The forgotten comfort of a stuffed bear

Filed under: Big Kids, Toys

A few weeks ago, I was tucking Ellie into bed when she handed me one of her favorite stuffed animals. I had mentioned that I had been having trouble sleeping so she offered up Brownie, her plush bear with the bright red ribbon tie. She said Brownie would help me sleep better and would be easier to hug than my usual pillow. Plus, she pointed out, Brownie is much quieter than Papa and doesn't snore at all.

Of course, I graciously accepted her offer and took Brownie downstairs with me. Later when I went to bed, I grabbed up the little bear and brought him with me. I didn't really intend to sleep with him, I just didn't want her to know he had been left alone in the living room all night.

I put him next to me on the pillow and when I woke the next morning, I was surprised to find Brownie clutched tightly in my arms. Obviously I had grabbed on to him at some point in the night and there he stayed. And you know what? She was right. Brownie was much better suited for hugging than my pillow and I slept better that night than I had all week. It's been over two weeks now and I am still sleeping with Brownie.

There really is something comforting about having that bear at night. It may be because he's her bear and it is the next best thing to cuddling her. Whatever the reason, I highly recommend grabbing one of your kid's stuffies before heading to bed tonight. I may be too old to be sleeping with a stuffed bear, but I am also too old to care if you tease me about it.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.