Lovies We Still Love: Parents' Lovies from Childhood
The beloved teddy bear has been cherished for over a century and is often a top gift to be give a newborn. I remember how important it was for us to give my daughter her first teddy bear and now it's one of her favorites to cling to. From a young age children turn to blankets or a favorite stuffed animal or doll for comfort. It helps them to sleep, provide comfort when they feel sad, and are filled with memories to keep them safe. It's no wonder that as they grow, they hold on to a few cherished items and as parents find themselves sharing their childhood gems with their own children. Here are some lovies parents have held on to, including a few of my own, in order to pass on the legacy to their kids. Check out these teddy bears and blankets and baby dolls, oh my!
Parents' Lovies From Childhood
Click through to check out treasured lovies from parents and their kiddos cherishing them once again.
Photo Credit: mine
Winnie The Pooh And The Babies
Center is my first baby doll. I don’t recall a name I ever gave her, but she’s Fisher Price circa 1980. We call her ODB, also know as Old Dirty Baby, because her years of use are still present. My baby cabbage patch doll was a big favorite of mine. She has paint on her head from where I held her tight against the wall as I slept. And Winnie The Pooh replaced my cabbage patch doll as I grew older. I even took him to college with me and snuggled him when I missed home.
Photo Credit: Amanda P.
Cindy The Stuffed Mouse
This is my son Julian (3 months) with Cindy, a stuffed mouse, who was my favorite toy growing up. -Amanda P. mom of one from Syracuse, NY.
Photo Credit: Gretchen
This summer we cleaned out my parent’s storage and discovered my Minnie Mouse from my first trip to Disneyland back in 1988. My three year old begged to bring her home and she’s been in the regular rotation of favorites ever since! -Gretchen, mom of two from Washington State.
Photo Credit: Suzzane
That’s my “favorite blankie,” made by my grandmother and given to me at birth. Now my daughter Caroline sleeps with it. -Suzzane, mom of two from Connecticut.
Photo Credit: Sara B.
Salvatorie The Bear
The bear is Salvatorie Gia Pappa. I’ve had him since I was 6. I love that the bear is just as long as she is! 23 inches! -Sara B., mom of one from Oak Harbor, WA.
Photo Credit: Katherine R.
One Baby Feeding Another
This is my baby feeding my first baby doll, Tommy. A rare sweet moment from our little hurricane Reese. -Katherine R., mom of two from Eugene, OR.
Photo Credit: Julie D.
Cabbage Patch And The Dudes
Left to right is my stuffed lamb named Llangolen from my first trip overseas (when I was about 14), hand-made soft-faced cabbage patch doll named Sarah (after one of my best friends at the time), and Theodore Edward Bear (Ted E., for short) that I think my daddy bought me when I was maybe 7. -Julie D. mom of three from Ft. Worth, TX.
Photo Credit: Andrea J.
My ‘first love’ was a stuffed rat but I loved him to death and moved on to Sparky. This poor dog has lost his tongue, had numerous parts sewn back on and the black of his eyes colored on with Sharpie dozens of times. -Andrea J., mom of one.
Photo Credit: Lea
Midnight With Moonlight
When I was 5, my dad went to Paris for an artist gathering. When he came home he gave me this stuffed panther that I instantly fell in love with. I called him midnight with moonlight because of the small patch of white on his chin. He has been with me they the good and the bad, the numerous relationships and apartments of my 20′s and he actually came on my honeymoon.Then we had Ri and gave hem midnight. He loved him. When he started to talk- midnight got a new name “Catty,” a combo of Kitty and Cat. Some nights when I check on Ri at night, I see him hugging catty and my heart smiles. -Lea C., mom of 2 from Northern MA.
Photo Credit: Jess E.
Two Generations Of Lovies
I’ve had that little brown bear since I was a toddler. I’m pretty sure it was a Valentine’s Day gift because my parents always did something special for me every year. That cat belonged to my mom. She had it when she was a little girl and when Ava came, she washed it up and cleaned. It’s been very well worn and she painted the face on with puffy paint since the button eyes and nose are long gone. I wish I could ask her more about it and knew when she got it and why she saved it all these years. -Jess E., mom of two from Austin, TX
Photo Credit: Jess E.
Homemade Sock Monkey And Bear
The sock monkey was mine probably when I was born. I’m pretty sure someone made it for me because my brother has a similar handmade one with a different color ribbon. I knew it was one of the few stuffed animals I wanted to save after all these years. The Cupid bear was a gift from my parents that was delivered to me along with some balloons during my junior year. I always felt loved! I slept with that bear for years. It’s been washed up and is out of the reach of the girls. For now. -Jess E., mom of two from Austin, TX.
Photo Credit: Lauren L.
This is N with my old Cabbage Patch baby (from 1984, I think). She renamed it Charlie Brown and refuses to change her out of this purple rainbow suit. The purple suit was a Christmas present when I was little. -Lauren L., mom of one.
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