Death Of A Seahorse

Our Seahorse joined the family on December 25th 2011. From that day onwards he was very much loved and cherished. For the past 2 and a bit years he has been a constant presence in our bedtime routines.

His first photo!

His first photo!

In his early days he would nestle safely in the Moses basket with our little boy. At 3am he would be playing his music on repeat with his beautiful belly glowing. It was a 50/50 chance who he would send to sleep first, me or O. As the final notes of Frère Jacques played out his belly would fade and he would also fall asleep. He was a very welcome companion during those cold and lonely nights. 

During his short life Seahorse was well travelled; Egypt, Spain, Wales, the Lake District, and not forgetting a couple of sleep overs at Nanas. Wherever we went he came with us to remind O of home and to keep one thing constant when it came to bedtime. As O grew older he started to learn that if we switched on Seahorse it was a clear signal it was time to sleep. It was amazing to see the development as he started to turn Seahorse on himself in the middle of the night to soothe him back to the land of nod.

Life as a seahorse wasn't always easy!

Life as a seahorse wasn’t always easy!

He didn’t ask for much, a battery change every few months (when he started to get a bit worn down) and he was happy. But yesterday, things took a turn for the worst. A new set of batteries was not enough to bring him back to life. He put up a brave fight, he tried to keep on playing, but he just didn’t have it in him, and he passed away.

Seahorse was a charming and very special member of our family, always with a smile on his face. It is with great sadness we have to accept he has moved on to a better place. We have discussed adopting another, but it just wouldn’t be the same. It wouldn’t be OUR Seahorse.

RIP dear friend, we will always miss you. Whenever I hear Frère Jacques I will be thinking of you!



  1. Jenny
    March 12, 2014 / 8:54 am

    Rest in peace, little seahorse. What a lovely post. The seahorse is sooooo cute too! I want one. lol Love the pictures too. Seahorse looks like him had a long adventurous life full of play and love. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Enjoyed reading this! 😉 #sharewithme

  2. March 12, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Oh no!! RIP seahorse 🙁 This made me smile Jo. We too have treasured toys (and a few duplicates, just in case 😉 ) A lovely post! E x

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:34 pm

      I never thought to get a duplicate 🙁 I think I’m going to have to keep him even if he doesn’t sing or glow up anymore. Thanks for commenting x

  3. March 12, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Ah, this did make me sad! Little Man has one of these, too, though he’s much more attached to his Makka Pakka than this!

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:35 pm

      I’m possibly more attached to Seahorse than O, although he is very confused why he’s not playing music anymore!

  4. March 12, 2014 / 10:38 am

    Fab post! RIP seahorse. Mel #SharewithMe

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks, I’ve not quite come to terms with the loss yet x

  5. redpefferIona@Redpeffer
    March 12, 2014 / 11:46 am

    Oh bless, sweet dreams sea horse x

  6. March 12, 2014 / 11:56 am

    aaw, how did o react to this? I remember my nephew had his beloved rabbit he took him everywhere it was the saddest moment for him when he was forgotten on a taxi once

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      He’s very confused. Keeps pressing his belly and then saying “not working, mummy!” Poor love x

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      I love him, I even gave one of his “brothers” to a friend because I loved ours so much.

  7. March 12, 2014 / 2:33 pm

    Aww we had one of these, it definitely helped in the early days but I think its already in the loft now! Very sad to see yours died that as it was so well loved! At least he had a happy life 🙂 #mmwbh xx

    • March 12, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      I like to think he was happy, he was always smiling 😉

  8. March 12, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Oh no, this is so sad – but such a brilliant post x RIP poor little seahorse x #ShareWithMe

  9. March 12, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Oh RIP lettle fella – we have one too that i got when F was tiny, he is still going strong through 3.5 years later! Must have been taking his cod liver oil x

    • March 15, 2014 / 8:32 pm

      You must have a good one there, 3 and a half years is a good age for a seahorse 😉 x

  10. Alexandra Mercer (Broody Me)
    March 12, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    Aw, RIP poor seahorse x #ShareWithMe

  11. March 12, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    I’m so sorry for you loss I hope your little one is doing ok. I heard wine makes you feel better about it RIP seahorse

  12. March 12, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    This post is so adorable.

  13. March 13, 2014 / 4:31 am

    oh my gosh this actually made me really emotional!!! I can only imagine how sad you must be feeling, and poor little O I hope he’s doing okay! I know what you mean about not getting another one it definitely wouldn’t be the same! I hope it doesn’t disrupt your bedtime routine too much. xx

  14. March 13, 2014 / 8:46 am

    RIP little seahorse. I remember when I was little I lost my pink elephant with the denium patchwork stomach. I used to suck my thumb and rub my fingernails on her belly. After mum washed her and hung her on the line the dog grabbed her and ripped her to shreds. I’m still traumatised and I’m 29. hahha!

  15. March 13, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Aww poor little seahorse! I’m sure when O’s older he’ll treasure him again even without his song. I’ve still got my first teddy bear and I’m 21 now!

  16. March 14, 2014 / 8:09 am

    Condolences. Hat a tragic loss – I hope that you all get through it;)

  17. emilytealady
    March 14, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    Poor seahorse! What find memories you have. He will always be in your thoughts x

  18. Kim Carberry
    March 14, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    Aww!! RIP little seahorse!!

  19. March 15, 2014 / 7:00 am

    Oh bless! Lots of my friends swear by these sea horses and you guys obviously loved yours too!
    x x

  20. bavariansojourn
    March 15, 2014 / 11:12 am

    Poor old seahorse…. He sounds like he was much loved! 🙂

  21. March 15, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Oh poor seahorse 🙁 We had a lovely mirror very similar to this and the same happened. It is a sad time. I’ve not seen this toy before – it’s lovely. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  22. mamaknowsbest2
    March 15, 2014 / 10:47 pm

    Oh no it’s heartbreaking isn’t it when a much loved toy breaks 🙁 hope you find something suitable to fill seahorses big shoes 🙂

  23. BakedPotato Mummy
    March 17, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Awww poor seahorse! We have a cot mobile that now just plays music and relaxing lights. But Potato’s main soother is the cuddly monkey that my sister bought him when he was born. I live in fear if losing him when we travel. He’s currently snuggled into the cot in our Caribbean apartment 🙂

  24. Super Busy Mum {Debs}
    March 18, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Oh no! Poor Seahorse 🙁 This looks like a lovely toy too. Thanks for linking up to the #MadMidWeekBlogHop

  25. wrymummy
    May 3, 2014 / 7:12 am

    Ahhh this is so sweet! Also funny, you capture that attachment we get to the strangest things in the name of motherhood! I worry about whether teddy bears can breathe if they’re under the covers…Great post!x

  26. May 3, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    Lovely post, made me smile and brought back lots of memories x

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