Benefits of a Comforter
Why all babies need a transitional object (comforter/lovey)
What is a transitional object and why does it help?
A transitional object, otherwise known as a comforter, blankie or lovey is an item used to provide psychological comfort for babies and toddlers especially in unusual or unique situations, or at bedtime for small children.
Babies from six months onwards experience some degree of separation anxiety as part of their normal development. It is thought that it is a result of increased mobility and independence and a developing realisation that they are physically separate from their primary carer. In some children this can be quick phase, while in others (like mine) it can continue well through-out their toddlerhood. Any mum who has experienced their little one's anguish at being left with someone while you attend a doctors appointment know how intense these periods of separation anxiety can be. Introducing a transitional object is one way parents can help their little one feel safe and secure during these moments.
Transitional objects or comforters , similar to lullabies, can quickly help build positive bed and sleep associations which can make going to to bed and resettling during the night easier for your little one. Outside the house they can really help too - providing a sense of security and comfort during situations where they may experience a higher level of anxiety such as unfamiliar environments, child care or going to the doctors. Transitional objects can be introduced at any stage, even from very young but it is important to always consider SID and safe sleeping guidelines. They can be almost anything but most often take the form of soft toys or blankies.
As for my personal experience with comforters - my daughter's first love was her dummy. She has had it from the very start and loved it with an insane intensity from day one. Her second love was 'Fawny' and third love is her teddy. These tools have all had different moments in the spotlight for her but there is no doubt that they were incredibly comforting for her during her transition to 2 days a week childcare at three years old after being with me every day prior to that. My son, on the other hand, had never really 'loved' anything (except for his mummy) or made a close bond with any inanimate object. But as we were preparing to have him start childcare we made the conscious decision to introduce something that I hope will help him during this period. It was not an instant bond but within a few days he took to using 'Foxy' and with his dummy securely attached to it he then went on to forge an incredibly strong and secure bond that took him through childcare, kinder and even prep at school.
TIPS FOR INTRODUCING A COMFORTER / LOVEY / BLANKIE
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My daughter had many objects of desire so her choices for a transitional object came naturally and easily for her. For my son however it has been a deliberate decision to encourage him to bond and therefore needed some tips up our sleeve to make it stick.
1. Wear the comforter down your top for as long as you can stand. Not 30 minutes, hours... Take it to gym, walk the dog, really get your smell all over it. Babies have an amazing sense of smell and even just doing this can bring a sense of comfort to babes when they need it.
2. Attach a dummy/pacifier to it. If your baby likes their dummy then attach one to the comforter. Riff & Raff have a special tag for this purpose but if using something else you can just use a regular dummy clip. This will immediately increase the amount of contact your little one is having with the comforter and also reduce the number of lost dummies - win / win!
3. Give it personality and use it regular nap and bedtime routines. Play peek a boo with it, sing songs to it and make it fun. But also incorporate it into nap and bed time routines by wishing it goodnight, snuggles and if a Riff Raff & Co toy turning on the lullaby. Persistence is the key. If you are choosing to use a Riff Raff sleep toy as your chosen comforter you can see more about our suggested introduction tips here.
4. Once a comforter sticks - buy more than one or make sure it is easily available. It will get lost and it will get dirty. A unique find at Savers might look great but it could prove quite fear inducing if it goes missing at the Zoo. Having two of them can reduce stress and negotiations when it comes to washing and drying of the toy.
IMPORTANT: FOR THE INTRODUCTION FOR BABES UNDER 7 MONTHS:
It is really important that SIDS safe sleeping guidelines are followed and no soft toys should in the cot for your baby. Our cuties have been designed with a strap which can be used to secure the toy to either the inside or the outside of the cot to prevent little ones from pulling the toy over their face. We recommend that this strap is always used with babies under the age of 7 months old unless being directly supervised. The recommendation in the USA is 12 months of age. The benefits from their comforter will not be diminished as babies under the age of 7 months will gain a lot of benefit from the audial and visual comfort when not able to feel the comforter. xx
I bought my son Raffy the fawn just because he doesn’t really have any other “comfort items” yet. I thought it would take him a little to figure it out, as he is only 4 months old, but the moment I handed it to him he wrapped his little hands around Raffy and the rest was history. So happy with this new addition! Will absolutely recommend to other moms! Thank you!
I'm so glad I have bought this for my little boy. He goes to sleep every night good as gold the lullaby is perfect and last for the perfect about of time and the feel of it is so soft hes always got his hand on it or near it feeling it. Perfect sleep buddy so thank you.
We already had a Clover for childcare (and a Riff for bed time) but little miss decided she wanted her all the time, so now we have another Clover to love and hang out with.
Recently I just had a baby so I bought one when he was only a few days old. Let’s just say that my eldest son (16 months) fell in love with it instantly! He loved it that much that I bought a second one. Every night at bedtime it gets turned on and within minutes of cuddling it, my son (and his dad!) are asleep!
We tried other white noise comforters and these were never a hit! Thank you so much for our boys riff raff’s, They’re amazing!
From day we received it my little man has loved it! 3 months old and teething. It has helped a lot when he is restless and over tired or even when he’s not well at all! I have told all mums and bubs group about these products 💜💜😍 thankyou
My daughter absolutely loves her riff raff they are inseparable. She use to take awhile to fall asleep, since having her riff raff she is so settled and calm and falls asleep so quickly!
Thankyou riff raff and co! ❤️
Since the day clover bunny’s arrived my daughter has slept with them...from the very first nap until now and I can honestly say she almost instantly relaxes and gets drowsy when I play the lullaby. Best purchase for my new baby girl for sure!!
Hudson was a good sleeper at home but not so much at daycare or when we are out and about, but since meeting his new pal Raccy he is sleeping EVERYWHERE! No more overtiredness in our household!
We have had clover for 2 weeks now and i find that my babygirl falls asleep easier, she is also calmer when we go for walks with clover right by her side with the soothing music and softness of the material.
So worth the investment!
We absolutely love our bandit, he is our best friend! Thank you riff raff and co!
I purchased this for my son based on the reviews, he is so calm ans settled with it. He knows it's sleep time when he hears bandit and it also settles him in the car. Bandit is so soft and my son loves to cuddle him.
The customer care team is also amazing. Keep up the great world guys! Love it.
Thank you x 100!
Been using religiously at every nap time for the past 2 weeks and can notice she settles much faster with the lullaby playing. Great that it's portable and we use easily in the car and pram when our and about.
Have had Kiko since bubs was 6mths now 8.5mths. It did take a while but when she hears the lullaby tune she calms down and knows its time for nap or sleep.
We use the lullaby getting ready for bed then the whitenoise to sleep.
She has since learnt to link her sleep cycles from 30mins to 1hr. But we are still co-sleeping and feeding to sleep. This will be our next step.
Kiko is definately become her comforter and we love it. Only wish the batteries would last longer. We use it so much.
I was told from a friend that I needed to purchase a riff raff from day one. I wasn’t convinced and didn’t listen as my baby only ever fell asleep in my arms being rocked to sleep and was a terrible sleeper. When Jimmy was 8 months old I took the plunge, I was getting no sleep what so ever.
It was the best thing I had ever brought... A week after introducing Bandit, Jimmy was self settling and only waking once during the night. Two months down the track and Jimmy is the best sleeper, doesn’t wake during the night and has two decent day sleeps.
Riff Raff and co saved my sanity, my only regret is not purchasing one sooner.
My future babies will all have one from day one and I will be buying them as gifts when my friends have babies ‘the gift of sleep’
Thank you Thank you Thank you.
My daughter absolutely love her Riff Raff. The white noise make her to feel calm so she’s just going to bed straight away
Best sleep aid ever! We received our first Riffy as a gift when my son was born and after starting daycare at the start of the year we had to get a second for daycare. Even the staff comment on how much better he settles with his Riffy. Highly recommended!
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