The hottie of our dreams, the fantasy hottie has landed! The latest from our hotties range is a collection of fantasy soft toys, each character a unique and adorable animal. This month we are thinking what do children really think about their special teddies? We are delving into the imaginations of children and will be looking at how to keep nightmares at bay!
Why should children sleep with a stuffed toy?
There have been many studies into whether children believe their teddies have thoughts and feelings. Some studies support this and others don’t. Our microwave hotties for kids have been designed in a variety of cute animal characters. All with faces and names. From the classic teddy to unicorn and rabbit to name but a few! Teddies are not just toys they are designed to be friends. These kinds of toys essentially serve as attachment objects for your child, making mile stones like transitioning to sleeping in their own bed easier. If the toy has a face etc then the child is more likely to feel like their stuffed toy has thoughts and feelings. These emotional attachments that get formed can last well into adulthood. We all have that one toy we still have a strong bond with!
When you choose a new toy for your child think what your child needs from the toy, if your child is very imaginative and always talking to his/her toys then a character toy is definitely a perfect match. For children who aren’t looking to inject life into there objects, a blanket or pillow can also be a comforting aid in soothing them to sleep. We created a range of products such as pillow friends, neck pillows which also are designed with the same goal in mind, super soft and snuggly for sweet dreams!
Our dreams aren't always sweet fantasy's though especially for children dreams can turn to nightmares. Pre school ages is the most common age for children to have nightmares but even in our older years and as adults we have the occasional times where fear takes hold in the night.
What causes nightmares?
- Sometimes they are a reaction to traumatic events such as injury or even watching something scary!
- Events or situations in waking life which are unsettling or involve change such such as moving school or family tensions. There might even be a theme in the dream that reflects what the child is going through.
- Being over tired and other sources of stress can trigger nightmares. Nightmares generally occur when our brain is working through something and making sense of it, this is part of normal developmental anxiety but if they are occurring all the time then there might be sources of stress at play.
Relaxation surrounding bedtime is key
Aroma home’s hotties are not only fun and fluffy but have been specifically made to relax and soothe for a betters nights sleep. All our hotties are fragranced with lavender, this is an essential oil for relaxation. The health benefits of lavender is a topic which we covered in our previous blog post :)
Our hotties have a microwaveable insert which once warmed up and placed inside the toy makes them perfect for warm cuddles. Just like the warmth that a real living animal brings!
A study of Israeli children during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War by researchers at Tel Aviv University found that children who were given a "Hug Puppy" had fewer nightmares and other stress-related symptoms than kids put on a waiting list. The children were either told that they should protect the puppy or that the puppy would protect them. When your child wakes up from a nightmare having a toy there is the first thing that will reassure and comfort them when they awaken.
A better nights sleep will increase happiness, function and mood, which is essential for wellbeing. It’s important to develop good coping strategies and be in a healthy sleep pattern. Our top three recommendations are as follows
1- A regular bedtime and waking time
2 - Wind down towards the end of the day. For children this could be bath time, bed time stories and cosy bedding etc… Set the mood for sleep!
3 - Cuddles. It’s simple really. Cuddles make everything better especially as we go to sleep.
Sweet ‘Fantasy Hottie’ dreams lovelies!