How do I break my 3 year old sons attachement to his blanket

Michelle - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )




I always hated seeing a child attached to a pacifier or blanky, pillow etc and always say my shldren will never have anything like that but my son has a spiderman blanket he will not let out of his sight. He doesn't just drag it around, he sicks and chews on it..the first one got so nasty and I couldn't get the stinky smell out so I had to buy a new one and swtich them when he was sleeping...he knew the difference and wanted the yucky one. I threw the yucky one away and he has now become attached to the new one which is better than him being attached to that nasty one but I would really like for him to not have it anymore period. Any suggestions on how to take it away without breaking his heart?????


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Brandie - posted on 10/13/2009




Well there isn't much you can do. I had a cousin growing up with was attatched to a blanket. It is their security. You won't be able to do much about it.

Mindi - posted on 10/13/2009




My son has had a silky blanky since birth that he loves, and carries everywhere. He doesn't suck on his, but he asks for it all the time and he wont sleep without i. He just turned 3 in September and we have just started working on breaking him of it. The first step has been that it stays in his bed. He can have it for napping and night time and that's all. It has been working pretty well, he's even gone to 2 days of preschool without it and hasn't been upset at all about it. If he asks for it i simply remind him that it's for bedtime only and he can have it when he's napping or sleeping. At 3 he has the understanding of these concepts so it shouldn't be too difficult to atleast wean him down to only sleeping. If he gets really upset and wants to have it during the middle of the day, just tall him he'll have to sit in his bed with it, I'm sure that'll get old for him and he'll learn it is more fun to be up playing than sitting with his blanky. Hope that helps.

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