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Does your child have a weird comfort object?

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RubyrooUK Sun 11-Nov-12 11:19:12

My DS, who is nearly 2.3, has a comfort object. It is a carrot. It is currently a very bashed up, slightly moulding carrot. If you are asked to hold the carrot, this is like being given a knighthood and you should not underestimate the privilege.

Before the carrot, he had a comfort object which was a London Underground Oyster card. On days when he felt really tired, he also had to carry around a Nectar card and Costa Coffee card for safety.

He has never liked cuddly toys or blankets. I see lots of children carrying around these comfort items but few children having a nervous breakdown because they left their carrot at the park and life can't continue as a result.

Any other kids with odd comfort objects?

5madthings Sun 11-Nov-12 11:24:00

Noty children but a friends child had a packet of ham!!! Took it to bed etc!!" i dont know if it was 'naice' ham tho grin

KentuckyFriedChildren Sun 11-Nov-12 11:51:26

My ds has always had something or other that he must keep in his pocket and finger when he's upset/tired. It is currently a tampon holder that we found when clearing my parents house. One of those plastic box things that open at one end for discreetly keeping tampons in your handbag. It says tampax on the side and is bright pink. He is 5. My dd absolutely must take a handbag everywhere with a j-cloth in it. She likes to fold and refold the cloth repeatedly and has done so since she was about 16 months. She is 4 next month.

Pancakeflipper Sun 11-Nov-12 11:56:13

DS1 goes to bed every night with a smelly sponge. It's in the shape of a car. He is 7 and had it for 5yrs.

If he cannot find it at bedtime then there's no sleep till smelly sponge is found.

The positive side to this is that it is easy to wash.

RubyrooUK Sun 11-Nov-12 12:13:31

grin at these. Especially the tampon holder. Must remember to tidy the bathroom before DS takes a tampon holder into nursery. They are laughing enough about the carrot.

KentuckyFriedChildren Sun 11-Nov-12 12:21:45

Yes his teacher did laugh when I explained his quirks but she is very understanding and leaves him to it. No doubt he'll find something equally unsuitable to fall in love with soon. We've had some interesting ones. Like the piece of dry spaghetti. I had to keep replacing it as it would break in his bed. It can be endearing but believe me having your alarm go off at 5am so you can go and rescue broken pasta from the clutches of a sleeping 3 year old is not all that funny at the time. Bless him the little oddball that he is smile

TheBlackPanther Sun 11-Nov-12 21:06:25

My son has taken many strange things to bed with him. one of the strangest was a step stool lol!
Crazy thought but could you perhaps look to buy a cuddly carrot? amazon have them

RubyrooUK Sun 11-Nov-12 21:16:31

Hahahahaha. Sorry, the dried spaghetti has set me off laughing again. grin

Today DS said to me with utter seriousness: "Mummy, you may hold my carrot thank you" as he wanted access to a croissant. I tried really hard not to be too obvious about my laughter.

hackneyzoo Sun 11-Nov-12 21:22:28

DD1 carried a new potatoes around with her for a few months (I had to replace it intermittently). She used to take it to the park and push it on the swings. It slept under her pillow. This was when she was 2 and a half, she is nearly six and no longer feels the need for a pet potato.

RubyrooUK Sun 11-Nov-12 21:25:51

DS hasn't pushed the carrot on a swing yet. He mainly hides the carrot places. This is alright except in public sometimes when all people see is a small boy poking his mum repeatedly up the arse with a carrot (to hide it in my pocket).

There is just no explaining. blush

sausagesandwich34 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:29:29

my niece used to have a thing for M&S knickers for about 4 years

she would put her arm through the leg holes and fiddle with the lable until she went to sleep

they had to be M&S too

bitsofmeworkjustfine Sun 11-Nov-12 21:31:09

i used to have a nut on a peice of string. ( like a nut and bolt)
apparently my dad used it as a plumbline doing diy and i took a shine to it. I used to take it for walks like a dog... apparently!

I also had a ceramic cat on a three legged stool that i used to take everywhere. Mum gave it to me , and there isnt a spark of recognition. I dont think i've ever seen it before let alone it being my prized possession!

EBDTeacher Sun 11-Nov-12 21:35:55

I am really laughing at this grin . I thought I had problems with ALWAYS having to be vigilant about 'small Thomas'' whereabouts (not big Thomas, wood Thomas or dirty Thomas you understand).

My nephew has 'clothy', a bog standard dishcloth he has carried for 4 years which in now a tiny cluster of filthy threads. My sister has clothy's brother (a dishcloth out of the same packet) in reserve for clothy's inevitable demise. grin

poppy283 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:41:13

Dd likes to carry conkers, specific pieces of Lego, and her happyland lady ... but that's extremely tame compared these!

RubyrooUK Sun 11-Nov-12 21:41:55

You mean DS might one day want to take my M&S pants to bed? I'm not sure I can take his after all the public carrot bum poking. And I thought I got the loss of dignity over with during his birth....

Okay, I know there's only 13 posts, but can this please go in classics? I am crying with laughter.

poppy283 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:51:38

Me too ATruth, classic in the making.

RubyrooUK Sun 11-Nov-12 21:55:33

I think we need a few more people to join in with weird comfort items before this thread could become classic. Although carrots, potatoes, pants, dried spaghetti, stools (not human, I hope) and tampon holders are all pretty classic in their own way.....grin

Goonatic Sun 11-Nov-12 21:57:44

Dd1 once somehow managed to find a hairbrush and a gap cap, from her cot, and put the cap n while holding the hair brush and fall asleep.
Dd2 has a normal comforter bunny thing but after bunny #1we bought a replacement from china, then another, then another, then thank god someone had four of the same on eBay so we bought the lot. From the original 1, we havenow bought 8 at a cost of about £50 shock hmm

NotGoodNotBad Sun 11-Nov-12 22:03:35

Oh my, you people, your kids are loons! grin

puffylovett Sun 11-Nov-12 22:09:26

Definitely a classics contender! Am crying with laughter!

Ds2 has a range of comforters, the most common is a small McDonald's pussy cat from when puss in boots was released. It has on many occasions however, been swapped for a small bike lock and the end of daddy's paintball gun hmm

Goonatic Sun 11-Nov-12 22:11:13

My dd1 also has a teddy with a scarf round it's neck, attached to which she has one of all the rest of our socks. (I totally can't work out if that makes sense of not) as they fall to bits she comes and gets another sock.

Goldenbear Mon 12-Nov-12 00:40:10

My DS used to take a CD to bed with him from about 22 months it was from a music group we used to attend.

PPL Mon 12-Nov-12 17:28:22

Every morning my DS has a banana. He eats 3 mouthfuls then holds onto the renaming banana in its skin for the rest of the day. I have to prize it out of his hands near bedtime and distract him with In the Night Garden - and he cries and cries...

RubyrooUK Tue 13-Nov-12 08:43:09

Still laughing at these. Just dropped son off to nursery with blackened, moulding carrot in hand. DS left the carrot in his nursery bag last night and said "carrot" in a whiny way about 50 times on the way there. He had to have a substitute carrot last night.....blush

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