A stuffed animals or soft stuffed toy is very often one of the very first gifts given to a child. Stuffed teddy bears and stuffed lambs are traditional gifts to celebrate the birth of a baby. The value of a stuffed animal is often underestimated.
Stuffed animals are very soothing to both child and adult. Children will often feel more secure when clutching their favorite stuffed animal as they fall asleep.
For the child who is ill or experiencing emotional stress a stuffed animal is of great value. Stuffed plush animals are very reassuring for a child and can also be used in various ways to help a child through a rough time. Stuffed animals will also have special meaning for the child who is separated from a parent or grandparent.
Stuffed animals can be very lifelike. Many people who have a favorite animal will collect lifelike stuffed animals.