What exactly IS a “lovie” you may ask. I had never heard of them before becoming a mom. “Lovies” is a small, soft piece of cloth attached to a plush animal head. They are ideal for smaller babies who cant sleep with blankets or stuffed animals. I thought they were kind of strange so I didn’t get one for my son.
However, he was gifted one from a family friend, and I swear it was love at first sight. “Bun Bun” as he came to be known in our family, was a white bunny that was so incredibly soft. My son was inseparable from it from day one.
Below, I’ll introduce you to my son and his lovie, give you some reasons why your child needs one of their own, and some things you need to know.
Love at First Sight
Partners in Crime
Here are the reasons your child needs a lovie:
They are soft and cuddly –
Babies need that comfort, but safe sleep guidelines require that they not have anything in bed with them until they are much older.
They are a comfort –
Bun-Bun has become a huge source of comfort for my child. When he’s tired or upset, he immediately looks for his bunny friend. Having an additional comfort item was instrumental in breaking my son of his bottle and pacifier addictions.
They travel easily –
Another huge benefit to lovies is that they are small, and fit easily in a diaper bag of even a purse. So when they go everywhere with you, you aren’t fighting to cram a giant plush bear into your bag.
What You Need to Know
Buy More Than One –
Once your child becomes attached to a specific lovie, you will want to buy a duplicate. Actually, if you are smart, you’ll buy several.
My son’s lovie, it turns out, is discontinued. Luckily, I bought a backup before they became impossible to find.
Why do you need at least one backup? Well, if it ever gets lost, damaged, or dirty, it will be a life-saver to have an extra on hand. TRUST ME.
Switch Them Out Frequently –
To avoid the dreaded issue of your child being able to recognize the original from the duplicate, I recommend switching them out frequently. That way one will not look brand new, while the original has that “more loved” look.
Wash the Lovies Often –
Because they will go everywhere with your child, you will want to wash them often. They will get gross. Baby grime and general dirt and dust will accumulate. That is my only complaint about Bun-Bun. Whoever thought it was a good idea to make a lovie white CLEARLY never had children of their own. Its been a struggle to keep that Bunny looking so fresh and so clean.
ALWAYS Keep Track of Them –
Losing a lovie can be the toddler equivalent of a death in the family. After all, it becomes their best friend. So you always want to make sure to keep track of where the lovie is. If they take it into a store or restaurant, which I don’t recommend, but sometimes cant be helped, you never want to leave them behind. Same goes for traveling.
Be Prepared for Attachment –
Yours, not theirs. In a weird way, you will also form an attachment to their beloved toy. Its a hormonal mom thing. Maybe not everyone experiences this, but if you are like me, and cry every time you watch the end of Toy Story 3, you will.
It will remind you of when they were just small. It will make you nostalgic. And you’ll dread the day when they outgrow their childhood best friend.
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