When Should You Retire Your Child’s Favourite Plush Animal
Plush animals are not just simple toys. These items bring comfort to children and console them. However, there will come a time when their toys must be retired. When is the best time to say goodbye to their plush animals? Here are some signs to watch out for.
- Constantly dirty – If your child brings his favourite plush animals wherever he goes, the toy certainly attracts a lot of germs. You need to wash his plush animal, which will likely wear out the toy. If there is no back up toy that you can give to your child when you are washing his plush animal, it is best to keep those dirty toys away from him.
- Stains and rips – You should fix any minor tears and rips with some thread and needle. Extra stuffing might be needed as well. If the damage can no longer be fixed or it is too tiring to do, it is best that you let the toy go and buy a new one. In case the plush animal has stains that won’t come out even after washing the toy several times, it’s time that you retire it.
- Loose accessories – Loose accessories and buttons are a serious choking hazard for children. If fixing the loose parts is not enough to fix the damage, you should retire the toy.
If you’ve decided to retire your child’s best plush animal, you should also know how to introduce a new toy. Be honest with your child while introducing a new plush animal. Instead of suddenly taking away your child’s toy, you should do it slowly. Introduce a new teddy bear or cuddly friend that needs love and a new home. Allow your child to get to know the toy while reducing time with his old plush animal.
You should also include your kid in the transition. Give the new toy a story like where it came from or why it needs a new home. Making an interesting story about the old toy can also reduce the sadness of saying goodbye. You should avoid taking away his plush animal and introducing a new toy during a time of change such as starting school or potty training. During this period of change, children especially cling to their beloved toys for support and comfort. It is best that you introduce a new toy when there is nothing going on in your lives. This way, it will be easier for your child to say goodbye to his old plush animal and accept his new one.