Blankie: Friend or Foe? Why Your Child needs It!
Often times we think of blankies as a nice accent for our child’s crib or car seat, but as they start to become more than that to our child, we wonder if we should be concerned. Sure, it’s adorable if a toddler carries his blankie everywhere but what if they’re still attached at ages 4, 5, 6....? We start to question if their attachment will cause them to have developmental issues or if they will be teased by friends or family? Will they be insecure as children?
The good news is that our fears are completely unfounded, and in fact – the opposite is true!
Blankies as Transitional Objects
Blankies – along with any other item of attachment – are called transitional objects. This term was first invented in 1951 by D.W. Winnicott, a pediatrician and psychoanalyst. It can refer to “any material to which an infant attributes a special value and by means of which the child is able to make the necessary shift from the earliest oral relationship with mother to genuine object-relationships.” In other words, these objects are of great importance in a child’s development as they empower children to become more independent. With the help of their sidekick or comfort buddy, new experiences don’t seem quite as scary or difficult.
Wait! Don't Take that Blankie Away!
Sometimes we as parents think our child’s attachment has gone on too long and we attempt to take away our child’s security blankie, but research
has shown that if the object our child is attached to is denied or taken away, attachment difficulties may develop later in life as well as make them more susceptible to pathological disorders.
Society seems to look at transitional objects as a nuisance or something that needs to be hidden, but when taken in context as an important part of human development, they should be looked at as a tool that will set up our child for success as an adult!
Some of Our Favorite Blankies!
Blankies and loveys come in a delightful array of forms, each catering to the unique preferences and personalities of infants and children. From the classic security blanket with its soft, snuggly textures to whimsical plush animals that double as comforting companions, the options are as diverse as the imaginations they engage. Below are a few of our favorites which were chosen for their charming appearance as well as their pure quality.
Teether loveys stand as ingenious companions in the journey of early infancy, marrying the comforting qualities of a lovey with the practicality of a teething aid. With soft, chewable edges and often featuring different textures and materials, teether loveys become a source of comfort for teething infants. Beyond their functional purpose, these loveys also serve as familiar, friendly faces during a time of transition and occasional discomfort. As babies gnaw and explore the contours of their teether loveys, a symbiotic relationship forms—providing both physical relief and a soothing emotional connection, making these loveys not only practical but also a cherished part of the teething experience.
Organic Abigail Goose
is a great choice for teething infants and toddlers as its polka dot hands and feet also make it a great teething toy. It's made and stuffed with 100% Egyptian cotton making it eco-friendly and completely pure for your little one.
Soft & Cuddly Blankies
Soft loveys for infants play a pivotal role in the gentle symphony of early childhood. These tender companions, crafted from plush fabrics and designed with utmost care, offer a cocoon of comfort for the littlest ones. Whether it's a velvety blanket with satin edges or a cuddly stuffed animal with a velour exterior, the softness of these loveys becomes a source of solace for infants, enveloping them in a world of tactile delight. Beyond their physical softness, these loveys also embody the warmth of a caregiver's touch, providing a reassuring constant in a baby's ever-evolving exploration of the world. As infants grasp, snuggle, and nuzzle into the soft embrace of their loveys, a subtle language of comfort unfolds, fostering a sense of security and laying the foundation for emotional well-being.
Tiggy Elephant Blanket Lovey Friend
makes a great snuggle buddy as he is made of 100% organic cotton and has knotted ends which make it easy for baby to grab and chew. This fun animal shape is lightweight and breathable and will become a timeless favorite.
Duke the Organic Dog Flat Lovey Toy
is an all-time favorite! This soft and eco-friendly baby plush dog toy has been lovingly crafted in a Certified Fair Trade facility without the use of pesticides or chemicals and is made and stuffed with 100% GOTS certified organic Egyptian Cotton.
Snuggle Bunny Lovey
is another great choice as it is pure from the inside out! Made and stuffed with 100% organic Egyptian cotton, this sweet bunny makes a perfect new friend for your little one. It comes with pink or blue striped ears and is 13" long making it a great bed buddy for little ones.
With so many choices one of our favorites is Meiya the Mouse with Organic Natural Rubber Teether
. It comes with an organic natural rubber head and is certified non-toxic, BPA free, Phthalate free and PVC free.
It’s manufactured socially responsible and is biodegradable.
In conclusion, the significance of blankies and loveys for infants and children cannot be overstated. These cherished companions go beyond being mere comforting objects; they become symbols of security, warmth, and the first tender bonds of love. Loveys serve as steadfast allies in the journey of childhood, providing solace during moments of distress and fostering a sense of familiarity in the ever-expanding world of a growing child. Through the soft touch of a well-worn fabric or the gentle embrace of a familiar plush friend, blankies and loveys play a pivotal role in nurturing emotional well-being and resilience in the formative years. As children navigate the complexities of life, these seemingly simple companions stand as powerful allies, promoting not only a sense of comfort but also laying the foundation for a lifetime understanding of the profound importance of love and connection.