What are transition objects and why do you need them?

When we think of transitional objects, the definition of this term is a chosen possession that offers a feeling of comfort and security to a young child. We never have any choice over what item this will be and therefore provide our little ones with a variety of beautiful items they might want to bond in this way with. Most likely it will be a soft toy, teddy or blanket. This will also most likely be taken everywhere with them and cause upset if it is to go missing. It provides our children with reassurance especially if they, later on, are feeling uncertain about leaving you to go to school, moving into a new room or any changes that feel big to them. A transition object provides your little one comfort, being always by their side and acting as a type of emotional support. 

‘Millions of adults all over the world will save childhood security blankets, dolls, or toys. It’s incredibly common! In fact, about 25% of women bring a transitional object from childhood to college with them.’





Sometimes children will choose this object as young as four to six months old or as late as two to three years old. You are your child’s ultimate safe place, being close to you or touching you brings them the most amount of comfort. When they naturally choose a transition object, they show independence, that they can feel safe when you’re not around (even if you’re just in the next room!) Although this is most likely to happen on their own, if you feel as though you want to foster this relationship between them and something to comfort them, it can be introduced by placing an object near them when you believe they might feel anxious. The biggest advice about transitional objects is to never resort to using them as punishment. The connection between your child and this item is very special and an extension of how they feel when they’re with you. By removing the object as a way of telling them they’ve done something wrong, they don’t have that something they rely on to feel safe when you’re not around.

‘The term transitional object was coined in 1951 by Donald Winnicott as a designation for any material object (typically something soft—a piece of cloth, say, or part of a plush toy) to which an infant attributes a special value and by means of which the child is able to make the necessary shift from the earliest oral relationship with the mother to genuine object-relationships.’


Sometimes transitional objects have been seen as ‘emotional crutches’, ‘a weakness’ or ‘an insecurity’, but this is being misread. It’s perfectly normal and healthy for a child to have one as much as it is for a child not to have one! It’s likely that if you think back to your childhood you either can definitely pinpoint your favourite plush toy, or you can see that there was something you favoured over other things that you took to many places. These items of course won’t be with them forever, or if they do survive all of the adventures and tears, your child will grow and not need to rely on it in the same way. These transition objects in the early stages of development help children to express themselves, connect with others and ultimately develop emotional strength. 


wigiwama koala cushion

Comfort at home

When considering soft objects that make great comforting items we can’t not immediately put forward The Koala Cushion. The soft colour feels so warm and calm. The little embroidered smile appears consoling and that added glitter stitching makes it so unique. The fabric is a soft texture that can easily be snuggled up to and the biggest bonus of it all is if something ever happened or you just happened to place it in the wash with something not as friendly, you can always get a backup!


child on holiday with lion backpack

Comfort out and about

The Lion Backpack is made out of a similar material to the cushions and this colour doesn’t get any happier! The brightness encourages exploring and adventures whilst remaining to have the comforting feeling. The embroidered face once again provides familiarity and this great tool can be taken to schools and other places allowing them to take their comfort wherever they may go. 


velvet beanbag and velvet cushion


Making safe spaces 

As our little ones begin to develop their emotional understanding and move away from their transitional objects, we can make things easier for them by inviting them to make their own spaces that they feel comfortable in. On a smaller scale, this can be something like one of the Wigiwama Teepees where within a larger space they have their own little space where they can take everything they need to be comfortable. In a bigger picture, this can simply be as easy as making their rooms as inviting, warm, safe and comfortable as possible. To bring this friendly kind of warmth to a room we love the velvet texture in a variety of colours. Specifically, we love the neutral Beige Bunny Beanbag to safely sink into with a Velvet Grey Playmat to keep toes cosy!

Transitional objects are a key part of growing up. When we are unavailable to support our little ones in an emotional way, these objects help them feel better. They come in all shapes and sizes and many a misfortune with having multiples of these can be heard from many parents across the internet! It’s completely natural, it’s a sign of their independence and their tenacity to explore the world whilst feeling confident in themselves. We’re obsessed with soft textures that make us all feel in a comfy and cosy environment and there are many ways to implement this into everyday life.