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Bear hugs


This month Dr. Amanda Gummer cuddles up with the world of plush to explain why your favourite teddy is an integral part of a healthy play diet


WITH INCREASING reports of anti-social behaviour and children with mental health issues, we here at the Good Toy Guide believe the time is now to highlight the importance of plush toys and put them firmly back into the centre of a healthy play diet. The soft feel of a plush toy makes it huggable,


Pillow Pet


A soft toy in various animal shapes that can be flattened out to be a pillow or folded back up with a Velcro tab to make a cuddly toy.


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  Encourages imaginative role play


Support emotional development and attachment, especially when travelling


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Promotes both caring and nurturing


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while its face gives it a personality, so unlike a comfort blanket, children are able to transfer or project feelings on to them. This can then act as a substitute for a person when they have worries they want to work through. Not that plush toys can ever replace a caring adult,


but late at night when the child is supposed to be going to sleep, cuddly toys can help a child relax and get a good nights sleep. Children are often afraid that their worries are silly and that adults won’t understand. The very fact that pets and cuddly toys don’t answer back makes


them great listeners and children are often able to work through their problems simply by saying them out loud. This is the basis for most listening therapies that are so popular today. Smell is very strongly


linked to emotional memory and teddies that


have been cuddled and slept with develop a very personal aroma which children find comforting. So, with all the high-tech


toys currently available this year, why not spare a thought for a cuddly toy and help children develop in0to happy, emotionally healthy adults.


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