Hairy Hugger - a calming sensory toy
He is a weighted sensory toy that will support your child when they feel overwhelmed or anxious.
This often shows as hyperactivity and meltdowns. Hairy will hug your child and help them calm down, be comforted and regain focus.
Hairy Hugger applies deep pressure therapy, calms your child’s stress level and decreases feelings of anxiety.
He is designed with two weighted arms that will give your child a comforting hug. The hugging sensation will help your child to feel calm and self-regulate. His fluffy fur and soft textured ears are great for busy fidget fingers.
Hairy Hugger is a great friendly support that you child can bring along to difficult situations e.g. a dentist appointment, when traveling or in school to support an overall less anxious mind.
Potential positive effects include:
Improve focus & attention
Calms Symptoms of anxiety
Calms physical movement
A general sense of calm
100% Organic Buckwheat husk filling
Antibacterial, Chemical & Dust Mite free filling
CE toy regulations safety
Weight: A durable 2,3kg
Outer material: Organic Cotton
Inner material: Organic Buckwheat Hulls
Wash and care:. Gently remove the weighted organic buckwheat bags from inside your Hairy Hugger and wash the organic fabric outer on a delicate cycle, and line dry.
How to use Hairy Hugger
The toy weighs 2,3 kilograms and is placed on your child’s chest. Your child can choose to either hold on to the toy by hugging him back - or wrap the toy’s arms around his or her neck and fasten the hugger with the elastic wristband that comes with. This wayfrees up the child’s hands to do schoolwork or play with friends.
The Hairy Hugger provide support for children when they need some extra love and comfort during situations that cause anxiety. The safe and warm feeling we all know from being hugged is simulated by this toy and provide your child with the same comforting sensation.
The Undeniable Power of a Simple Hug is an amazing article written by Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D. who is professor and chair of the Counseling, Adult and Higher Education department at Northern Illinois University.
This article describes in detail the chemistry that happens inside us when we are hugged and how it affects our behavior.
All of us benefit from hugs. When we experience rejection or stress our bodies produce cortisol, which makes us seek out comfort from new friends or new situations. This is why camaraderie often develops between people who work closely together or are stuck in tight quarters, such as an elevator. It’s the same type of connection with the community that we feel when there are natural disasters. When we see others in distress, our empathy increases and we reach out to embrace those who are suffering. The skin sensations that occur during a hug increase the chemical oxytocin, which helps us feel warm and comforted.
The science behind the act of hugging aligns with our personal experiences. We have sampled more than 25 designs of hugging toys before coming up with our final collection of hugging toys that can simulate the benefits of an actual hug.
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