Usually babies become attached to a specific item by the age of 1; I assumed as Ellie has never been bothered by teddies and hadnt grown attached to anything specific she wont feel the need to carry something around with her. Once again I am proven wrong and at 19 months she has decided her George Pig teddy is HERS. It goes everywhere with her; to bed, in the car, shopping and even to soft play!
According to research babies and toddlers become attached to transitional objects around the same time that they develop fears and anxieties yet a teansitional object such as a teddy or blanket can provide them with a sense of security. A familiar object when the world is suddenly so much bigger than just their house. I imagine its like walking in to a room full of strangers and not wearing any clothes, your sense of security has gone along with your clothes.
Im not bothered about Ellie having a transitional object that makes her feel safe in unknown situations however I am worried about her losing it somewhere and not having another yet I dont want to have multiple teddies just in case.
At this moment in time she isnt fully attached to a single object but more like she is attached to certain tv characters. Ellie is slightly obsessed with Peppa Pig and has a couple of peppa soft toys already. Today she took Mummy Pig to soft play and wasnt bothered about George until we got home and she saw she had left him.
I actually find it quite cute when babies/toddlers show an attachment to something. Ellie pretends to feed George, she hugs him after she has thrown him on the floor and is started to show empathy towards it. I know that attachment to “things” can become an issue as they get older but for now I am going to encourage her new found love for George Pig ❤