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
- 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.