A few months ago, we were on a day trip when Teylor accidentally put her lovey down in a shop in Georgetown, Colorado. We got home that night and we're getting ready for bed, and she realized BUNNY was GONE. It was terrible for her- she is so attached to bunny and was afraid she was lost forever/ cold/ stolen/ etc. it was an interesting moment for all of us- her papa& I both realized we think of bunny as a 'real' animal at least subconsciously, and we also were worried about bunny's well-being at some level. Now don't worry, this story has a good ending. We found bunny& drove almost 2hrs to recover her! But in the days since, I see stories on social media all the time about lost lovies.
If your little one has a lovey, here are my suggestions for keeping it safe:
Don't take it out. This is simple but effective: we've decided that Bunny has to stay in the house. We have a less bonded but still sweet toy she takes for car trips now!
Put a tag on it! We purchased a small metal tag at petsmart like our dogs wear on their collars and put it on bunny on a piece of ribbon. Since bunny is 'real,' she needs a tag just like the dogs. This way, if she sneaks out somehow and gets lost...if someone picks her up they will probably make the effort to call us.
Get a leash for it- there are little leashes you can use to attach sippy cups to strollers etc- these are actually pretty good for most medium sized stuffed animals too!
Have your kids ever lost their lovey? Did you ever misplace a beloved toy as a child? Share your stories and tips with us in the comments!