When you think of kids and their blankies I think it’s hard not to think of Linus from the Peanuts gang. He carries his blue blanket with him every where he goes. Lucy is always making some comment or another about Linus,’ “stupid blanket,” but he always manages to show her how wrong she is about his blanket by doing something with it like opening mailboxes.
I grew up with a Linus type of mentality. My brother and I both had blankies (in fact I had two) that we were very attached to. They were everything to us. Of course eventually we both got to the point that we realized we didn’t need them anymore and we put them away, but we both made the decision by ourselves to do so. Even though they aren’t in the best of shape my mother has kept them in the trunk of her room where she keeps other such special items.
When I found out I was expecting I knew I had to find my child the perfect blankie. To be the perfect one it had to be Winnie the Pooh (my brother’s blanket and mine were both Pooh) and it had to had satin all of the way around the outside. Finding such a blanket wasn’t easy, but I found one I really liked at Meijer.
When Nick was born though I realized that the blanket was a bit big for him still, so I gave him a Winnie the Pooh lovie to cuddle with. He did like it (or them since we have five of the same one), but it was only somewhat important to him. A few months ago I decided it was time to break out his big blankie though. He didn’t care about it too much at first, but that has really changed in the last month or so.
Nick has reached the point where his blankie is his everything. It means a lot to us too because if Nick is crying you can easily get him to stop if you give him his blankie and his binkie. He grabs that thing and snuggles his head right into it. On Friday he even hit the point where he was ready to walk around carrying his blankie which was no easy task since he kept tripping on it (I had to carry the extra that was dragging on the floor behind him).
I know not everyone likes getting their child attached to a certain stuffed animal or blanket, but to me it is a very important thing. Having a special blankie was so important in my young life, and I wanted Nick to have that same support and comfort.