14 December 2011

Lost blankie, teddy bear, or other special lovey? This shop specializes in replacements.

As U Wish Shop: Specializing in replacement loveys

via asuwishshop.ecrater.com

There is so much to love about this story...must share it with you IMMEDIATELY.

Longtime Parenthacker Caron posted this emergency announcement on the Parent Hacks Facebook page:

Asking the smartest group of parents I know... How can I find a newer, less tattered version of my seven year-old's beloved "blankie with the stars?" I've been scouring the Internet, Ebay, posted a few times to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and posted to Craigslist three times. No luck so far. I would love any advice or leads. (There has to be another one out there somewhere!)

(I absolutely love that she thought to come here for help. Also, the heroism of her search! Anyone who's ever experienced the effect of a lost blankie or teddy bear will identify.)

I was about to sound a major social media alarm: ATTENTION, INTERNET! REPLACEMENT LOVEY NEEDED. SEND IMMEDIATE HELP. But then I saw this followup comment:

UPDATE!! Brand new Blankie with the Stars FOUND!! I posted to the wanted section on Ebay and some anonymous person pointed me to a website that was selling one. Apparently they specialize in selling lost loveys!

After I quieted my mental cheering squad (YAY! LOVEY FOUND!) I checked out the shop. Sure enough, As U Wish Shop is devoted to stocking new and gently-used replacements for blankets, toys, dolls and bedding.

So, not only did Caron find a replacement blankie for her son, she will likely help other parents who find themselves on the same desperate quest.

How wonderful is this? Thank you, Caron, for the whole thing...the asking for help, the sharing of the solution, and for all of your hacks and comments over the years. I'm so glad you're here.

I'm so glad we're all here.

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This is great! It just occurred to me that I should go look at the tag on my daughter's lovey. I know it's Carter's and it was the Target brand, but wouldn't know which line. If I ever needed this site, it would be helpful. (Although we have 2 loveys.)

On the Lovey subject...my son has yet to form a stong attachment to one item...other than the dreaded pacifier! This site is a great find though, thanks for sharing!

That's AMAZING! Thanks for the heads up!

A blessing and a curse that my 6 yos lovey was my hair. Blessing in that I never had to worry about leaving it behind. Curse b/c I didn't walk with my head straight for at least 6 months! Brilliant idea for a site though!

@Tracy: I would be surprised if this wasn't on Parenthacks yet, but in case it's not, our friends took their 2 year old to build-a-bear with his beloved pacifiers and they put them inside a bear for safe keeping. Teeth saved, lovey/security preserved!

I am ever so thankful for parenthacks! I couldnt think of a better pool of experts to ask for help in my deperate blankie search! W00t!

Caron: That pacifier/Build-A-Bear idea is truly amazing. I hope I can get a picture of that bear...I will certainly write it up as a hack. Such a thoughtful way to help kids through that transition!

At what age do I tell my boys (now 7 & 10!!) that there are duplicates of their loveys and that they've been sleeping with them at alternating times all their lives? I bought a 2nd as soon as they got stuck on one particular item and wanted it to be used/worn as much as the original. (This was after the FedEx one day delivery of a forgotten lovey to grandma's) They've never noticed the difference since I do the swap when I put one in the laundry. I'm not sure I want them to have 2 at once and I don't want them to feel deceived either.

That build-a-bear idea really is fantastic. I wish I had thought of that! As for breaking the news of the duplicates, I'm not sure there's a need to break the news at this point. My son actually found out the hard way, when he was 2 and we had a brand new version of his stuffed elephant hidden in a closet. He threw up on it and had a bloody nose on it all in the same week (we dealt with the blood, cleaned it as best we could, the vomit was a deal breaker). So after the vomit, we gave him the new one and he knew something was up. We explained the situation and he dealt with it surprisingly well, mostly because he understood that the other elephant was "stinky." We've since kept both in heavy rotation, throwing them in the washing machine every so often. I'm amazed at how good they smell now given the amount of bodily fluids that have ended up on there over the last 5 years.

I want to know how much longer I can expect to have to keep track of these prized posessions! I have a nephew who's 10 and still has his lovey - doesn't sleep with it anymore but keeps it by his bed all the time.

@Jen- when will you let him have both loveys? Or will you?

And, I have my Teddy even now. He sits in my son's room but is too fragile for play. One of my biggest regrets was not taking him with me when I did my Jr. year of college abroad. I'd decided I had so little space to pack and that I was "old enough" to live w/o him. Big, BIG homesick mistake. (No internet for keeping in close touch back then) You might need to keep up with the prized possessions for a long time!

@My Kids Mom - Lol, I have a stuffed zebra that my grandma gave me when I was 4, and it's in my son's room. He was ready to throw it out with all the other stuffed animals he was ready to part with (he was ruthless with a few exceptions). I had to rescue it from the pile!

I don't think I'll let him have both elephants for quite some time. I guess I will wait until he is ready to give up sleeping with them (that's when most of the bodily fluid issues happen - bloody noses, bedwetting, etc). Once he realizes he doesn't need them to sleep and is willing to accept and understand the consequences of not having a backup, then I'll let him have both if he wants to. He hasn't expressed any desire to have both at one time. I think he prefers to think there's only one, even though he knows that to be false. He's 5.5, for perspective.

Great site! Once my daughter got attached to a lovey, I immediately went and bought 2 more! One for school and one extra.

the users on this site are awesome too - I've used them with success twice to find replacement loveys for both my kids. http://plushmemories.com/

cool! we thought about the need to find a replacement lovey (his favorite minky blanket), so we bought 4 off of amazon to last through the years. thank good it is something that is mass produced.

That build-a-bear idea really is fantastic. I wish I had thought of that! As for breaking the news of the duplicates, I'm not sure there's a need to break the news at this point. My son actually found out the hard way, when he was 2 and we had a brand new version of his stuffed elephant hidden in a closet. He threw up on it and had a bloody nose on it all in the same week (we dealt with the blood, cleaned it as best we could, the vomit was a deal breaker). So after the vomit, we gave him the new one and he knew something was up. We explained the situation and he dealt with it surprisingly well, mostly because he understood that the other elephant was "stinky." We've since kept both in heavy rotation, throwing them in the washing machine every so often. I'm amazed at how good they smell now given the amount of bodily fluids that have ended up on there over the last 5 years.

I want to know how much longer I can expect to have to keep track of these prized posessions! I have a nephew who's 10 and still has his lovey - doesn't sleep with it anymore but keeps it by his bed all the time.

Ever since launching www.DreamMeUp.com which creates personalized books starring a chld's very own lovey...I can't tell you how many stories we've heard about 1)the near tragic loss of a child's lovey or 2)the massive search and rescue plan executed to find a lost lovey or 3) the "we are so scared she may lose her lovey, we have 5 just like it in a closet" and my favorite...4) the child declaring the "stunt double" is an imposter! My girls had unusual lovies...our eldest walked around with a clump of toddler socks known and GOCKIES and our youngest still clings to FRINGY, a tattered knit granny square with fringes sewn on all 4 sides. DreamMeUp.com celebrates and animates the special bond between a child and her lovey...preserving a little piece of childhood!

If you are ever looking for a replacement lovey, check out our site at http://www.lostmylovey.com, where you can post a request to our membership for a replacement or backup of your item. Many of our parents have the item you're looking for, unused in their toybox, and would gladly send it to you free!

We also sell the LostMyLovey ID Tag, a safety ID for your child's best friend with your cellphone number and unique ID code. You'll never panic about losing lovey again!

http://www.lostmylovey.com/index.php/info/lostmylovey-id-tag/

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