When or if should I take away my son's blanket that he chews the corners?

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 3 in April and he has a blanket that he chews on the corners. He does it for comfort and coping. He is also diagnosed with pdd but is adhd for sure. He is very active, loving, and stubborn little boy. He drives me crazy and melts my heart at the same time. I love him so much and just want advice when or if I should take blanket away. I know people take pacifiers away much earlier but he was never a paci baby. Just curious on how Ishould do it or if. He is also very immature and emotional for his age which is related to diagnoses. He is also one of those kids who people don't even notice he has pdd.. He has days where he is a normal 3 year old except for delays in speech.. He talks just not as well as he should..

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Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2011

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yeah I plan on keeping it regardless of how long he chews on it..I plan on it being a keepsafe item...I had a friend say when will I take it away and I just thought well should I? Plus my family jokes that he will start 1st day of school with it..I always just laugh but I guess if he does he does at least he will be happy right? I guess I am just surprised that he still wants it like he does. I had a pillow case I carried around but I sucked my thumb till 1st grade so I guess he sorta takes after me. thanks ladies for the advice and reassurance to let him keep it

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I still have my blankie. It's very battered and ripped up and it's sitting in a box up in my closet (along with my baptismal gown, my recieving blanket that I was actually born into and my wedding dress). I can't even remember when I stopped dragging blankie with me all around the house, but I do remember dragging it arount, so I had to have been older than 3... Maybe 8 or 9? I'd have to ask my mom...

My two youngest daughters, ages 3 1/2 and 2, both have their blankies (in fact, they have multiple blankies!) all the time at home. I don't worry about it. I turned out just fine and so will they :)

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My daughter just turned three. She had a pacifier (just for sleeping) until she was almost 2.5. Since letting go of the pacifier she's become very attached to a stuffed rabbit. She is a very normal, very happy, very healthy little girl. I'm sure your little one will be just fine.

Lissa - posted on 06/14/2011

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The blanket isn't connected to maturity, my children are very confident and independent they just love their blankies. I think of it like that feeling when you fall in to bed at the end of a long day and get that warm feeling, that's what the blanket is doing for him.

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011

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yesterday I saw a little boy at walmart chewing on his corner of his blanket...he was really chewing...it made me giggle and think wow my son isn't the only one..it was cute...

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011

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thanks for the advice I do wash his blanket constantly in fact he has 2 identical blankets that I switch up...he will chew on it then stop for a month or so then start up again all the time...He uses it as a coping method and just wish he would communicate more...it honestly doesn't bother me that he has it just wish he would mature some because he is immature for his age. Also, thanks for not being harsh...sometimes it is hard for me to know what is normal 3 yo stuff and the pdd/adhd..I guess I still think of him as my baby even though I have a 13 month old..I want him to be more independent but I still just wanna cuddle him and baby him guess it is because he struggles with some things and it is my instinct to protect him..

September - posted on 06/14/2011

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Our son has a pillow pet that has to be with him where ever he is in the house. He has yet to ask to bring it with him when we leave the house. I think it's cute.

Lissa - posted on 06/14/2011

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People take away pacifiers because they can cause teeth problems and prevent normal development of the facial muscles. His blanket is doing him no harm on the contrary it makes him feels safe and secure. My five and six year old sleep with their blankets every night, my five year sometimes still drags it around when he feels tired. No harm ever came to a child from loving their blankie don't take it away from him.

September - posted on 06/14/2011

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Persoanlly I'd let him keep it...what's the harm in it? I would just be sure to wash it often since he chews on it.

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