When I first saw one of those half blanket- half bear things, I was a little bit confused. Who would want a toy that seems like it's a stuffed animal at first glance, but then come to find out they forgot to stuff it with anything? It's like the baby toy version of a minotaur. Nobody likes minotaurs; they're creepy- just choose if you're going to be a horse or a man!
So when I received 5 or 6 of these bear blankies at my baby shower, I politely smiled and cheered and then threw them to the bottom of the stuffed animal basket. Well, boy was I way off about those things! Banky Bear, as we like to call him, is now Niall's BFF.
And really, who could blame him? This flat bear-headed blanket is the best friend he's ever gonna have. He can walk all over him, take out all of his anger on him, squeeze his head and bang it against the wall just for fun... and yet Banky Bear sticks with Niall til the end. Plus, he fits so easily into mommy's diaper bag ;)
Niall has now taken to going everywhere with Banky Bear, even if it involves tying up his free hand. He just crawls around as if Banky Bear weren't even under there, being dragged across the floor. He even claps with banky bear wedged between his hands- what a multitasker. I just hope they don't ever have a falling out- real friendships take work!