Last week, I was watching my friend’s seven year old son while his mother was away. When I showed him my bedroom he took notice of my big elephant plushie that was sitting on my bed. He asked me “Can I play with your doudou?”
“Doudou” is a French baby-talk word used to refer to a baby’s or young child’s transitional item, such as a security blanket or favorite plushie. My friend’s son’s doudou is actually a stuffed elephant too, so when he saw mine he figured it was my “doudou”.
I don’t remember what my doudou was when I was a baby, but I do have a special plushie which was given to me by my brother when I was born. It’s a little bear light blue in color, and makes a ratteling sound when moved. I don’t sleep with him anymore because he is too small to hug, but i could never give him up.
What’s your “doudou”? A piece of cloth, a blanket, a plushie?