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Comfort objects

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 27-03-2007

Babies often form an attachment to certain objects such as toys,
a pacifier, or a pillow. We as parents encourage this attachment as it helps soothe the babies and
calm them. The advantages of doing so are as follows:  

  • Comfort objects reassure the
  • They provide babies with a sense of familiarity.
  • Comfort objects are there
    with the child at all times. This is something that is difficult for most parents to
  • Comfort objects provide the support that infants need to soothe
  • Babies often look upon comfort objects as substitutes for parents in their
  • Comfort objects help babies learn to sleep by themselves.
  • Parents can use
    the comfort object to help children cope with change. For instance, a child adjusting to a new baby
    sitter or a playschool is reassured by the familiarity of the comfort object.  (See article on

These are some important precautions to take with comfort

  • Do not depend on the comfort object to fill in for you when your child requires
    your presence.
  • As children grow, gently encourage them to start learning to cope without
    them. Help them to naturally outgrow their attachment.

Disclaimer: The above
information is commonsense reflection drawn from general experience. If you are looking for expert
medical advice, please consult your doctor.

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