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Slumberkins Otter Kin - Building Connections

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Otter helps your child feel connected to the ones they love.

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: Building Connections, Acceptance, Community Engagement

Meet Otter, a friendly and sociable companion who brings the joy of building connections to children and their families. Otter encourages kids to explore and strengthen their relationships within their families and communities, fostering a deep sense of belonging and support. Each story in Otter's collection is designed to illustrate the importance of connection and community, helping children appreciate the bonds that make our lives richer.

“I am connected and loved, even if we are far apart. I'll keep you with me held here in my heart” —Otter’s Affirmation

Included in the set are:

  • Otter's Heart Family" Board Book: This story instills positive core beliefs about connections, showing children that love, support, and security are what make a Heart Family and celebrates the diverse forms of family and the strength of family bonds.

  • Otter's Community Grows" Board Book: This story teaches emotional skills for building community and expanding important relationships. It encourages children to engage with communities they are part of. 

  • Otter Kin: A cuddly companion that reinforces the themes of family and community from the books, providing children with a cuddly reminder of their own cherished connections.

Otter is great for:

  • Supporting foster, military, and blended families.
  • Supporting adopted children
  • Teaching the importance of nurturing relationships 
  • Ideal for gifts that celebrate new additions to the family

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 the concept of community and family. The Otter Kin set is more than just a toy—it's an educational tool that empowers little ones to cultivate meaningful relationships and foster emotional wellness.

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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