A child holding a soft toy

Soft toys: a bridge to independence

Does your child like soft toys?

They’re a classic gift for a new baby but they often then sit in the corner unloved and unnoticed for years.

But then something magical happens. They are rediscovered and, like an old friend, it’s like they never went away.

Your child is now two or three (or eight!) and the soft toy is no longer just a source of comfort but a companion, someone to invite to tea parties and take on adventures.

The perennial appeal of the cuddly toy is something we can all relate to. A first soft toy is a friend for your child to care for and look after (in the way they are being looked after themselves). It provides something soft and re-assuring to reach for in new or difficult situations.

Soft toys for comfort and imaginative play

Uncomfortable feelings can be projected onto a soft toy, so when a child is scared they can pretend the toy is scared. No surprise then, that soft toys often become so important to children, and that so many of us keep our own favourite childhood soft toys well into adulthood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

They can even be passed down through the generations. My wife’s teddy bear has now been adopted by my eldest son and he’s still in good shape. With a bit of luck he may even get a cuddle from my grandchildren.