Buying duplicates of favorite plush animal

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

FROM EXPERIENCE…BUY THE DUPLICATE! 🙂  If you don’t use them, you have automatic shower gifts!

Post # 32
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Your little one is still pretty much a baby, I’m on your side.  I wouldn’t do it for an older child but a little one who is barely 1? sure!

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

I see no problem buying a duplicate but I probably would have only bought one instead of 3.  My sister bought a duplicate of my niece’s favorite stuffed animal when they couldn’t find it one day (fortunately she was still able to find it) and then they found the original, so now she has 2.  I don’t think your daughter is going to be emotionally scared because you don’t let her learn of loss at the ripe old age of 15 months.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

People who are saying that your BABY needs to learn about loss are out of their minds. I have a 15 month old who is obsessed with his lovey. We have 3 that we rotate; my husband thinks we should have like a 1,000 more and I’m not one to disagree. The first time one of them gets lost or maimed your husband will likely fully understand. You’re being smart & proactive, especially if it’s being discontinued!  

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I don’t see anything wrong with it. You could’ve bought other toys, or really any other random crap, for $15.

I am constantly having to buy more duplicates of Sophie the Giraffe…If I found out Sophie was being discontinued (not likely given their popularity), I’d probably buy a few of them too to hold in my back pocket.

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Nay1976 :  This is what I was thinking- at worst with duplicates, you have a few on-hand baby shower gifts. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

camenae :  Not to threadjack, but why are Sophies so dang expensive?  My sister asked me to buy my niece one for a gift and I was like, is that all she wants…until I saw the price.  Now my niece has 4 of them.  Yikes!

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper

I understand your POV 100%. I did this with my child’s blankets so she’d always have one when the other was dirty. But that’s me.

And I also have mulitples of clothes I love wearing.

As for the sense of loss, she’ll experience it, no need to start right when her favorite elephant breaks

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

redmango :  “Not to threadjack, but why are Sophies so dang expensive?”

Because we suckers still buy it…. *hangs head in resignation and shame* 😩

My 9-month-old does love her though and has not taken to any other teething toy the way he has to Sophie. I have accepted my fate. 

Post # 40
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My 2 year old doesn’t really have a lovey, but if she did I would totally buy backups. No shame.

Heck I’ve bought duplicates of pants, shoes, purses I love…what’s the diff?

Post # 41
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Blushing bee

My husband’s parents bought him a duplicate of his favorite stuffed animal when he was a kid in case anything happened to it. They still have both, and they are not recognizably the same stuffed animal at all – one is ‘well loved’ to put it nicely, and the other is pristine. Just putting it out there that your daughter might know that you’ve replaced the stuffed animal should anything happen, and that might be even stranger than dealing with the loss of the toy.

ETA: PP mentioned rotating them. That would negate my comment above – as long as they’re equally worn Dear Daughter won’t know the difference 🙂

Post # 42
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Helper bee

From our own experience, I say buy a duplicate or two if you feel like it is appropriate for your situation. Our LO has had several “lovies” and I have bought at least one multiple of each one along the way. The latest was a wooden Melissa & Doug firetruck that comes in a set. I had to buy a whole new set just to replace the lost one, but I did it and told him that his lost firetruck was getting serviced with brand new paint and when Amazon delivered it, he immediately took to it and was very grateful. I can see how kids should learn about the loss of certain things – we have gone through the ceremony of tossing his binky, graduating to the “big boy tub”, and to a “big boy bed”. But if they are attached to something where they can’t sleep without it or love to take it everywhere they go, why deprive them of that? Personally I think it is smart to have a back up or two.

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