Transitional Items

Transitional objects are a child’s way of holding onto their relationship with their primary carer/parent and being able to comfort themselves when their primary carer isn’t around.  It is hoped that your child will have a transitional object which will aid their move to you and bring them comfort.

As their attachment to you grows, they will need another transitional object which is associated with you.  If they don’t have a transitional object then help them find one.  Something which evokes the sensory memory of you, a song that you and your child sing together, a hanky with your perfume on it, a small soft toy that you have carried in your pocket so it smells of you.

Transitional objects help your child build the capacity to self soothe and alleviate anxiety and it’s really important that they have one that links them back to the comfort of you.