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Slumberkins Ibex Kin - Promotes Emotinal Courage

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Ibex shows your child how to embrace big emotions.

Founded by a special education teacher and a family therapist, Slumberkins is an emotional learning brand on a mission to empower children to be caring, confident, and resilient. 

Promotes: Emotional Courage, Emotion Identification, Empathy

Meet Ibex, a brave and heartfelt friend who guides children through the world of emotional courage and understanding. Ibex helps children to understand and navigate their feelings, fostering a deep sense of connection to self. Each story in Ibex's collection is crafted to demonstrate the power of facing emotions head-on, teaching children that it is okay to feel deeply and express those feelings.

“I feel very deeply, it's a powerful gift. There is strength inside me to guide and uplift” —Ibex’s Affirmation.

Included in the set are:

  • "Ibex Greets his Feelings" Board Book: This story instills positive core beliefs towards emotions by encouraging children to acknowledge and welcome their feelings as they come. It shows that understanding and expressing emotions is a strength, not a weakness.

  • "Ibex Feels Deeply" Board Book: This story teaches emotional skills for understanding that it is normal to feel emotions intensely and that this ability makes them a leader. It helps children develop tools to manage strong emotions constructively.

  • Ibex Kin: A cuddly companion that embodies the lessons from the books, offering children a tangible reminder that they are strong enough to handle their emotions and that emotional depth is to be embraced, not feared.

Ibex is great for:

  • Identifying emotions
  • Encouraging the acceptance and expression of a wide range of emotions
  • Learning coping strategies for intense feelings 
  • Deeply Feeling Children and Highly Sensitive Children

Together, this set uses foundational messages kids need to hear and examples of how to apply them in their own lives to help children embrace emotional courage. The Ibex Kin set is more than just a toy—it's an educational tool that empowers little ones to understand their emotions deeply and navigate them with confidence.

Simple tools for a lifetime of benefits.

  • Machine washable, air dry
  • Kins measure 6" W x 14" L
  • 100% Polyester with hypoallergenic fiberfill
  • Board Book measures 5" W x 7" L
  • Suitable from birth
  • CE Safety certified
Our Approach

Connect-to-Grow: We employ a “Connect-to-Grow” approach that can be summed up as “connect, reflect, practice, grow.” While learning will always start with connection, our approach is intended to be dynamic, rather than a step-by-step process.

Connect: Our creatures are relatable for a reason. They help parents facilitate meaningful moments of connection that allow children to feel seen, valued, and loved at the deepest level. Allowing all feelings to be expressed in these moments of connection helps solidify the bonds that are essential for an emotionally healthy childhood.

Reflect: Here we apply two definitions of “reflect,” the first meaning to mirror. Young children develop a sense of self when their parents and primary caregivers mirror and reflect back the child’s feelings, responses, and actions.

“You look like you are about to cry. Your eyes are watering, you’re holding your breath, and you’re looking down at your shoes.”

As we help our children build a sense of self and understand what it means to be human, mirroring is a way we can show our children that we accept them and that we promote the full and healthy expression of emotions.

This brings us to the other meaning of reflect. When children feel seen, heard, and understood by their parents, they can feel safe to engage in self-reflection. Parents can model self-talk, approach difficult feelings with curiosity rather than judgment, and use deep breathing or body regulation techniques to help their children internalize behavior that encourages self-reflection.

Practice: To reinforce the connection we have with our children, we must actively participate in their emotional growth journey, repeating these processes of “connect” and “reflect.” When children see a parent identify their emotions, acknowledge their mistakes, and practice self-awareness, they are actively gaining tools and coping mechanisms for emotional wellness.

Slumberkins affirmations proactively support building emotional health and resiliency for more meaningful moments throughout the day.

"I slow down and am calm. I sit very still. I take deep breaths, relax and chill” —Yeti’s Affirmation

Grow: Growth isn’t a “final step” or linear progression. Emotional growth can be messy and uncomfortable and can start at any age. When we engage in our children’s emotional development early, we can empower them to be more caring, confident, and resilient, where they see every experience—pleasant or difficult—as an opportunity for growth.

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We want you to feel confident supporting your child’s early emotional development. We invite you to meet our creatures and apply our Connect-to-Grow approach through storytelling, affirmation practice and play.

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