As you may have read in a previous post Ava has a dummy and is very comforted by it when is upset or tired. Without this Dummy I may be pulling my hair out as it soothes her very quickly and sometimes is the only thing to calm her. We are big fans of comforters !.
Then recently we noticed that she would find the labels on anything and suck then . So I searched the Internet and came across the slumber sac Taggie blanket . This consists of a little blanket which has different textured labels around the outside which she loves to feel or suck .
I have recently had some negative comments from people saying I am giving her to many comfort items and that I should take them all away from her !!. That she needs to learn to self sooth and not rely on these. This really angered me , why would I take something away from her that makes her happy . It’s like me taking away something you really love for no real reason !.
I remember whilst on some training with work they said that children have comforters may it be a dummy or a blanket as it make them feel safe and secure . We also shouldn’t take them off our children let them decide. If your child cannot find their comforter this can cause anxiety .
So I will not be taking them off Ava and she can have them whenever she wants . I know adults that still have a comfort item like a blanket or a teddy or even suck their thumbs and they are well rounded adults.
Ava’s now 2 and a half and is still loving her comfort items . The taggy blanket didn’t last too long though . It took her a while to find the right one for her .
She now has a bunny that goes everywhere with her. She loves bunny and if I’m honest I think it’s so cute to see her walking around with it. Bunny has been a saviour if I’m honest . Especially when she started nursery as I knew if she was upset then bunny could soothe her. Most of the time she doesn’t have bunny in her hand but it’s never too far away.
I joke that bunny will be with us for a good few years. I can imagine her being that child going to a friends to sleep over at 12 and still taking her bunny . You know what though if it helps her to feel safe and secure so what. The only thing I did wish was she didn’t get attached to the most expensive bunny . We have a load of plush bunnies but no she loves the Jellycat bunny that was £16 a bunny and it can only be hand washed.
You know the funniest thing is that I have been stockpiling this Jellycat bunny as I fear one day they will stop stocking it . You know that will be the day that we cannot find any of her bunnies and all hell will break loose.
She does also still have her dummy but she’s not too fussy over that. The only time she will have it is when she goes to bed . Which is fine , it hasn’t impacted her speech and her teeth are fine . I do hope though that she will slowly wean herself off it and not use it at all. We will see when that day will come but I’m not going to push it.
Do you still have a comfort item from when you were little ?
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