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At what age should a boy let go of his blankie and favorite stuffed animal?

  • Jessica
    Jun 19

    My son at age 8 still has his favorite stuffed animal since 4mo old in bed with him at night and will have it around the house. He doesn’t need it but prefers to have it with him. As far as I concerned he can keep it as long as he wants. It’s for him to say he is ready to let go and be without it.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 19

    The DH is not agreeing... says enough with the baby stuff. 🙄

  • Andrea
    Jun 19

    What is the reason that DH wants him to be rid of these comfort items? It’s very healthy for children to have these kinds of lovies. They can be calming and comforting and help them process their emotions. Why would he want to take that away from him?

  • Lisa
    Jun 19

    My 3 year old just started leaving blankie home when we go on car rides, or if he brings him in the car usually can talk him into leaving there while in a store... I let him decide and he seems to be fine with it... I don’t ask if we have it when leaving to go somewhere and if we get there and he asks I say he is waiting at home for you. I see no problem with sleeping with a lovie no matter the age.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 19

    Andrea- he thinks he’s too old- he’s 9 1/2

  • Alex
    Jun 19

    Every kid is different but unless you notice there is something wrong about him and the toy ( dirty toy, maybe make him sick) I don’t see the need to take it away from him. In my case my son has been attached with several toys just for moments none for long time.

  • Meeta
    Jun 19

    My 3 year old doesn't have a favorite. It goes from pens to all sorts of things. What should I do.

  • Alicia
    Jun 20

    DH needs to understand this is not about being a baby, it’s about comfort. Even as adults we have times we need items that comfort us, whether it be a blanket a favorite robe, pillow, etc. I think it’s important that children be able to let go of these items on their own, otherwise it can cause issues down the road.

  • Ariana
    Jun 20

    When they are comfortable. Kids hold on to them for different reason. My son never really had a favorite stuffed animal.

  • Jaz
    Jun 20

    My daughter is 13 and still holds on to her favorite stuffed animal.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 20

    My sister is 25 and still has her old blanket in her nightstand. lol More of a keepsake at this point, but still. Meant enough that she's kept it all these years. I think he will give it up when he's ready.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 20

    My husband still has his blanket and uses it ssoooo yeah. Maybe just suggest that the blanket, toy whatever s home is the bed so the child always has it at night but that it can’t leave it’s “home”

  • Superdad
    Jun 21

    Why would you want to do that!? It could be there’re using it as emotion support or something else that is lacking in their life. I would never make an issue of this and let them decide when they feel ‘old enough’.

  • Carol
    Jun 21

    Our daughter is 35, single and still sleeps with her childhood blanket. Our son use to come home for breaks from college and pull his baby comforter out and sleep with it. He’s now 44 married and has it packed away. When I started kindergarten my Mother said she needed to wash my blanket, I never saw it again.😥

  • Brigitte
    Jun 21

    I totally don't see a need to take it away. I think especially for a boy it's healthy and important to nurture sentimentality that is often seen as a weakness for men in our culture. I know a lot of grown men that could have probably benefited from holding on to their teddy bears a little while longer. 😂😏

  • Stay-At-Home Dan
    Jun 21

    If I had one I would use it still. I hope my daughter keeps her blanket.

  • Jill
    Jun 21

    Um, I still have a comfort item. I'm 48.... My parents tried to take it away from me my whole childhood, it made no sense to me. It was comfortable when I slept, still is. Adults become attached to a pillow or blanket to sleep, shouldn't be any different for a child. So my answer? No age, as long as it makes them comfortable in a positive way.

  • Superdad
    Jun 21

    One of my X’s had a piece of a pajama pant leg that she would smell to go to sleep. She called it Pearl. I thought it was cute! 😍

  • Julie
    Jun 22

    I would say whenever he’s ready...same as girls! I still pull out my lovey when my husband is traveling and I have to sleep alone. I’m 37.

  • Mary Rose
    Aug 01

    My daughter it 13 and she still sleeps with it...😬 she doesn't take it to camps/sleepovers etc. and can sleep without it, though