Since early this year, we have noticed a not-so fluffy bedtime routine, let me explain.
Just before we put the kids to bed, we'll ask if there is anything they want to take to sleep with them. Most people would picture a small child choosing a soft teddy bear, something high on the snuggle factor. Our kids prefer items more along the odd sort. Brooks especially enjoys non-typical items. We have let him sleep with a few items of choice, including, a wooden puzzle piece, a Matchbox car, a Fisher-Price Little People animal, etc. Other items that we have told him he can't take to bed include the couch, ottoman, TV stand, coffee table, rocking horse, tricycle, you get the idea. You'd be surprised to know that I can check on him hours after he has gone to bed, and his hand is still clenching the puzzle piece or car. They must provide him some sense of comfort. If he's happy and sleeping, then we are happy.