IRONBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 05: An official teddy bear commemorating the 2012 London Olympics sits in the shop of the Merrythought teddy bear factory on April 5, 2011 in Ironbridge, England. Established in 1930, Merrythought has been hand-making Teddy Bears for over 80 years in Shropshire. The family-run company is the last remaining British teddy bear factory and is launching its latest limited edition bear to mark the royal wedding. The Commemorative Royal Wedding bear is limited to 75 and comes after its popular Prince William and Catherine Middleton bears completely sold out. Merrythought has also been selected by the London Olympic Games organisers to produce the official teddy bears of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After celebrating National Teddy Bear Day on Sept. 9, makers of the cuddly friends are getting great news about their future sales. A new study says that nearly half of all adults in America still sleep with a teddy bear.
The study, commissioned by stuffed animal maker Build-A-Bear, surveyed 2,000 adults and found that 40 percent have their favorite stuffed animal by their side when they go to bed. According to the Atomik Research group, more than half of those polled say they’ve owned a stuffed animal for more than 20 years. More than 70 percent of those respondents said they were never going to get rid of their fluffy friend.
“As children develop independence from their parents, they still yearn for a secure bond with something. In many cases, children turned to stuffed animals, including teddy bears, to help them through this transition,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Shefali Tsabary.
The …