Meet Miss Bunny.
She and an old silky nightgown of my mom's (named Cuddle, if you must know) were my two "loveys" growing up, though I never knew that word until about this time last year. I couldn't go to sleep without them tucked into bed with me for companionship and comfort. And though she doesn't come to bed with me anymore and is looking pretty old and tired (how many times did I bite her nose off? Poor thing!), she will always have a place of her own somewhere in our house. (My husband's childhood bestie, a stuffed sheep named Rammy, is equally honored here.)
For the first 10 months of her life, our little L has spent the night in a sleepsack with no other blankets, toys, or cuddly comforts whatsoever, thanks to all of the scary warnings about SIDS. Now that she's pretty much past the danger zone, though, I'm curious: how do you introduce a lovey to a child? Our pediatrician recommended that we start giving her something as a comfort at night besides us, so we'd like to find something soon. Plus, this post over at Naptime in Suburbia has made me have loveys on the brain this week.
We have several darling options, all in that head-with-blanket-body style that seems to be popular at the moment: a frog with a silky layer for baby fingers to stroke, a cuddly lion, and an owl from a German toy company with big eyes L likes to poke. Baby girl loves her pacifiers more than life itself, so I've also thought about trying one of these.
So far, though, she doesn't seem to have a particular preference for anything -- and when we put one in bed with her at night, she either plays with it (which keeps her awake) or throws it away from her in frustration. Do we have to wait until she chooses one of her own? And how does that happen, exactly?
Tell me about your lovey experiences -- your own or your child's! Inquiring minds want to know.