Comfort Object / Security Blanket – Are They Good or Bad?

Wikipedia defines a comfort object or security blanket as an “item that provides psychological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at bedtime for small children”. Among toddlers, comfort objects may take the form of a blanket, a stuffed animal, or a favourite toy, and may be referred to by the terms blankey and lovey.

For newborn baby, a security blanket is truly a godsend. It keeps baby warm, clean, dry and comfortable. It calms fears and reduces anxieties too. I used these blankets when Little Edison was a baby but he didn’t get very attached to them.

When he reached toddlerhood, he began hugging his comfort pillow and a stuffed toy, rubbing them across his cheeks and nose, and clinging to them at bedtime. Among all the stuffed toys that he had, he loves this Hello Kitty a lot (picture below). I blogged about it HERE too.

As Hello Kitty is white, she tends to get dirty easily too. He becomes very nervous whenever his Kitty is dirty, and he demands that I should wash her every fortnightly. Thus, it becomes my duty to wash her every two weeks or whenever she is dirty.

Hello Kitty just had a wash last weekend. I put her at the window to air dry. On a sunny warm day, she will dry up before bedtime. It’s quite amazing how this Kitty remains so soft and cuddly after so many washes. Little Edison will be delighted to hug his Hello Kitty that is so clean and smells wonderful after a wash. And he goes “Mmmm, Hello Kitty is so fragrant!”

As he gets older, I want to limit its use to bedtime only. I tell him that his comfort pillow (named “Smelly”) and Hello Kitty will stay at home except when we’re on vacation. I don’t want him to carry them everywhere and becomes a habit that is difficult to wean off in future. He is pretty cool about it.

Does your child have a comfort object or security blanket too? Are you concerned about it? Why and why not? I’d love to hear from you.


Do You Still Buy Toys for Your Preschoolers?

It is increasingly difficult to find a toy that can hold his interest for more than a week.

We bought a motorized bike for Little Edison two months ago. During the first week, he was extremely excited about it. He rode on the bike as soon as he reached home from school. He refused to come down even when the battery was flat.

Little Edison riding the motorized bike around the neighbourhood

But his excitement dies down very quickly. He still rides on the bike now but less frequent – only when he sees his little friend next-door cycling and he wants to join the fun.

Last week, we bought an inflatable pool for him. My FIL diligently pumped the pool, trimmed the grass in the garden and set-up the pool nicely for dear Edison. He was super excited and spent the whole afternoon in the pool. My FIL even said that he took his afternoon nap in the pool! When he was asleep, my FIL then carried him out of the pool.

Little Edison playing with my iPhone in the inflatable pool

Feedback from my MIL is that he even wants to eat in the pool. So, she feed him lunch inside the pool. But again, his excitement dies down within a week. Now, he doesn’t even bother to go near it.

Do you still buy toys for your preschoolers? Are these toys able to hold his / her interest for more than a week? I’d love to hear from you.

Update on 8/30: Thanks for all your comments and ideas, I really appreciate them.


Product Review: Kanten Clay Studio

Two weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Sophie asking whether I’d like to test out their new product called Kanten Clay Studio.

Well, I’ve always been a fan of clay modeling. It’s an excellent way to develop fine motor skills in young children. It also encourages imagination and creativity besides increasing their attention span.

So I said YES, and they sent over two jars of Kanten Clay for me and Little Edison to check out.

As an introduction, Kanten Clay Studio is a Japanese product that emphasizes on its superior quality and safety standards to meet the demand of today’s parents who are concerned about hazardous artificial chemicals in toys. Kanten Clay is made of agar, food colouring and brine. That’s why it is all-natural and safe for our little ones to play with.

Kanten Clay can be purchased in jars of seven individual colours – white, red, yellow, blue, pink, orange and green, or in a set of four colours – white, blue, red and yellow. Of course, we can mix them up to produce more colours!

I opened the jar and took the clay out. My first impression was that it is quite hard, as compared to Play-Doh. I peeled it into smaller portions for Little Edison and now, he can easily mould the clay into shapes that he wants.

Next, he dished out all the plastic moulds from his Play-Doh set and started making letters and alphabets with the clay.

What I really like about Kanten Clay is that it’s oil-free and residue-free. I’m amazed that it doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on my hands after touching them. It also doesn’t leave any oily stains on the table after the play.

I used to be busy picking up the residues on the floor after Little Edison played with other brands of clay. If I don’t, the residues will stick on his pants and feet, and later moved on to the sofa, bed etc. The floor also has to be cleaned immediately; otherwise it feels so oily and sticky.

With Kanten Clay, I don’t have to worry anymore. It’s so clean and neat. The clay comes in a small jar, you can easily store the clay into the jar after playing with it.

I also understand that the clay is very long-lasting. It does not dry out or get hard easily. It retains water well, so the clay remains soft and malleable for a long time.

If you’re keen to try out Kanten Clay, you can purchase it online from Sophie & Friends. You can read more information HERE.

All natural. No smell. No sticky feeling. You’ll love it! 🙂