Just as we planned, the kid adopted one of my mother's flannel blankets with a hand-crocheted edge for her snuggly comforting thing. I say planned, because we kind of pushed it, because they were always right at hand, and we had an inexhaustible supply of them, so we would never face the nightmare of a lost blankie. [That was the theory, anyway; the reality was, the kid kind of latched on to one particular blue blanket--and matching burp cloth, for the road--and has stuck with it for four years.]
We'd hoped to set K2 on the same path; she got her own stack of blankets, and rubbing a little cloth on her cheek does help her calm down sometimes. But even more than that, she's gravitated towards a random plush giraffe we bought in a random toy store in BF Japan back in 2004. She snuggles herself to sleep with that thing like nobody's business. So now we have to get spares.
The giraffe is by Early Learning Centre, a British toy store chain. It appears from this 2004 website celebrating ELC's 30th anniversary that the giraffe's name is Custard--and that it might have been just a limited-time product.
ELC's main site doesn't show the thing, and remarkably, there is no way to contact them via email. For anything. All their "Contact" links go to a series of pre-packaged FAQ's. So if anyone has any leads on this thing, or what it's name or SKU is, so I can search for it, I'd be much obliged.
The photo above comes from eBay Ireland, where a slightly used giraffe was sold for about $3.50. The price is right, but I'd rather pay retail and get the Other Kid's Slobber-free version.