We bought this toy when NikkiZ started teething. It’s a bear head attacked to a small soft blanket and it was very easy for her to hold (before she could hold toys). Since she loved to chew on cloth (like her shirt or her bib) – we thought this was perfect. We sent it to daycare with her just in case, but haven’t really thought much about it. While I was reading No Cry Sleep Solution they suggested keeping a “lovey” near you when you nurse your baby so that when you’re gone, they’ll have something that comforts them like you do. The theory is that when they wake up at night and are not nursing (what they consider soothing) the “lovey” will soothe them enough to help them get back to sleep on their own.
I thought, well, we already have a toy we could use as that, so I told the daycare teachers about this concept. They looked at me like I was on CRACK. They were all “Huh?” Turns out? They can NOT get her to sleep without the damn bear at school! I just kinda sent it because they don’t have anything like that for her to chew on, not realizing she’s actually ATTACHED to it. They were TOTALLY shocked that I can get her to sleep without it. They said she’ll fuss and fuss while they rock her, but the second they give her Bankey Bear? She’ll cuddle with it and start to nod off.
I was all, “Huh?” My daughter has developed a “lovey” attachment on her own and I didn’t even know it. This explains why the few times I’ve forgotten Bankey Bear, her teachers seemed stressed. I thought they were just being silly, playing with the idea that an infant could have a favorite toy. Who knew? I told NIkkiZ she needs to let me in on these decisions so I’m not the last to know.