8 of the strangest snuggle toys

Good old-fashioned soft teddy? No, that just won't do as a bedfellow for these toddlers...

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When we spotted the story of a little girl who takes a giant, scary-looking garden-ornament owl with her everywhere she goes – including to bed – it got us wondering what other freakish and unusual snuggle toys little ones get attached to.

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So, we asked mums on the MadeForMums Facebook page if their child has a snuggle toy that’s a bit on the unusual side. Turns out quite a lot of them did! Here are just a few examples…

1. Another scary-looking garden owl

Believe it or not, Sarah Jane C’s daughter has a lot in common with the girl who became a social-media sensation for taking her terrifying lawn owl everywhere with her: she has a snuggle toy of similar garden-ornament-owl proportions.

Sarah Jane C told us on Facebook: “Snap! My owl-obsessed daughter started off with cuddly ‘Big Owl’ who was soon joined by Tiny Owl, Tiny Baby Owl, Cosy Owl (one of those microwaveable toys).

“This fine fellow [pictured below] is Boss Owl! I also made her a wee felt finger puppet owl and she named it Flat Owl.”

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2. A toupé (yes, really)

Perhaps one of the strangest things on our list, but, yup, one of our mums tell us her little one sleeps with a hairpiece. 

Al N said: “My one-year-old is hair obsessed, so he slept with a toupé for a few months.”

Bizarre!

3. A sleeping bag

As well as sleeping IN a sleeping bag, it seems some toddlers like to use them as snuggly toys, too, according to mum Angela H who says, “My boy uses one of his Gro bags as a comforter.” Fair enough!

4. A glove

“For months, my little one would only sleep with a single purple fleecy glove that she called her baby,” says Tanya B.

“She even used to push it around in a pram and tuck it up in bed, then at night she’d snuggle with it.”

Whatever makes ’em happy, eh..?

5. A dinosaur

“My daughter used to cuddle up to a large Tyrannosaurus Rex, complete with big fabric fangs,” Andrea J tells us. “She loved her dinosaur!”

Yep, a terrifying human-eating huge giant monster reptile’s just what you want to snuggle with of an evening…

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6. Real hair

The toupé mentioned earlier is one thing but what if your toddler only wants to snuggle with real hair – that’s actually on your head – every night?

Rebecca M says, “My youngest would only sleep with MY hair. Nightmare!” We can totally imagine.

7. TWO (not one) Jellycat monkies

Far from being content with just one cuddle toy, mum Donna C tells us her little boy sleeps with TWO monkies every night but this actually means having quite a few of the things on rotation.

“My little one has 4 Jellycat monkeys,” Donna C explains. “Two get used while 2 are in the wash. Here he is [in the pic below], very confused as to why 2 of his monkeys are hanging on the line.” Oooh yes,  we can just about see the “spares” on the line behind his head!

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8. ANYTHING freaky

It really does appear that lots of toddlers don’t actually want to be comforted at night; rather, they quite like the idea of a being scared witless by a pair of glassy eyes staring back at them.

As Abbe G confirms when she describes what her toddler takes to bed: “If it’s not a scary doll with red eyes, it’s an animal that looks like it’s been stuffed by a taxidermist.”

Well, there you have it…

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