My 13 month old girl isn't attached to any particular blanky or stuffed animal. Does that mean anything?

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Shae - posted on 11/25/2008

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JoAnn...I was also one of those that still had their baby blanket. I took mine to college with me! :) Once I got married, though, I traded it in for a nice attractive husband! lol My 3.5 yr old son still has his stuffed kitty, and he takes it everywhere. I am trying to get it so that he only has it in bed, but sometimes I forget. My 21 month old has a teddy bear and a blanket that she drags around everywhere. I don't think that it is bad if they don't get attached to something, and who knows, she still might...I think that my 21 month old didn't get attached to her blanket till she was around 12 months or so...maybe she hasn't found the "right" one. Who knows. :)

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Jennifer - posted on 11/25/2008

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My 17 month old's 'lovey' is my hair. :) Seriously, he loves to twirl my hair when he is sleepy or having his evening bottle, or when he's hurt, etc. I've met other parents who've said 'oh, my child did that, too...' My oldest son had a few stuffed animals he liked, but none that he HAD to have. Now my little one hates stuffed animals, or anything soft or furry. I didn't think much of it until one day, after months of refusing to walk (always barefoot) - I put socks and shoes on him and off he went. The evaluator I met with said he may be hyper-sensitive, and didn't like the feeling of his bare feet on the floor. All of a sudden the stuffed animal thing clicked. ;) They are all so unique!!

Marie - posted on 11/21/2008

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Thanks! That all makes me feel better. I met with a day care about possibly enrolling her for two mornings a week, and the director said, "of course she can bring in her blankie, or whatever she uses to soothe herself." I'm thinking, is it assumed that she has one? Then when she gave me the tour it was nap time and ALL the toddlers her age had blankies or "loveys." It's good advice to not try to get her attached to something. I thought about doing that! Maybe the fact that she has been home with me up till now is the reason she hasn't developed that kind of attachment.

Karrie - posted on 11/20/2008

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you should probably consider yourself lucky. this way she won't be going to kindergarten with a lovey! i tried to get my 15 mo to become attached to a little taggie blanket because he refused the paci (4 yo loved paci). i was worried he would need something to soothe him but it didn't work. we just have a different routine at night. i'm sure she's attached to something, ie you!!

Sharon - posted on 11/20/2008

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I don't think so. I have three kids ages 7,4, and 2. Most oldest never were attached to any one thing but my baby has a blanket he won't do without. If anything you are lucky, this blanket is going to wear out and there is not another to replace it and I will probably have one unhappy kid on my hands.

Beth - posted on 11/19/2008

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I think it means your child is very secure and doesn't feel the need to get emotional support from an inanimate object. In other words, good job mommy! My daughter doesn't have a teddy or blanket, but she uses sucking her thumb in the same way. She does it when she's scared, nervous, or just sleepy. It's her "security blanket".

JoAnn - posted on 11/19/2008

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I don't think it is anything to worry about, either. My 2 year-old son has stuffed animals in his crib, but he is not attached to any. On the other hand, I know a 21 year-old that still sleeps with her baby blanket! She even takes it with her when she travels! Now that worries me!

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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I don't think it means anything. I know a lady whose kids NEED thier teddy bears at night and I thought awww how cute is that and then I found out that she deliberatley put the teddy into thier cribs (every night) hoping they would grow attatched and they did. Now this is fine for her but I don't want to create an attatchment for my son as I believe in letting him choose at his own rate.

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