The Teddy Bear Dilemma

Pop quiz: what’s more dangerous a babyccinico or a teddy bear?

Okay, so it’s obviously not a real dilemma but I am sure that the parenting message boards have discussions  about the pros and cons of babies and teddy bears (and babyccinicos): appropriate age, health dangers, attachment issues, and how if you give a baby a teddy too young they end up like Sebastian in Brideshead Revisited. Let’s face it Sebastian and his attachment to Aloysius was probably his healthiest relationship.

Too cute

We’ve started to give Naomi a bear to play with and hug. I noticed that the girls approach the play mat toys very differently. Zoey is all over the dangling toys. Grabbing, licking, whacking, and sometimes she manages to do all three things at the same time. Whereas Naomi will try to roll over, stare at the toys, stare at Zoey, give a half hearted whack to whatever is dangling overhead and then start to cry because she would much rather be sitting up than lying down.


I tried giving her the developmentally stimulating toys to play with when she is sitting but she showed no interest (at the moment). Then I grabbed a bear and stuck it under her arm. I figured she might prefer the softer texture to rub and pinch, and she does.

Always at hand

So now she is interacting with the her bear more, and we have lots of cute photos. Win win.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cryscryss
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 15:34:56

    Buy a second bear that is EXACTLY the same. When her special bear needs cleaned secretly give her the other bear. This way, both bears wear out at the similar rates and will last twice as long. Also, having a secret second bear means that the meltdown of titanic proportions that would have occurred when her bear eventually becomes lost (or forgotten at grandma’s) is headed off at the pass. This is speaking from experience (not mine, mind you).



  2. Lennis (@BookishlyFab)
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 15:27:42

    Age appropriate or not, it’s adorable!



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