Soft toys, teddy bears, cars…what do children take to bed with them?
N has his favourite soft toys that he’s had since a baby – Peter Rabbit was his newborn present from his Gran, and he’s always loved it. His taggy blanket I made him is a little grey and manky nowadays. One red ribbon needs restitching in, and the other red one’s been ripped from too much wear and tear. He likes to rub the labels or ribbons while sucking his thumb. I’m trying to encourage him not to take his soft toys into nursery as he no longer naps and when he has them, that’s when he sucks his thumb.
He still takes them to bed, but doesn’t seem to suck his thumb during the night. However these aren’t the only items he takes to bed.
Sometimes he wants all of his teddies in bed. That’s about 15 give or take. Ranging from small rabbits and dogs to larger elephants. I’m sure it can’t be comfortable with them taking over, not to say hot in this warmer weather.
It’s more normal for him to sleep with only the 2 or 3, and then come morning, he’ll pile into bed with me…bringing with him all the soft toys!
Then he also has My Pal Scout. This is a great idea (although ours needs some serious updating with his favourite things). But not when he leans on it in the middle of the night and you hear it singing songs and spelling out his name.
Oh, and then there’s the more unusual items. That is, the non-soft variety of toys. Because, he’s just finished playing with them and think he needs to be with them all the time.
To date, he’s taken to bed, my old Fisher Price medical set, a tractor (and probably a trailer), his etch a sketch
every type of cup or bottle of water possible. Why it can’t be left by the side of the bed, I’ll never know. Then one day I pulled back the covers from him after a daytime nap to wake him up. I thought he’d just put his teddies to bed with him and tucked them in. But now, this is what I saw…books, my jumper, a wooden coat hook, and a bubble wand.
What strange things have your children taken to bed with them?