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At what age does it become problematic to play with/sleep with stuffed animals?

10 years or older
8
4%
13 years or older
14
7%
15 years or older
8
4%
18 years or older
4
2%
19 years or older
1
1%
21 years or older
1
1%
25 years or older
1
1%
30 years or older
2
1%
40 years or older
1
1%
It is not a problem ever in and of itself (stuffed animal toys for EVERYONE)
153
79%
 
Total votes : 193

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:16 pm

This is a thread to discuss stuffed animal toys.

It is common to give children stuffed animal toys to play with. Many children go to sleep hugging stuffed animal toys like giraffes, teddies, and hello kitties. However, are stuffed animal toys for kids only? Or can older people and adults keep them?

Specifically, the discussion point is: at what age, if any age, (based on your own personal subjective standard) does it become "problematic" to sleep with stuffed animal toys? (by sleep with, I mean just sleep with, for instance, hugging the toy and falling asleep, nothing more). What would be your reasoning for setting that age as a standard metric?

Alternatively, you might personally find that it is acceptable for people of all ages to play with and sleep with stuffed toy animals.

Please explain whatever you position you adopt.

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Stuffed animals are adorable. So it shouldn't be a problem if people of all ages might be interested in keeping and playing with them. Everyone needs toys.

If someone comes up to you and says "Are you not TOO OLD to be playing with stuffed animals?" then in my view that is a bit close minded.
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Postby USS Monitor » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:23 pm

I don't think there's anything wrong with having stuffed animals at any age, but it's not healthy if you are still super attached to your stuffed animals as an adult. You should be able to sleep without them if you're traveling, sleeping over at a boyfriend or girlfriend's place, etc.

I actually have some stuffed animals still, and I am in my 30s.
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Postby Internationalist Bastard » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:25 pm

USS Monitor wrote:I don't think there's anything wrong with having stuffed animals at any age, but it's not healthy if you are still super attached to your stuffed animals as an adult. You should be able to sleep without them if you're traveling, sleeping over at a boyfriend or girlfriend's place, etc.

Eh I genuinely can’t sleep well without a body pillow, which is a similar concept
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Internationalist Bastard wrote:It literally doesn’t matter
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Postby Geneviev » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:32 pm

I have a stuffed bear that is wearing the German football uniform. There's nothing wrong with that since it's sports. Other than that, it still doesn't matter if someone has stuffed animals.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:40 pm

Geneviev wrote:I have a stuffed bear that is wearing the German football uniform. There's nothing wrong with that since it's sports. Other than that, it still doesn't matter if someone has stuffed animals.


Is it adorable?
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Postby Jetan » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:48 pm

I don't see why it'd ever become a problem. At some point in becomes a bit weird, but that's about it. I still have my bunny from when I was a child.
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Postby The Free Joy State » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:49 pm

USS Monitor wrote:I don't think there's anything wrong with having stuffed animals at any age, but it's not healthy if you are still super attached to your stuffed animals as an adult. You should be able to sleep without them if you're traveling, sleeping over at a boyfriend or girlfriend's place, etc.

^ This. There's no harm in anyone having stuffed animals, but you should be able to manage without them.

I still keep a few stuffed animals (from some of the important people from my life) on my shelves.
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Postby Jetan » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:52 pm

The Free Joy State wrote:
USS Monitor wrote:I don't think there's anything wrong with having stuffed animals at any age, but it's not healthy if you are still super attached to your stuffed animals as an adult. You should be able to sleep without them if you're traveling, sleeping over at a boyfriend or girlfriend's place, etc.

^ This. There's no harm in anyone having stuffed animals, but you should be able to manage without them.

I still keep a few stuffed animals (from some of the important people from my life) on my shelves.

I hadn't even considered an adult might still need them in to actually sleep. I agree, that would be alarming.
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Postby UniversalCommons » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:54 pm

Why not. Completely discounting them would be a little strange. After all if you have kids, playing with stuffed animals with them is pretty normal.

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Postby Foxfound » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:58 pm

I still have far more plush foxes than is probably considered reasonable, so it shouldn't be hard to guess that I chose the last option in the poll.
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Postby USS Monitor » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:14 am

Foxfound wrote:I still have far more plush foxes than is probably considered reasonable, so it shouldn't be hard to guess that I chose the last option in the poll.


Foxes are cool.
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Postby Dazchan » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:18 am

Jetan wrote:
The Free Joy State wrote:^ This. There's no harm in anyone having stuffed animals, but you should be able to manage without them.

I still keep a few stuffed animals (from some of the important people from my life) on my shelves.

I hadn't even considered an adult might still need them in to actually sleep. I agree, that would be alarming.


:eyebrow: How is it alarming?
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Postby Lanoraie II » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:51 am

I don't really care particularly strongly either way. I might have some concern for someone playing with stuffed animals after they hit, I don't know, 21? But sleeping with stuffed animals I wouldn't really bat an eye at until someone's 40. But really, I don't think I'd have the energy to judge anyone for either of those beyond very mild, fleeting concern. After all, I keep a plushie of a character from my favorite series of all time with me.

As they say...bedroom business is best kept in the bedroom.
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What about talking to stuffed animals?
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I have this monkey stuffed animal thats sat in the corner of my bed for about 14 years (Mind you im living in a dorm right now and this is my "home" bed im referring to).... I swear nobody is crossing that motherfucker
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Postby Valentine Z » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:20 am

For me, I.. I don't remember much about my stuffed animals, to be honest. I might have a little too many when I was young, and moving to Singapore, I have to leave them all in Yangon. Still, I manage just fine without them as an adult, though I do have this little bear-thingy wearing a graduation gown, gifted to me and my classmates by my Math teacher during middle school as a gift before O Levels. I have it on my bedside.

As a kid, I got way too many stuffed Elmos. I was told that when I was young, I love the little red guy so much. :P

Infected Mushroom wrote:What about talking to stuffed animals?


Depends. I say depends because most of the time, it's kind of weird and sort of awkward to me if I'm to start talking to them.

Other times, it feels like something you can do to heighten up the weirdness/crazy factor by 10, like in the movies.

Very specific example that didn't happen to me but hypothetical. Say someone broke into your car, and you caught the perpetrator.

"Uh-oh, Mr. Elmo here was in the car when you did that! What's that? He tried to kidnap you? Oh, that's not the way to go, Mr. Thief. You're going to jail for breaking into my car!"

It'll be cringe worthy, yes, but dammit it'll be fun to mess around like that.

Still, I won't exactly talk to stuffed animals 90% of the time, on the grounds that people will think I'm a bit loose in the head.

As you go into adulthood, for me, at least, it went from a cartoon character to a stuffed version of an actual animal.

I'm thinking of getting a stuffed cat, or a kitten, because I don't have the time to adopt an actual cat yet. Would pet it now and then to relief the stress, even if not as good as an actual purring cat.
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My dad burned my only stuffed toy when I was about four. He thought it would make me gay. He was an asshole in many, many ways.
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Postby The Grims » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:41 am

On a related note this thread reminded me of a brilliant online game where you are a psychiatrist where you have to cure abused and neglected cuddlytoys. An autistic hippo, a sheep that thought it was a wolf...

Does anyone know if it still exists ?

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:44 am

The Grims wrote:On a related note this thread reminded me of a brilliant online game where you are a psychiatrist where you have to cure abused and neglected cuddlytoys. An autistic hippo, a sheep that thought it was a wolf...

Does anyone know if it still exists ?


What a fascinating game

I didn’t know it existed
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