‘I love him so much I could cry’: adults who have cuddly toys

Teddy bears, dolls, blankets … children love comfort objects. And some grownups can’t live without them either. Adults – aged 27 to 72 – snuggle down and explain the appeal

When my twin sister and I were born, Mum was given two identical bears by my aunt, with bobbly fur the colour of shortbread, and chocolate-brown bows around their necks. My sister didn’t “hug on to” hers, but I couldn’t sleep a night without mine. I called him Bread Teddy, convinced by The Teddy Bears’ Picnic that sandwiches were bears’ favourite food.

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