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February 19th, 2013

What is the best way to introduce a toy as a comfort object?

Many parents who buy a Safebreathe Hoppy or Patch  ask us what is the best way to introduce a toy so it becomes a comfort object which helps settle their baby to sleep.  We asked our Facebook likers for their tips and this is what they came up with:

  • “I started giving it to my little girl when I put her into the cot for naps.  It’s almost a ritual now where I tuck monkey into her arms then say “sleep sleep..””  Karen Ross
  • Make sure you have more than one so you can wash them or in case they get lost. A lost comforter is very upsetting for everyone.  But a comforter is great – perfect for helping them on big milestones too such as starting nursery! I have 3 of the same type of each of mine – one for home, one for nursery and a spare!”  The Bear and Miss Rabbit
  • “I always fed my babies with their toy so it got familiar smells on it, such as me, baby and milk. I also put it in their cots at bedtime and their pram when we were out.”  Emily Surash
  • “I used to sing to my son and let the bear dance and sing to make it a lot of fun and also just let him touch and feel it a couple of times a day”  Moon Bunny Stacey Hutchins
  • “I used to feed them with their comforters tucked in to the feeding pillow with them. Both when breastfeeding and when I had to bottle feed so that the comforter smelled of baby and me. I found that baby would associate their toy with comfort and familiarity.”  Sarah Clifford

Do you have any other tips?

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