When do babys get attached to blankets

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Ginger - posted on 08/17/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

It's not a WHEN, but a WHY.

Infants who receive all of their comfort at their mother's breast, frequently and unrestricted (generally at least three times an hour) usually do not form an attachment to an object like a blanet, binkie, stuffed animal, or thumb or finger. They don't have a need to.

But infants whose mothers tend to wait until baby cries to nurse, or offer pacifiers in an attempt to hold off a nursing (or don't breastfeed at all), or allow their children to 'self soothe' become attached to a comfort object.

Me, I prefer that I can offer a living, breathing source of comfort to my daughter rather than her having to resort to an inanimate object.



this is not nessisarly true.. my daughter was breast fed till almost 1 year( I dont do the self soothing method.. my children barily cry when they are babies) and she got attached to a blankie.. she never had bottles or passifiers.. and it wasnt because it was the only balnket I gave her either she had tonnes of them.. she just showed preference to one blanket and when she got old enough she wouldnt sleep with out it.. I think she was about 9 months old when she picked her blankie.. my son on the other hand doesnt have any object he is really attached to.. and he was raised the same way.. so I think its up to the child if/ or what they get attached to.. hope that helps

Jackie - posted on 08/17/2009

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Lisa:

It's not a WHEN, but a WHY.

Infants who receive all of their comfort at their mother's breast, frequently and unrestricted (generally at least three times an hour) usually do not form an attachment to an object like a blanet, binkie, stuffed animal, or thumb or finger. They don't have a need to.

But infants whose mothers tend to wait until baby cries to nurse, or offer pacifiers in an attempt to hold off a nursing (or don't breastfeed at all), or allow their children to 'self soothe' become attached to a comfort object.

Me, I prefer that I can offer a living, breathing source of comfort to my daughter rather than her having to resort to an inanimate object.





I am one of those mothers who "self soothe". I do not agree that its okay to nurse them everytime they fuss as then the "object" they become attached to is your breast! As for being attached to a specific blanket...I think it has a lot to do with scents at first. They have a really keen sense of smell and are therefore more comforted when they are with something they recognize. Once they are older (I would guess 6 months as they are more cognitively aware) they start to attach to a specific object....just thinkin out loud on that though!





I really do think it has alot to do with smells. It smells like mommy, home, herself... My daughter is 6 months old and she loves her bunny blanket ( a little bunny with a small blanket attached ). I strongly disagree that she's resorting to an inanimate object. I just think it's fimiliar to her. She likes to put things over her eyes when she sleeps so I give her this in hopes that she won't put the big blanket over her face so she has grown to love it. Again, it's fimiliar.

Arlene - posted on 08/17/2009

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my lil girl liked to feel snuggled into something when she slept, right from birth. she is 9 month today n only uses her blanky when tired n going to bed but i dread if she will want to start taking it with her everywhere! lol :)

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It's individual. Are you asking because you want to prevent it? I personally didn't want my kids to have attachments to blankets/teddies etc because I saw other moms having to deal with unwashed items and if something was lost or forgotten all hell broke loose. I used to change the blankets and give them a different soft toy every few days and it worked. Osnat http://maaslife.blogspot.com/

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Kirstie - posted on 08/18/2009

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Both my boys have blankies and i feel it's definately all about the smell and to know that they can be soothed with something other than me (i may not always be there) is a comfort for me and them. I found that it also made/makes them happy to go to sleep almost anywhere. If you are worried about how attached they will get to their comforter only allow it whilst in bed.

Ree - posted on 08/17/2009

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thank you all, I've found what you said insightful and indeed helpful. Also I've noticed he does pull it over his eyes when he sleeps

Katarina - posted on 08/17/2009

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My Son is 4 months old as he's attached to his Giraffe Blanket (Same concept as Jackie's daughter's) He uses it to sleep and to teeth on. He also has a Teddy bear one that's going through the wash as we speak. With my Son any blanket is good enough for him. I prefer the small ones while he's sleeping because he pulls them up to his face.

Jackie - posted on 08/17/2009

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Lisa:

It's not a WHEN, but a WHY.

Infants who receive all of their comfort at their mother's breast, frequently and unrestricted (generally at least three times an hour) usually do not form an attachment to an object like a blanet, binkie, stuffed animal, or thumb or finger. They don't have a need to.

But infants whose mothers tend to wait until baby cries to nurse, or offer pacifiers in an attempt to hold off a nursing (or don't breastfeed at all), or allow their children to 'self soothe' become attached to a comfort object.

Me, I prefer that I can offer a living, breathing source of comfort to my daughter rather than her having to resort to an inanimate object.





I am one of those mothers who "self soothe". I do not agree that its okay to nurse them everytime they fuss as then the "object" they become attached to is your breast! As for being attached to a specific blanket...I think it has a lot to do with scents at first. They have a really keen sense of smell and are therefore more comforted when they are with something they recognize. Once they are older (I would guess 6 months as they are more cognitively aware) they start to attach to a specific object....just thinkin out loud on that though!





 

Kathy - posted on 08/17/2009

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I am a combination of Lisa and Joy. I nurse my children, but not every cry is a call to the breast. You know your child's schedule and cries to know which ones are out of hunger vs. something else. At the same time I don't go out of my way to offer other items to my child to replace my comfort if it is really necessary. I have had four children. None are attached to any one item for soothing.

Joy - posted on 08/17/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

It's not a WHEN, but a WHY.

Infants who receive all of their comfort at their mother's breast, frequently and unrestricted (generally at least three times an hour) usually do not form an attachment to an object like a blanet, binkie, stuffed animal, or thumb or finger. They don't have a need to.

But infants whose mothers tend to wait until baby cries to nurse, or offer pacifiers in an attempt to hold off a nursing (or don't breastfeed at all), or allow their children to 'self soothe' become attached to a comfort object.

Me, I prefer that I can offer a living, breathing source of comfort to my daughter rather than her having to resort to an inanimate object.


I am one of those mothers who "self soothe". I do not agree that its okay to nurse them everytime they fuss as then the "object" they become attached to is your breast! As for being attached to a specific blanket...I think it has a lot to do with scents at first. They have a really keen sense of smell and are therefore more comforted when they are with something they recognize. Once they are older (I would guess 6 months as they are more cognitively aware) they start to attach to a specific object....just thinkin out loud on that though!

Candice - posted on 08/17/2009

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i doubt it has anything to do with his father. he's too young to notice. wish i could tell you what it is though. if it smells like you, that may be it...i don't know. my daughter didn't get attached to anything but her soother until she was 15 mos. now she has a blankie but only uses it at bedtime.

Ree - posted on 08/17/2009

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I couldn't breast feed I wasn't producing any milk. So I had to bottle feed him. And usually when he cries I have a bottle all measured out and ready to go feed him with..but sometimes he doesn't want that..or anything at all for that matter then he started with the blanket. I don't think it's from lack of attention from me cuz I am forever with him attached at my hip..but could it possibly be because his father doesn't pay much mind to him?

Minnie - posted on 08/17/2009

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It's not a WHEN, but a WHY.

Infants who receive all of their comfort at their mother's breast, frequently and unrestricted (generally at least three times an hour) usually do not form an attachment to an object like a blanet, binkie, stuffed animal, or thumb or finger. They don't have a need to.

But infants whose mothers tend to wait until baby cries to nurse, or offer pacifiers in an attempt to hold off a nursing (or don't breastfeed at all), or allow their children to 'self soothe' become attached to a comfort object.

Me, I prefer that I can offer a living, breathing source of comfort to my daughter rather than her having to resort to an inanimate object.

Ree - posted on 08/17/2009

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Kinda. My son is 3 months old and he's attached to a piece of my security blanket, Which I am 29 and still tag along with me everywhere..so yeah my mom never broke me of the habbit sadly. But idk if he just loves the smell of my blanket or what it is..cuz he will tag it with him everywhere and iff I put him to bed without it..he wont sleep and or will scream till he gets it. I didn't know if it was normal for this age or not.

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