It is no secret that both the Little ones have comforters and have done since they were born. Little 1 has Humphreys corner ones with Humphrey cuddling a blanket called 'Humphrey' no less and Little 2 has pink rabbit ones she calls 'bunny'. The girls and I went shopping the other day and bought some for the baby, they are little brown teddies holding onto a blanket with stars on and really sweet, the girls and I have decided they will be known as 'Ted'.
We have bought all our children comforters and I am glad we did, they have been very useful at times such as settling at night, starting nursery, and going on holiday or sleeping at Nannys and are still in daily use with both the Little ones.
Little 1 had a yellow one and a white one when she was born, both Humphreys corner and very similar but it became very apparent at about 11 months old that only the yellow one was good enough so we had to source another off ebay pretty quick before we got into problems. I have always been hot on rotating the comforters and washing them often (I really don't like children with smelly or dirty comforters, I think it is horrid) so the girls have never got attached to a particular one, just the colour in Little 1's case. The white one was relegated to her pre-school bag and was left there with her spare clothes just in case she got upset or fell over while she was there (as she didn't generally take one with her or have one there) and will now only be accepted if both the other two are covered in vomit or something equally revolting and not clean yet!
|Humphrey- looking worn!|
At 5 years old Little 1 goes to bed with Humphrey every night without fail and brings him down every morning, some days he tends to be left on the sofa for the day until bedtime, but others he is a much loved toy and is well played with, he has been on many adventures. We held a birthday party for Humphrey recently at Little 1's request too! Little 1 still needs her comforter when she is ill or tired and sometimes when life just gets a bit much she can be found holding him with her fingers entwined in the blanket. I did think before she started school and turned 5 that maybe she ought to be encouraged to give him up but then I thought it was going to be a big time of change for her starting school and having a new sibling, a time when she will need her comforter and why should she have him taken away anyway, surely she will gradually give him up as she gets older. Humphrey doesn't tend to leave the house unless we are going away overnight or staying out late and she might want him in the car on the way home. He does sometimes take a trip in the car with us but it is a rule that comforters are left in the car when we are out, heaven forbid we lost one!
Little 2 has a much deeper attachment to her comforter at the moment, you see she is a thumb sucker and thumb and bunny go hand in hand. If she wants to suck her thumb she has to have bunny, it just isn't the same without him, she holds onto his ear with her thumb hand and gently rubs it on her nose! She has just turned 3 and we are beginning to think about how much she sucks her thumb, she generally does it when she is in the car, pushchair or sat watching tv as well as in bed. If she is doing any of these things without bunny she does not suck her thumb but always seeks him out after a few minutes. I am hoping that by weaning her from having bunny in the car and her vacating the pushchair for the baby therefore not having bunny (as comforters are not allowed out of the house otherwise) that she can begin a slow detachment not only from her thumb but from bunny too.
She is a funny little thing and really likes a clean bunny, as I said I like to wash their comforters regularly, and having bought 3 of them so there was always a clean one available and with Little 2 having a tendency to get the ears grubby from holding them on her face, I usually throw one in the wash every couple of days. This has, in the last few months, led to her wanting a 'sniffy' clean bunny that smells of washing powder, she can't make it more than 48 hours without wanting a clean one! I'd rather this though than not being allowed to wash them at all, having 2 children and doing lots of washing each week means it is quite easy to always have a clean one.
What is your opinion on comforters, should encourage Little 1 to give hers up? Do you have a favourite toy that was very important to you when you were young?