When Gavin was little, we tried unsuccessfully to get him to pick up a lovey. Finally we gave up and thought no more about it.
For his three year old birthday, my SIL decided to buy him the “Thomas Saves the Day” Play-a-Sound book with plush toy.
Suddenly, Gavin’s carrying around the Thomas plush toy with him everywhere – well, almost everywhere. I’m sure he’d take it out with him but we’ve tried to discourage that since we only have the one toy and if it’s lost, it’s gone forever. Additionally, he’s been taking Thomas to sleep every night so we don’t really want him to take a grubby Thomas covered with the remnants of meat sauce to bed. This morning, Gavin left Thomas on the bed while he went to get some water. Before he left, he said, “Don’t be scared Thomas, I’ll be right back.”
I’ve read somewhere that loveys are a transition step for young children learning to develop their own independence and learning to separate from their parents. Perhaps Gavin is making the transition to greater independence with Thomas?