I don’t know about your children, but mine all have soft toys. Reuben has Harold – a cream (or he was originally cream…) bear his grandparents bought him at Harrods, Toby has Fudgy – a super cute brown bear who I bought that you can read about here and who he calls his Fudgy-Harold after Roo’s teddy, and Edie has Flora the fox from Hazel Village.
I remember when Roo first started nursery, there was a real determination to stop him from having his teddy all of the time – like it was an unnecessary attachment. It’s something I was never comfortable with, and I would often say he is to be given it, irrelevant of your procedures, because he feels attached to it and in the absence of me, he needs it.
I do think that your child’s special soft toys are always something that you should try to have from birth and something that will last – goodness knows they go everywhere, they will be puked on, pooped on and dropped in puddles. They will become something that your grandchildren (should you ever have any) will ask questions about and no doubt find in a cupboard one day, long after your children have forgotten them… or in my case, my teddy (called Teddy because I wanted to buck the trend, obvs) who still sleeps on my bed, and who the boys cuddle now on occasion.
These luxury soft toys from Hansa are simply fabulous. Not only are they individually hand-crafted by artists, but they are done so to be so “realistic” it’s like having animals from the around the world in your bedroom. Every animal is given its own special ‘personality’ in a socially responsible, eco-friendly studio environment. I love that the artists design these soft toys using portraits of animals in their natural habitat, after all that is the best way to really capture the essence of an animal.
I can honestly say I think Hansa animals would make a beautiful special soft toy for any little one to love and cherish (and possibly pass on to their own little one.