Hold on tight! Lil ones' security blankets or loveys often feel as if they're attached to our kids by a string. Some won't leave the home without them, and others can't fathom sleeping on their own. For tots whose loveys are placed on a pedestal, there are several options for giving them the honor they are due. Check out these five fun ways to celebrate them.
Lucas' lovey was nowhere to be found tonight. Olivia said she lost it at the swings. I wasn't sure if the intel of a 3 1/2 year-old could be trusted, so we continued to look. Grace pinged the person who watched them today, but before we heard back, I had to go looking for it. At 10pm, armed with a flashlight, I drove over to Washington Park. I checked everywhere and peeked inside all the trash cans, but eventually gave up.
On the way home, I got a text from Grace that the lovey was indeed taken to the park, but its return could not be confirmed. I then felt compelled to go look again, and this time I actually went poking through all the garbage cans with a stick.
Lucas actually has two loveys - one green and one yellow. They are non-descript little rag dolls with no brand or other markings. We have no idea where they came from. Grace has searched high and low for replacements, wanting to avoid Olivia's kitty debacle. My mother went so far as to knit him two replacements, and urged us to attach them to his real loveys. Unfortunately, Lucas would not give the impostors a second look.
To be honest, the yellow one has always been #2, which is why I didn't go diving into the bottom of all the garbage cans with my hands (I can confirm that there was a lot of yogurt and diapers in every one). I also refrained from posting something on craigslist, when I saw that most of the lost items were dogs, cats and 14K gold keepsakes. Some of you may know that the lovey is worth more than its weight in gold. This is a dark day.
We still have hope that it will turn up.
Children's security blankets or loveys come in all shapes and sizes. From the standard blanket to a stuffed animal or pillowcase that helps a lil one feel safe during stressful times. While some tots only need their lovey to fall asleep, others keep them within arms reach throughout the day.
Suri Cruise left a five-star New York City restaurant the other night with her arms full of cuddly stuffed animals and that got me thinking. In my family, my son knows that his favorite stuffed animal is not allowed outside of the home unless we are going on a trip. Several friends have also told me about they have restrictions on their children's blankets. Do you put limits on where your kid can carry their lovey?
Like Linus clinging to his blanket and sucking his thumb in the Peanuts comic strips, lil ones love the sense of security that a transitional object provides them during times of stress. Many sleep experts encourage the introduction of a "blankee" or "lovey" to help tots learn to soothe themselves back to sleep rather than crying out for mom. For some, the object takes the form of a blanket or stuffed animal, while others turn to more unusual objects that have been with them since birth.
While my kids have turned to particularly soft stuffed animals to help them through rough patches, I've seen wee ones cling to everything from dad's tattered undershirts to baby socks to provide them with the comfort they seek. What do your children call a lovey?
Neither my daughter or son sleeps with a particular stuffed animal or blanket, but numerous friends have told me their children do. And, that they introduced lovies like this one from Red Envelope early on in sleep training sessions to help their kids feel comfortable when falling asleep on their own at night.
Most parents also advise that new parents invest in more than one since kids quickly become attached to the blankie and hell breaks loose when it's being laundered or lost.