Everyone loves teddy bears, they’re cuddly, furry, soft and their character filled faces are adorable, but there is more to teddy bears than having something to cuddle. Scientifically they have value to your child’s development.
In the modern world mother and baby have a separation that is known as a transition – these can be babysitters, daycare and preschool. Science has shown that having a transitional object in these times helps a baby adjust to these moments easier than if they do not have one. A teddy bear is perfect for this. Throughout the child’s development as a mother cares for, feeds and rocks her baby the teddy bear becomes associated with this in the child’s mind. This allows the baby to find comfort in the teddy when the mother isn’t there.
Recent research has shown that babies become as attached to their transitional object as they do their mothers. This means that when the mother isn’t there the baby has something that is theirs when their mother isn’t there. As the baby goes through infancy the object becomes part of the child’s life and come become a therapeutic tool, bringing comfort when they are away from their parents.
Around six months babies start speaking to those around them, including their toys. This is where a teddy bear becomes very useful. It has a face and the child can become friends with a teddy because it has a face, will make “eye contact” and will lend an ear to everything your child has to say.
Teddy bears are used by medical and social care workers when they are dealing with traumatised children. The comfort they provide can promote a safe environment that can help a traumatised child open up and feel safe again. This can create a new bond and a feeling of safety and security.
A teddy bear is more to a child a child than just a toy, it is an essential object to help them transition into childhood. Let your child take their teddy when they go to daycare, their grandparents and even school, it’ll benefit both the child and their parents.