Loveys can take many forms. Most of us have one in our lives. Traditionally, they’re something very soft and snuggly like a rag doll, a blankie, or a plush toy. For reasons only the little one knows, one toy will stand out above all the rest and becomes a beloved companion that will go everywhere with him or her.
Loveys are so special that they are often kept for a lifetime, well beyond childhood years. These are among the most common items to be kept in memory boxes that contain only the most important possessions from a person’s life.
Many kids start becoming interested in their loveys at around six months old, though some start earlier and others might take longer. There are significant benefits to having a lovey and many parents encourage their children once one has been selected.
Here are three of the top reasons your child will benefit from having a lovey in his or her life:
While there is no guarantee that your little one will form a lovey-level bond with a toy just because you hope he or she will, there are certain types of items that are more likely to become loveys than others. These are usually very soft – possibly with more than one fabric texture but without any hard parts such as plastic eyes or buttons – as well as being washable (to avoid having to throw it away if it becomes heavily soiled) and huggable. Ideally, it should be replaceable, too, just in case.
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