Does what he wears (or doesn't wear) between the sheets say something about who he really is? We got six guys ready for bed to find out!
1. His teddy bear
"I'm not embarrassed that I still sleep with Ernesto, the teddy bear I got for my 8th birthday."
'- Stephen, 26, journalist
Ernesto has bleach stains and is faded from the sun, but he still has the original plaid bow tie I've come to know and love. He's just so familiar and comfortable to me '- a cross between an old pal and a favorite pillow.
It's not like I can't sleep without him '- I certainly don't bring him if I'm staying at a girlfriend's house '- but I do like having him around. My mother once asked me when I'm going to outgrow the whole thing, but to me, it has nothing to do with maturity.
Of course, my buddies give me grief whenever they see Ernesto '- one hums The Care Bears song. And when girlfriends come over for the first time, there's usually an initial look of shock. I've even heard through the grapevine that a few women have found the bear creepy. But that just shows a lack of a sense of humor.
For the most part, girlfriends have found my attachment to Ernesto funny. And since I like spunky women, I don't mind if they tease me. One woman took him hostage and joked, "You've got to choose: me or the bear." That's definitely better than a woman who thinks my sleeping habit means I'm sweet and sensitive. One of my exes admitted she thought the bear was a sign I'd make a good father. I told her to slow down.