old daughter has a circa 1980’s Care Bear that was once my husband’s, she loves that thing probably more than he ever did! Like your son, she has 3 favorites. One is a handmade doll I did a review on for KD’s Doll Shop (on Etsy) and the other is a Mickey Mouse stuffy my brother brought back from Hong Kong Disneyland. She’s got eclectic taste, lol.

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  14. Erinn S — February 5, 2011 @ 11:31 am (#)

    My 2 1/2 year old has Bear Bear- a very soft plushy bear. What he doesn’t know is that this is Bear Bear #2. Original Bear Bear tragically fell out of the stroller while we walked down the Vegas strip a year and a half ago and after my husband spent over an hour retracing our steps (halfway down the strip and back), we found a very close replacement in Downtown Vegas. That night in dark hotel room, we slipped new Bear Bear in and by morning he thought nothing of it (Phew!) and treated him as his original Bear Bear!

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  15. Lisa from Life with Lisa — February 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    James had that same little teddy bear blanket guy. Ethan (who is now 17) had “Puffy” – a blue puff-a-lump horse that he LOVED. We couldn’t go anywhere without it and even had a spare one for when Puffy needed a bath. Ethan could always tell the difference though. He especially loved the tag…. I’m like you – we saved Puffy – he now lives in Ethan’s closet and every once in a while I catch Ethan visiting him for a quick hug. (Hopefully he never finds out that I just shared this with the world.)

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