When is it time to give up the blankie?

Debra - posted on 04/08/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My granddaughter is 5 and loves her blankie. She got it when she was born. She wouldn't dream of sleeping without it - during the day, she holds/cuddles it while watching TV and she has given it a gender (she says it's a 'he')...do I slowly wean her off having a blankie, or let her do it on her own?

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Amy - posted on 04/08/2011

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My son is also 5 and has an afghan that my mother made him when he was born about a year ago it started falling apart. My mother made him another one to replace it and now we have 2 blankies. When he's home he covers up with them and won't sleep without them, but we no longer have to take them with us unless we're doing something scary like going to the dentist. It's his comfort I'm not going to take it away from him, oh and my 38 yells husband also has a blanket that my mother made him and he won't sleep without it either so it's not a big deal in my eyes!

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Nikki - posted on 04/12/2011

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Each of my kids have a lovey. And the 6yo and 4yo have to leave there's in their room. They are both thumb suckers and if they have their lovey they suck their thumb so we redudced the amount of time with them. If we watch a movie they'll bring them down to snuggle. But the frustration of them forgetting them when we went out and the whining and crying if forgotten was too much also. They can keep them as long as they'd like but they stay in their room.

Kathy - posted on 04/11/2011

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My daughter was the same! Loved her blanket! When it started to fall beyond repair, I got a Christmas box (for like clothes)-it has a big picture of Santa on it. We made a big deal about folding up, boxing, taping securely, and then writing a note on the box. It says that she isn't allowed to open it until she is 21 (I think that is the age she picked). It has been safely stored since. We did go out and buy a new blankie but it just never lived up to the beloved old one. She is a teenager now and takes out that box and laughs as she remembers her blankie. It will be fun to see her open it when she is an adult. It is really up to you and how you want to get rid of the blankie. We discussed it alot before the ceremony so it didn't come as a shock, plus new blankie was at the ready. Good luck!

Diane - posted on 04/11/2011

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My son and my daughter have a blanket and I wouldn't dream of taking them away. My son is 5 and has decided that he doesn't need it so much anymore, but he knows that it is there when he needs it. My daughter is 4 and she is still very much attached. She has it in front of the tv, in the car, in her backpack at preschool, sleeps with it, wraps her dolls and the dog in it, and yes, also has given it a gender- She......it's everywhere.

I wouldn't dream of taking it away. She will decide when it is time for her to leave it behind just as my son did. She decided one day she wasn't going to have a soother anymore...and it stuck. Her Blankie actually went missing for a week about a month ago and it was the worse thing I have experienced yet as a mother. When she was upset, nothing would calm her down and there wasn't a thing I could do. I felt really powerless. For whatever reason our little ones need their little items like the blankies, bears, and soothers, I am glad they have found comfort in them. We all need something, and as adults it is so much easier to find it ourselves, but they are exposed to so little. By the Grace of God, Blankie came home to us again and both of us were elated! I am so glad that my kids have found peace and happiness in something so special. I wouldn't dream of taking it away! Diane

Diane - posted on 04/11/2011

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My son and my daughter have a blanket and I wouldn't dream of taking them away. My son is 5 and has decided that he doesn't need it so much anymore, but he knows that it is there when he needs it. My daughter is 4 and she is still very much attached. She has it in front of the tv, in the car, in her backpack at preschool, sleeps with it, wraps her dolls and the dog in it, and yes, also has given it a gender- She......it's everywhere.
I wouldn't dream of taking it away. She will decide when it is time for her to leave it behind just as my son did. She decided one day she wasn't going to have a soother anymore...and it stuck. Her Blankie actually went missing for a week about a month ago and it was the worse thing I have experienced yet as a mother. When she was upset, nothing would calm her down and there wasn't a thing I could do. I felt really powerless. For whatever reason our little ones need their little items like the blankies, bears, and soothers, I am glad they have found comfort in them. We all need something, and as adults it is so much easier to find it ourselves, but they are exposed to so little. By the Grace of God, Blankie came home to us again and both of us were elated! I am so glad that my kids have found peace and happiness in something so special. I wouldn't dream of taking it away!

Kylie - posted on 04/08/2011

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I'd say leave it up to her. It's not hurting her. My 6 year has a stuffed toy she sleeps with, I think its quite a common thing.

Gwen - posted on 04/08/2011

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As long as she isn't dragging it to the store or school, I say don't worry about it.

Karla - posted on 04/08/2011

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My son has two stuffed bunnies that are his security objects. We let them ride in the car with us, but they don't go in to stores. I don't have any intention of taking them away. But I do think it is ok to set limits if you think that is appropriate. I agree with Amy about taking them in to scary places:)

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