It's very common for kids to turn to an object of affection, a lovey, when they're feeling stressed, scared, or worried. I definitely saw Wolf's need for a lovey intensify during his toddler and preschool years because he was going through so many new experiences and transitions, such as potty training, starting school, going from a crib to a big-kid bed, and spending more time away from us. His lovey of choice, purple friend, offered him comfort, and helped him cope with the changes during the day. It's natural for children's fears to intensify at night and at bedtime. For typically developing children and those with ASD, simple pillows in soft materials, that you introduce early on—or better yet, they pick out, may be a comforting addition to their bedtime routine. We especially love these animal pillows because they give parents and caregivers the opportunity to teach children about these cute creatures—and through role play, kids will often create stories about their cozy bedtime friends to help them transition into a peaceful night's sleep. What has worked for you? Send us a note, we would love to hear from you!