Why do babies & children need stuffed toys?

Why do babies & children need stuffed toys?

September 14, 2020

Everyone remembers their beloved stuffed toy with joy. Whether in babies, toddlers or children's age, the bond with the beloved stuffed animal is very special.
For many children, the stuffed toy plays an important role in the first years of life.  Already in 1951, the British psychoanalyst and pediatrician Donald Winnicott found a positive dependence on stuffed toys. Especially in stressful moments, the attachment system instinctively kicks in with the little ones, so that they need something familiar to connect with their parents and home. So the beloved stuffed animal helps immensely to recharge your batteries.
Stuffed toys are much more than just a toy, they are close friends, keepers of secrets and accomplices. At the age of eight and twelve months, babies usually fixate on certain cuddle companions. According to Winnicott, stuffed toys are so-called "transitional objects" that help children move from dependency to independence, from the exclusive care of the family to the encounter with the world.

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