So my son (3 years old) has a favorite stuffed animal: a dog named Puppo. Well, Puppo is mischievous sometimes and likes to hide when all we wanna do is put my son to bed. (I.e. we can never find that dang dog when it’s bedtime and can take upwards of 15 solid minutes of searching. Ugh.
Then I had a brilliant idea of attaching a Tile to him somehow. A “Tile” is a Bluetooth tracking device. I click “find” on my phone and the little tile starts making ringing noises so you can find it. And my app tells me if I’m getting closer as well. (Alternatively, you can also press the button on a Tile and it will make your phone ring so you can find your phone. We also have a Tile on our TV remote which I have used to find my phone many, many times.)
Anyway, I had recently bought some super hero fabric and had the idea to make a little collar for Puppo to hold the Tile.
Look how cute it turned out!!
I sewed it on him so my son couldn’t take it off and lose the Tile.
Well, in true 3-year-old fashion…the whole thing backfired. He wouldn’t touch Puppo with the collar. Not even with Batman. Not even after I showed him how Puppo could now play hide n seek.
I gave in and cut it off before bedtime. It was making me sad he wasn’t loving it. He would let Puppo sit nearby but wouldn’t cuddle with him at all.
Points for trying, right?
Somewhat related story: I moved a lot as a kid and as a result belongings never really stuck around. I was always envious of kids who were like “Oh, I’ve had “this thing” since I was 2!” and it’s been with them forever. I never had anything like that. I vowed my daughter would. We went shopping for the perfect stuffed animal when I was pregnant and she loved it. Until she lost it on a walk with grandma when she was 1. My daughter didn’t care much but my husband and I were (and still are!) heartbroken. We even put up lost signs around my moms neighborhood.
We’ve tried finding this same exact stuffed animal for a back up for my son’s animal but it’s no where to be found. And the tag is all worn off. As a result…we have to keep a good eye on him!!