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What Every Parent Ought To Know About Security Blankets

Published on 3/5/2014
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What Every Parent Ought To Know About Security Blankets

If you worry about your child’s attachment to their security blanket, you can
probably relax. Look at what experts have to say about these transitional objects and
why your child loves them.

While that piece of cloth may be known as “blankie” in your home, psychologists call
it a transitional object because of the role it plays in a child’s development. Kids cling
to blankets and teddy bears because they reduce stress.

On the whole, this is a common and positive ritual that’s easy to manage.

Facts About Transitional Objects

1. Be sensitive to your child’s stress levels. There’s a lot more than playtime and
naps going on in the early years. Your children are laying the foundation to
become independent adults.

2. Know that you’re a competent parent. Kids with great talents and loving parents
drag around security blankets. Think of Linus, the character from the Peanuts
cartoon. He’s a smart boy who quotes philosophy like a university professor
and knows how to be a good friend to Charlie Brown.

3. Pass on family traditions. About half of all kids have a transitional object, but
it’s even more likely if their parents had one. Store away your child’s old teddy
bear for future reminiscing.

Letting Go of Transitional Objects

1. Let your child decide when they’re ready. Most kids automatically put their
transitional object aside as they grow up. Ideally, this will occur before they start
kindergarten to avoid potential teasing.

2. Save it for bedtime. You can help the process along by limiting the time your
child spends with their favorite possession. Suggest using it only as a special
bedtime treat.

3. Use two hands. Your child may want to hand you their blanket if they get
excited about an activity requiring two hands. Get them engaged in popsicle
stick crafts or tying their shoes.

4. Leave it at home. Gradually start leaving the toy or blanket at home for longer
intervals. Reassure your child that it’s safe.

5. Switch to photos. Photos are a subtler way to carry around reminders of home.
Slip a picture of the whole family into your child’s pocket.

6. Keep material objects in perspective. Your kids will follow your lead. If you
value people and experiences more than possessions, they’re less likely to form
excessive attachments.

Dealing with Other Common Issues

1. Keep it clean. A lot of bacteria can build up on an item that’s constantly exposed
to saliva, skin, and kitchen floors. If your child resists handing it over on laundry
day, let them help with the scrubbing.

2. Forget about sharing. It’s okay to let the transitional object be an exception to
the usual rules about sharing. Having exclusive use of the item will keep your
child calmer and reduce the spread of germs.

3. Double up. Having a look-alike blanket or toy comes in handy for accidental
losses, as well as cleaning sessions. Cut the original blanket in half or buy two of
the same items.

4. Prepare for demanding times. Just when you think a stuffed horse has gone to
live on a shelf, your child may want it back beside them. Events like a divorce or
a parent returning to work outside the home may call for extra consolation

5. Distinguish between blankets and pacifiers. While teddy bears generally
qualify for tolerance, many experts are less enthusiastic about pacifiers. If
you’re concerned about ear infections and teeth alignment, talk with your
doctor and dentist.

Transitional objects are a natural part of growing up. Keep the “blankie” or toy clean so
it can comfort your child until they’re ready to let it go.

Leroy Ross

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