Understanding A Child’s Attachment to a Comfort Object
Attachment to particular objects is standard in any child’s growth. Many child psychologists call this a ” Transitional object.”
Children can become emotionally attached to cuddly toys and blankets.
Research has shown that children prefer their special’ comfort blankets and raggedy bears to newer, identical toys. A particular toy or object could also symbolize a mother or missing parent.
Understanding your Child’s Emotional Connections
Your child will feel a strong emotional connection if they build attachments to toys and objects. This is the phase that enables them to become independent.
It’s not funny to have a stuffed animal around. It’s part of growing up, learning how to grow.
This list can be used as a guideline to help you understand your child’s attachment.
Toys and objects are familiar
They associate the toys with security
Commonly used in unusual surroundings for the child
A comfort object that makes people feel comfortable in times of uncertainty
Reassurance for those who are far from their loved ones
Young children often use a dummy or soother.
Research shows that 70% of young children develop strong attachments to objects. This is a common observation in areas where children are separated from their parents early on.
Keep Your Child’s Special Attachment Toy in Good Order
The story of Ellie the elephant is charming. Ellie, Sia’s favorite animal toy, was always there for her every day. Ellie’s coat was often worn out and made him look very dirty. Sia’s mother would always make Ellie a new bright jacket and take him to the park to show it to other children.
What happened next? Sia is now 35, and Ellie still lives inside Sia’s cupboard.
Toys Reduce anxiety in children
Attachment objects are healthy and should be kept in the custody of children. Many children find that their attachment to their “blankies,” or soft toys, reduces their anxiety about being separated from their caregivers.
Also, most children will stop using a comfort object wherever they go though they might still use it for longer.
Many children stop sleeping with their attachment objects by the age of ten.
Don’t panic about your child’s attachment to a C comfort object
Parents will worry if their five-year-old can’t sleep with his dummy or if their teenage daughter refuses to get rid of the blanket she has used since she was a baby. It is still a controversial topic whether comfort objects are necessary for babies. Some feel that it is harmful.
While you may try to get your child to give up his comfort object, time will eventually take its course, and there is no time limit. We all have attachment objects. Don’t be afraid for your child to do the same.
Why do children play with random objects?
Have you ever seen a child with a strange object, but not necessarily a cuddly teddy or stuffed animal? Your child might prefer different things besides a cuddly toy or stuffed animal.
Keep their ability to bring a stuffed animal if they have an attachment. Although it may seem strange to have your toothbrush and other toys with you to bed, it is possible. It is essential to understand the passion of your child for specific items.