From a very early age, a child typically gravitates towards soft toys – and your child might have already become acquainted with their own fluffy chum who comes with them everywhere. This is perfectly natural and can have many benefits for your little one’s wellbeing and development.
These days, you can choose from a staggeringly wide range of child-friendly hand puppets and soft toys on the market. You only need to look at our own stock of such items here at Puppets By Post to see that there are now many more types of these playthings than just traditional teddy bears, human beings or monsters.
If your kid is drawn towards a particular comfort object, as is likely shortly after their first birthday, expect them to remain attached to it for years to come – and benefit from…
Strengthened parental attachment
You can’t always be with your child – but when you are away from them, the puppet or toy can reassure them by reminding them of you. It can make them feel secure, like when they are with you.
More independence and confidence
As your child grows more mobile, they might become inquisitive about the world just waiting to be explored. They could feel more comfortable exploring it if they take their little travel buddy, their favourite hand puppet or soft toy, with them. The puppet or toy can be a source of reassuring familiarity when they journey.
More effective handling of emotions
When you feel upset or frustrated, you likely appreciate being able to express your woes to someone who is sympathetic and non-judgmental. Your child is the same, which is why they might often vent their feelings to their puppet or teddy, whose warm presence can help your little one to feel better.
Development of vocabulary
At their age, your child will be learning a lot of new words. It won’t just be with you that your offspring is enthusiastically chatty, either. Teddy will be another willing recipient of their words – and your child speaking to their beloved puppet or toy may help to make them aware of creases in their pronunciation in need of being ironed out.
The even better news than all of the above is that you can add a few new affordable toys to your child’s collection by selecting from Puppets By Post’s latest offerings of hand puppets and soft toys, as can be easily perused in our well-stocked online store.