For many babies and toddlers, the security blanket or "blankie" is an essential part of childhood. This cuddly and much-loved item has also saved many a parent from sleepless nights or stress-filled outings.
There is something very endearing about seeing a small child or baby clutching their blankie. The image is not only cute, but it brings to mind snuggly, sleepy children and a peaceful break for a tired mum.
During a child's early years, the security blanket almost seems to be part of the family. Packing the nappy bag for an outing? Into the bag must go the snacks, water, baby rattle, bib, nappies, wet wipes.... and blankie!
Personifying their blankie increases a child’s attachment to it. With a name and personality, the blankie becomes as real as any of their friends. A little person asking for “Dashie” or “Banjo” so that they can take a nap is one of the sweetest things you can hear.
A security blanket is a comforter for the child and an assurance to the parents that, once the blanket is in hand, their baby will soon be napping. Here, we look at how to introduce a blanket to your baby.