How Many Stuffed Animals Should Your Child Sleep With?

When it comes to bedtime companions, few things are as comforting to a child as their beloved stuffed animals. These fuzzy friends can make the transition to sleep smoother. However, you might wonder how many stuffed animals are too many when it comes to tucking your child into bed. Here’s a simple guide to help you decide.

Safety First

For infants and very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises keeping the crib free of any soft objects, including stuffed animals, to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). For toddlers and older children, stuffed animals can be introduced, but it’s important to monitor how they affect your child’s sleep quality and safety. 

The Magic Number

While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, a good rule of thumb is allowing two to three favorite stuffed animals in bed. This number allows your child to have enough comfort items to feel secure without overcrowding the bed. 

Consider Bed Size and Room

The size of your child’s bed and the room can also influence how many stuffed animals are appropriate. If the room allows, consider setting up a special place—a “home” for additional stuffed animals where they can be displayed and easily accessed, without taking up bed space.