Learning to self-soothe is an important skill for babies, and many times that self-soothing requires assistance from a stuffed animal, doll or blanket. The comfort a baby gets from a "lovey" can be a great help to a haggard mom — that is, until you can't find it.
Few moments of parenting panic are as memorable as the first time you realize that you left precious Fuzzy Bunny at Grandma's. Or is it behind the couch? Or maybe at the playground? WHO KNOWS? But nobody's getting any peace until you find it.