A favorite stuffed animal or teddy bear is a must-have for most children.
Their soft and cuddly friend becomes a staple in their room, travelling wherever they go.
Whether your child’s stuffed animal is a classic bear, their favorite zoo animal, or a beloved TV character, they offer plenty of benefits to children.
Beyond a security blanket or favorite toy, stuffed animals can actually help with your child’s development.
From offering a warm hug to developing language skills, stuffed animals offer a creative outlet for learning about emotions and socialization.
Keep reading to learn why kids like stuffed animals so much.
First, the obvious reason that children love stuffed animals is because of their warm and cuddly nature.
Nothing is more peaceful or soothing than an adorable teddy bear with a kind smile.
Stuffed animals give the best hugs, offering a feeling of security and comfort for children of all ages.
One study found that one in three children expressed an attachment for an inanimate object.
Out of those children, only 7% were attached to a hard toy, including action figures or toy cars.
However, 31% formed an attachment to soft toys, like teddy bears or stuffed animals.
The data clearly shows that children love soft toys, and many people form life-long attachments to their favorite childhood stuffed animal.
Over the years, the design of the average teddy bear has changed.
While adults might not think much of the slight changes to the features of teddy bears, they actually have a scientific backing.
The facial features of teddy bears and many stuffed animals have actually been modified to reflect more precise facial features that humans are naturally drawn to like.
The dimensions are scientifically happier and more cuddly, enabling children to become attached to their favorite teddy bear.
Stuffed animals come in a variety of shapes and sizes, many featuring bright colors and fun characters.
Simply seeing a familiar face, even if it is an inanimate object, can brighten a child’s day.
The warm, fuzzy face of a favorite stuffed animal can offer a reassuring smile, no matter what else is happening in the world around them.
Stuffed Animals Are Created to Last
These days, it does not seem like toys are built to last. Over time little plastic pieces break off or batteries die, and a toy is no longer as fun as it once was.
Stuffed animals, though, can last much longer than other toys.
The soft and cuddly nature of teddy bears and stuffed toys lend themselves to gentler play, instead of rough and tumble activities.
They also have fewer parts and are less likely to fall apart.
As your child grows, their favorite stuffed animal can also be preserved.
Whether it sits on a higher shelf as decoration or is safely enclosed in a keepsake box or shadowbox, it can be a reassuring presence throughout their life.
Countless adults still have their childhood teddy bear or favorite doll tucked away in a safe place.
Do you remember your favorite stuffed animal from your childhood?
Continue to part two of this article.