We're trying to persuade DD to settle herself during the night and it was suggested that it might help to get her to adopt a favourite soft toy. In particular, a nanny we know recommended a soft jellycat bunny. It's lovely and soft but fairly large (about 30 cms tall) and I'm a bit worried about whether it might be a suffocation risk. Also, like lots of cuddly toys, it has bead eyes. I don't know whether I'm being ridiculous in worrying that DD might chew them off in the future and that they might be a choking hazard? Possibly I'm being paranoid and pfb. Please could I ask whether you have used larger soft toys in the cot with your DC and whether you would consider the beady eyes to be dangerous?
We have used a jellycat bunny for bf and sleeping since dd was about 7 months. I was quite worried about safety so I did some googling - some sites suggested that you should wait until 12 months while others said ok from 6 months. IIRC For the first few weeks we removed it once she was settled. We never used cot bumpers so that lessened the chances of her any problems.
This is the one we have, no beady eyes and nice and lightweight, easy to hold by ears or leg etc. Also is machine washable as gets very grubby eventually. Have just bought bunny #2 in case #1 goes missing!
My DD has the large jellycat bunny - she adores it. We swapped it for the boob when we sleep trained her at 10 months and it's been a godsend - especially when she started at a childminder.
She hasn't plucked it's eyes out yet but she does like to nibble on it's fur. The other night she had a nosebleed in her sleep and there were scenes reminiscent of Watership Down but I'm pleased to report it washes and dries well. Go for it I say