A security blanket for babies is worth its weight in gold. Of all the baby and infant sleep aids this one I think is perhaps the most important and most helpful. Some babies will naturally attach to a blanket or small stuffed animal while others you may need a little training.
Don't let your baby sleep with any soft objects until he's at least 12 months old. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pillow-like toys, blankets, quilts, crib bumpers, and other bedding increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and death by suffocation or strangulation.
The safest option is to keep your baby's crib free of clutter, including stuffed toys and "lovies."
After his first birthday, your baby's risk of dying from SIDS goes down significantly. The likelihood of suffocation also diminishes because most 12-month-olds are able to roll over, sit up, and move objects away from their face.
Very often as the mother you can decide what blanket or object your child will attach to. Our daughter, Nicole, crocheted a baby blanket for one of her nieces. The blanket became the baby's security blanket which delighted Nicole, but caused some serious problems for the baby and the mother when after regular washing and drying, the blanket started to unravel.
Our other daughter, Elizabeth, decided that with her third child, she would get her attached to a blanket in which there were multiples. It's the same blanket - but she has 4-5 of them. Now if one of the blankets is in the washing machine she doesn't need to worry about getting it dry for naptime or bedtime. If one of the blankets gets lost on a trip, no need to worry because there are more.
Once your infant or baby attaches to his or security blanket it's going to be with them for a long time, actually for years. So here are some considerations:
Choose a fabric that's soft and comforting. If you live in a warm climate choose a cool fabric like 100% cotton so that your baby doesn't get overheated. We have found that the "feel" of the blanket is more important than how it looks or what color it is.
This blanket is going to be going with you wherever you go, whether it is in the car, to daycare, a nursery or a friend's house. Choose a size that's very portable and easy to carry around.
Our kids special blankets were left on airplanes, forgotten in nurseries, or just plain got worn out. It's best to have multiple blankets right at the start and rotate them. Babies can tell the difference by the feel and the smell between their well worn and washed blanket and a brand new one.
Be sure your baby get's attached to a washable blanket or stuffed toy because it will get dropped and spit on.
The trick to getting your infant attached to a certain blanket is to consistently use it as you rock your infant to sleep or put the baby in the crib, the car seat, the electric swing or bassinet.
Babies find great comfort in holding and having a security blanket. The blanket helps soothe them when they are crying or upset and provides a feeling of familiarity when they are not at home.
Read the entertaining reviews from parents on the Angel Dear Blankie at Amazon and you'll get an idea of just how well this sleep aid works for babies.
How to "unattach" them is another story.
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