Stuffed Toys or Dolls – Tip #160
Stuffed animals or dolls can provide a lot of comfort when a family member is absent, experiencing stress or difficulty re-integrating back into family life. The important thing to make sure of is to ensure that the doll or toy is not replacing real life interactions. If it is affordable, also consider buy two identical dolls or toys in case it is lost.
Try to personalize the toy or doll so that it can be connected to a special event, happy moment, parent, loved family member, etc. If your child already has a toy for comfort you can get it a mini t-shirt with a family photo printed on the front, go to build-a-bear and purchase a voice recorder (then open up the toy on a seam and insert it in), spray it with a perfume or cologne or put a pin or some other special item on it too.
* Personalized dolls – http://www.daddydolls.com
* Build A Bear – http://www.buildabear.com
* Operation Give A Hug – http://www.ogah.com
* Big Plush – http://www.bigplush.com
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