I started putting a Fisher Price Soothe and Glow seahorse in DD#1's bed around 6 months and it became her tride and true lovey. It is such a comfort to her and for some reason, she loves the feel of the softness on the fins. We actually have 4 of them (one at DCP's house, one at the grandparent's and 2 at home).
DD#1 has started "sharing" her lovey with DD#2 sometimes and DD#2 can grab onto the fins and hold it. So, I'm thinking I can start introducing a potential lovey with DD#2 soon since she can now hold onto things.
I would try to use the seahorse as a lovey for DD#2 but I'm afraid it would cause arguments down the road because eventually we will try to wean DD#1 from her lovey because she always sucks her thumb while holding it and I want to try to wean her from the thumbsucking by around age 4 (per dentist). So, I wouldn't want DD#2 to have that same lovey when we are weaning DD#1.
So, after all of that background, I want new lovey ideas that I can introduce for DD#2. Here are my ideal requirements:
1. Cost less than $15 so we can get buy multiples of it (I don't want some obscure $50 lovey or homemade blanket that cannot be duplicated).
2. Be a small/medium stuffed animal and not a blanket. We have a dog and when DD drags blankets on the floor they get covered with doghair.
3. Not have a battery operated mechanism in it or at least have the ability to remove it (we took out the music thing in DD#1's seahorse)
Does anyone have any ideas of things I could try?
Also, I know that the lovey I choose my not "take" but I just want to start DD#2 off with something to see if it takes because the lovey has helped DD#1 tremendously with self-soothing.
On a side note, my SIL used the same lovey for all of her kids and it wasn't an issue until #6 came along. She would put baby #6 in the crib at night with the lovey and between 2am and 5am every night, toddler #5 would sneak into the bedroom, steal the lovey out of the crib and go back to his room. Baby #6 would then start crying. Anyway, I just think it's kind of funny (but also something that I want to avoid).