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Should I wean my toddler off her baby blanket?

My toddler won't go anywhere without her baby blanket -- which is fine now, since, well, he's still (sort of) a baby. But we're worried about it becoming a bad long-term habit as he gets older. Any advice?

Re: My toddler won't go anywhere without her baby blanket -- which is fine now, since, well, he's still (sort of) a baby. But we're worried about it becoming a bad long-term habit as he gets older. Any advice?

The Bump Expert

Toddlers are often incredibly attached to a baby blanket, so weaning him from it needs to be a very gradual process. Start by telling him that he can bring it to a play date, but it has to stay near the front door. Then tell him that he can bring it to a play date, but it has to stay in the car. Then tell him it will be waiting for him at home while he’s out having fun at his play date -- and so on. If he asks why he can’t always have it with him, blame it on being a "big boy."

Also try offering him a pocket-size replacement comfort object, such as a "magic" sock (which you can rub against your skin so it smells like mama). Many stores also sell mini versions of blankets, so he can have the same object -- just smaller!

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Should I wean my toddler off her baby blanket?

My tolddler has a stuffed animal he loves to bring everywhere we go. I don't see the harm in that if it makes him feel more secure. And its cute how he is attached to it. He's still a baby, he will outgrow it eventually. Its better than letting him have his paci all the time which is restricted to his bed and carseat (he hates the carseat!).

sasagymnast123 |

Should I wean my toddler off her baby blanket?

I have 2 teenagers (16, and 14) and a 16 month old. Both of my teenagers were made crotcheted blankets as were many of my friends who had babies over the years. My son still has his blanket which he has stored away for his first child. My daughter was made 2 and still has both on her bed. Neither one of them ever had an issue with carrying them around and they have grown up just fine with blanket and all. My 16 mth old now has two crotcheted blankets from me that he loves very much and I still make my friends and family's babies blankets. Many of my friends now teens still have theirs. Worrying about a blanket as a "bad habit" seems silly to me. Bad habits to worry about should be things that will hurt him or her and a blanket wont hurt anyone. Just my opinion of course but I'm basing it on experience.

LaneMarie |

Should I wean my toddler off her baby blanket?

My 16 month old has a blanket (travel size) that she sleeps with. I actually encouraged her attachment to it (night time only) because when we travel, we can bring her blanket and it is a source of normality when everything else is not normal. It helps her to calm down and feel more secure when traveling. However, the blanket has ALWAYS stayed in her crib, so she doesn't seem to miss it when she's out and about.

carlson23 |