Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR54rO099rM

Watch the video together with children, noticing that each Sesame Street friend has a comfort item. While shelters have different rules about what families can bring (and comfort items can get lost during moves), stuffed animals and blankets can really help children during tough times.

If your child doesn’t already have a comfort item, consider giving her a piece of your clothing (as the smell and feel may remind her of you), to help her feel safe when you’re apart. Favorite things, like a photo of a loved one, can also be comfort items. Your child might sleep with, hug, hold, rub, “take care of,” or talk to his comfort items.

Tell your child he can talk to his comfort item when he’s scared, mad, or sad—or anytime!