How to introduce baby a security blanket or favorite toy to sleep with?

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Dec 19, 2018

    No blankets until well after a year old as they pose a suffocation risk. If baby is still very young the safest security item would be a pacifier. Toys should not be in the crib with baby as well. My son has a musical puppy that also vibrates and I keep outside of the crib (on the dresser nearby) and I turn it on when I lay him down for naps and bedtime. I have been using it since he was born. He also uses a pacifier.

  • Iris
    Dec 19, 2018

    I gave the lovey to my baby while he was nursing to play with. He only got it when nursing so he associated the lovey with the calm/soothing feelings of nursing. When he was ready (he’s crawling, cruising, and very physically advanced), we let him have it in his crib. I have a video monitor and watched like a hawk, but he’s great with it. We started only at nap time until I was comfortable with him having it all night.

  • Kieli
    Dec 19, 2018

    I call my daughters blanket her “Mimi” so I would wrap her in it and we would watch some nursery rhymes before bedtime and nap time. I just started doing this about 3 months ago, when she was 13 months old. Now she can’t sleep without her “mimi”

  • Lynn
    Dec 19, 2018

    It’s been my experience with 2 kids that they are the ones who choose the blanket, friend, or both. No matter which one you put next to them in hopes that they attach.

  • AVG
    Dec 19, 2018

    Thank you ladies

  • Rachel
    Dec 20, 2018

    The ONLY downside to having a favorite toy or blanket - once they’re in the safe range to have it at all times of the day. Is when they have to be without it for any duration of time or if it is ever misplaced. 🤦🏾‍♀️ My 3 year old’s world just completely ends - or so he feels - if/when we forget his blanket, as we’re headed out the door for work, church, or an activity. So my recommendation. Buy multiple (two, maybe even three) of said favorite toy, blanket, “lovey” or “Mimi”.

  • Jennifer
    Dec 20, 2018

    My 3 year old loves her blanket! This isn’t something we encouraged, just kind of happened. Some kids have a blanket, favorite stuffed animal, etc others don’t

  • Oscar
    Dec 20, 2018

    It is recommended to leave infant under 12 months to sleep without blanket, stuffed animals. Check out this SIDS video: https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/resources/caregivers/videos

  • Lisa
    Dec 21, 2018

    Also agree the kids will pick a comfort object. I wouldn’t force it.

  • Lindsey
    Jan 11, 2019

    I tried with a lovie but he never got into it. Just a pacifier, which a lot of the posts here are saying is a lot safer.