The very famous nursery rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb, was originally written as a poem and published in 1830. You may be surprised to learn that the story is based on an actual event; Mary did in fact have a baby lamb which her brother encouraged her to take to school. There happened to be a visitor there that day who was so taken with the entire incident that the next day he came back and gave Mary a piece of paper which contained the three original stanzas of the poem.
While we all can’t be Mary and own lambs (or take them to school), we can have stuffed lambs as pets instead. Who can resist these adorable baby animals? Stuffed lambs are soft and cuddly, much like the real thing. While we tend to think of most plush toys as comforts for our children, lambs in particular fit that bill more than most. When our children are sick, or when they can’t fall asleep, we may reach for stuffed lambs to help comfort them (though a stuffed lamb toy is good anytime!). One look at a stuffed lambs face and your child will be soothed instantly.
The term lamb is not surprisingly, used as a term of endearment, particularly when referring to children; my little lamb, pet lamb, and precious lamb are some of the more common ones. Lambs signify purity and meekness, all traits we see in our children, especially the very young, thus the use of such a fond term as [‘lamb’] is an appropriate one for our kids.
Given lambs also represent innocence, stuffed lambs make excellent gifts and are often given to parents of new born babies. Stuffed lambs have the most sweet and appealing faces they are always made to look like a picture of happiness. In addition, stuffed lambs can be purchased in a variety of body positions; you can buy stuffed lambs standing (on two or four legs), sitting, and lying down.
If collecting plush toys is something that interests you or your child, stuffed lambs would make an excellent addition. They come in a wide variety of colors and like with all plush toys, you can dress them up in hats and coats (to name a few) if that interests you.
While most baby animals (like lambs, bunnies, and chicks) tend to remind us of spring and renewal, we don’t have to wait until then for our child to be able to snuggle up with a plush one. That said, stuffed lambs are an ideal gift at any time of the year and you’ll be guaranteed that your child won’t go to sleep without it once they have one!