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Are Blankets Okay for Baby?

My daughter seems to be especially attached to one of her blankets. Will she be able to sleep without it?

Re: My daughter seems to be especially attached to one of her blankets. Will she be able to sleep without it?

The Bump Expert

Many babies, especially as they approach their first birthday, adopt a lovey (also known as a security, comfort, or transitional object). It's actually a good sign. It shows that your daughter is finding a way to soothe herself when she's anxious or away from you. So embrace the blankie!

To ward off potential disasters, see if you can find another blanket just like the favorite, and rotate the two so they wear equally. Or you can cut the blankie in half. Wash them regularly so your daughter doesn't get too attached to the smell of the unwashed blankie (ick). And if you establish a crib-only rule for the blanket now, you'll likely save yourself some headaches down the road.

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP

re: Q: Are Blankies OK?

My son has adopted the blankie as a lovie also, and thankfully we were gifted with three blankies that have almost identical textures (in fact, two of them do!). Also, they are easy to find at Target, Babies R Us, even Meijer and other convenience stores. They are sold by Carters. Honestly, I prefer him to be so attached to the blankies, because he has gradually weaned himself off of the pacifiers. Just as long as blankie is touching his face he falls asleep beautifully!

ReneeDerek04 |

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My son LOVES his blanket. He can sleep without it...but definetly prefers to have it! LOL. He has slept with it since he was about 3 months old.

sarahnbrandon |

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You know I found this kind of funny. I'm 12 wks pregnant and 24 years old. I still sleep with my three baby blankets. I think its great that kids latch onto such a neutral security item. I plan on making ones similiar for my baby, and successive babies so they all know the comfort of a security item. Even as an adult I find comfort in such a simplistic thing because frankly, your husband cant be there 24/7 and when I hit those odd weepy moments in pregnancy {I see a cute baby commercial, or adorable little animals, or cute baby clothes} I have something to hold that doesnt judge me for that moment of weakness. {I have two cats and trust me 'they' judge me when I hold them for security.}

FallenAngelic1 |

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I'm 25, and I still have my blankie. My mom used to ask me what I would do when I got married. I told her that if my husband couldn't accept my blankie, then I wasn't marrying the right man.

AuntJenelle |

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My son loves his "bankies" we were lucky enough that he isnt too picky on which blanket it is that he picks up, as long as he has one he can drag around the house. We have a no kitchen/bathroom rule for the blankets, (Because that's icky!) and he is usually pretty god when we leave the house. We'd only take one with if its a whole day away from home or a doctor appointments with (gasp) shots. But on the whole Blankets are great! It entertains him and with it not needing to be a specific blanket, helps with equal wear on them (What we did was swap often when he was younger like in the carseats and crib and such. ) Best of luck!!

miss_beckman |

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My son also sleeps with a blanket, which is not recommended. The reason I let him sleep with this blanket is that it is crocheted, so that it has lots of wholes in it, so if he does inadvertantly cover his face with it while sleeping, he will still be able to breath through it. I think blankies are fine, as long as if your baby covers his mouth and nose with it, he can still breath. I also think some kind of secruity item is a great idea, it helps a baby & later a child to self sooth. Children who are allowed to use a security blanket or item until they're ready to give it up on their own (no matter what the age, 5 or 25) are much less likely to have addictive behavoir as adults. If taken away too soon, babies tend to have a higher rate of addictive behavior. (I read that a LONG time ago and it's how I justified having my own blanket until college!). Good luck.

Tania05 |

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she will be able to sleep with out it some day but don't forse her to do it because that gives her a sence of security

arathcesar |

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I agree with everyone. I'm 26 and still have my blankie. My husband doesn't care. It usually just sits on top of my pillow on my bed except when I am alone and sad or I am sick, it is comforting. Even if it is just to use it as a pillow. I don't remember having a hard time when it came to not taking it everywhere I went. When I was really young dish towels were my blankie so they were easy to get and I wasn't picky. As I got older the blanket my great-grandma made became my blankie and that's the one I still have today. I have been encouraging my 7 week old to hold on to something he can cuddle with. It would be very helpful if he can hold it sometimes instead of me. I think the blankie goes away when the time is right, even if it's never completely out of sight.

ash138 |

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My 10 month old LOVES his lovey- which is sort of a mini quilt. We use it only in the crib, so he knows when he gets the blankie, it is time for night-night. So far, it has worked beautifully....although I know that when he gets bigger, he will be less compliant with the rules!! :) He has a blanket at each of his Grandma's house too, but the one at home is clearly his favorite. We have let him have it all night since he was 6 months old. From 0-3 months, he was in the bassinet with nothing, from 3-6 mths, he would fall asleep with the blanket, but then I would sneak in after he was asleep and steal it so he wouldn't accidently put it over his mouth or nose. I think he is even more adorable (if that is possible) when he is curled up in his lovey!!! I'm not sure of the blanket has anything to do with it, but he has always been a GREAT sleeper! He has slept 12 hours a night AND has taken 2 pretty long naps a day since he was 3 months old! He is such a good boy! When it is time for bed, he nurses until drowsy, and then I put him in his crib. He snuggles up with his blanket and puts himself to sleep within 5 minutes. Did we hit the baby jackpot or what?!?? :)

Jakey's Mommy |

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Im so happy ready this and finding out that im not the only 23 year who still has her blankie lol.....My mom always told me the same thing "What are you guna do when you get married?" My hubby excepts me and my blankie with open arms, Im 10 weeks and my little lovey comes along he or she will have a blankie too!<3

FUTUREMRSDEO |

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reading** ooppss sorry lol

FUTUREMRSDEO |

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yes they can sllep with blankets but its recommended that they dnt bc they can suffocate themselves....butt i learned teh hard way that its better to use a full body sleeper..its cheap and u can buy it at walmart target or khols...it covers teh feet like a sack nd they sleep comfortably..bc i used them with my son nd i plan on it with my daughter tooo!!but also its ur child soo do as you please hun

Lyssahodges |

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Don't know...

Thomas0725 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My 4 month old baby loves his blankets. I have several of the Gymboree blankets, which are soft and don't overheat him. He loves to snuggle with it right before he falls asleep. I put part of it inbetween his arm and his cheek. I was really worried when he started doing this, because I didn't want him to soffocate himself. I check on him regularly and he is safe. I think blankets are okay, but you do need to watch them with them.

SinatraBaby |

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my blanket went to college with me (subtly) and when i got married, it was put in a drawer in my nightstand. I hope my mom will make one for our baby just like the one she made for me! Every child needs something comforting to hold on to.

harpmom |

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It's so great to read about others who still sleep with their blankets! I'm 27 (only 4 weeks pregnant), and I still sleep with my blanket. My husband used to refer to it as "his nemesis" but now he's pretty used to it. I mostly use it instead of a pillow at this point, but you can always tell when I don't feel well, because I grab it right away! There is nothing wrong with having something that you always sleep with.

GreenPapaya |

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Like many others, I still have my blanket at 24 years old. My mom was skeptical but my hubby is often out of town on business, and that blanket is really helpful when I am missing him! I am 13 weeks and will be offering my baby a blankie too. My plan is to wait until my baby is between 6 and 9 months to give the blanket. I don't want to risk SIDS when he or she is so little, but near the 9 month mark is probably safer. I also want to adopt the "crib only" method so that baby doesn't think we can take the blanket out.

larivierek |

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I have a baby pillow that was made for me when I was born. 21 years later its followed me to 2 different colleges, a whole different state, and now sits proudly every day on my marriage bed. I don't sleep with it every night (i have another softer pillow for that), but I do keep it near for those times when I just need something to hold and my dogs (3) and cat (1) don't want to be cuddled. This pillow would travel with me 600 miles every time I would come up to NJ from NC to visit my mom. Having parents that split before I even started school and having to travel so far away was stressful on me, but being able to take me pillow with me helped me to feel safe, secure, and at home. Throughout my life I've had different stuffed animals, cuddle pillows, and blankets that I have slept with or hugged when I wasn't feeling my best, but only this baby pillow has gone everywhere with me and always been by my side no matter where I was or what I was doing. I think kids having an object (pillow, blanket, animal) that they can use when they need to feel secure is great. And as they get older they will want it less and less (atleast in public) but that one special item will travel with them their whole lives and be something they can later show off to their own kids, and grandkids and tell them the stories about all the times their lovey helped them get through a tough time.

masters_theater |

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I'm 23 and still have my blankie...haha

carrollki13 |

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My mother had a good system for the blankie. I had one as a small child, but Mom said, "When you turn 5 you will be a big girl, and blankie will have to go in the closet." She started this preparation for separation around the time I was 4. By the time my 5th birthday rolled around, I was mentally ready to give up my blankie, and I put it away myself. I think this was an excellent step towards maturity.

angelofmusic219 |

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I am 31 and I still sleep with my blanket. My husband teases me a little bit, but he will get over it. :) I just love to sleep with it and use it as a pillow and go to sleep with the soft silky edges it my hand or touching my skin. I don't know what makes such a strong connection but it is definitely a comfort thing. We'll see if my kids have them, I guess it will be up to them:)

manderine1 |

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It's interesting to see all the different things that people got attatched to growing up. I also agree that it's good for a baby/child to have something comforting, and I can't wait to see what my child chooses. For me it was a teddy bear named 'Old Bear'. He was my dad's when he was a kid and I got attatched to him when I was VERY young and slept with him untill I was 17 or so. He went through a lot of stages where all his stuffing would fall out, or he would lose his ear, or eye and mom would fix him again and again for me. I took him everywhere. So interesting. =)

kal08290 |

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Yes blankets are okay but if the child gets to attached to the same one you would just have to break them at a certain age. True story my little cousin just turned 6 and cannot part with a blanket he had since he was a baby. He can't do anything with that blanket and want even take a new blanket I don't think thats healthy for him for his age.

brittina10 |

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My daughter is 20moonths old and she is a regular linus from the peanuts crew! she loves having a blanket with her everywhere.. but good thing is she inst attached to just one she loves them all! so i made sure i have about 6 different ones for her to snuggle with, drag along, and sleep with..so when one is dirty i just switch it out for another one! it could be worse she could end up like me still sicking my thumb in my sleep at 25!!! lol! seriously ill take her blanket addiction any day! luckily she never took to a nookie or thumb sucking so yea for the blanky!!!

soccermom1122 |

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mashay05 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

Many kids are attached to a blaket. When my little sister was small she was attached to a blanket. Your daughter will soon get over it.

ilovehem |

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I am glad to see this. I just had this discussion with my husband the other day. I am 24 and I sleep with my blanky on my pillow every night. Especially when I am not feeling good, there is a sence of comfort there. My 14 month old has taken after me and he has to have his blanky to sleep. He actually sleeps with two. One to snuggle and the other to cover him. I find nothing wrong with a blanky.

Chrisanddannielle |

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I'm another 26-year-old who still has her blankie. I don't sleep with it anymore, but I adamantly maintained that I couldn't sleep without it until I was 12 years old, and if my parents hadn't gotten divorced then and I hadn't left it at the other house one too many times, I might still be sleeping with it today! Still, I'm a stable, securely-attached individual with no social problems. So I wouldn't worry about the blankie issue.

Snapdragon750 |

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I think it is ok my daughter uses a blanket all the time and she seems to be doin great with it

PreemieMommy22 |

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it really depends because my sister-in-law had got a blanket at her baby shower that she gave to my niece nd she held on to that thing for about 7 to 8 years we just now getting rid of it and she almost 9

moniq1 |

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My son is the same sometimes

iloveu4ever |

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My daughter has had her blanky for a long time, I think she will be the one to give it up. After I have taken the bottle and pacifier I am letting her keep the blanky as long as she likes! And it is hard for them to give them up! But it does not harm them in anyway like the pacifier can hurt their teeth structure after extended use.

Toddler101 |

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try to have her sleep without it and if she does not sleep take it away on her own termes

roseandcora |

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I'll be 27 this year and I still sleep with my teddy bear every night. My husband even knows to make sure I have it when he comes to bed at night. I don't think it's ever caused any issues and I probably would have been sad to have it taken from me.

brunoshort |

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Aw, that reminds me of myself. I used to love my blanket so much that I cried and yelled at my mom when she threw it away in 5th grade. I never took it with me or embarrassed my parents with it, but I was definitely a little obsessed with it. At worst your daughter may end up like me. I love having a blanket at night, even when it's hot, and I can't watch a good movie without one either. Other than that I'm a pretty well adjusted adult these days so don't worry to much about it. ;-P

achill88 |

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Im a mother of 2 and expecting as we speak i have a daughter named sage who is 8 and a son named mason who is 5 and my husband samuel were a rodeo family and my 2 kids never got attached to a blanket they got attached to stuffed animal but never a blanket.

lulu852 |

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yes blankets are ok she may have a fit at some point i would let her decied when to let it go... BabyFetus Ticker

erniesbabymom |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

In my husband's family it is a tradition to have a blankie. When they get bigger they transition to what my husband calls his "smelly" pillow. All of the children fall asleep sniffing their blankets or pillows. So instead of facing embarassment when they are at a friend's house for having a blankie, they have their own pillow that they can take with out fear.

bunnyslady |

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of course))))))))

Viktoria85 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My cousin gave birth last week and I had to buy her a present.I was shopping in the Mall and I found some sets for newborns containing a blanket, two infant headbands and bootees.I've liked it a lot and I bought it especially because everything is pink and the little girl will be just like a princess.My cousin was very glad and she loves my present.

crazysony |

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Its common in my family to have a blanket that they are attached to. My aunt is like 50something and still uses a fu (that's what my family calks loveys) my son is now two and has a fu. He will not sleep without it but we have established the only in your bed rule so he wont take it out in public<3

edsmomma |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My son is going to be 7 in October. He has a blankie. He sometimes still has to have it at nite but for the most part he doesn't carry it anymore. He just has to have it on his bed where he knows it's safe. My daughter is 2 and a half months old and she loves her blankie. She likes to grab it and put it over her face to go to sleep. I always pull it off. I think your baby will be fine.

AndreaS1206 |

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my daughter loves her blankie as well. We rotate between 3 because there's one that never leaves the house. She can deal without her paci at times but she definitely needs her blankie.

tabetha2010 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My LO has been sleeping with her blanket since she was born but on occasion she will sleep without it and be fine.

aryialsmommy |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

I didn't use a blanket until mine was 7 months.....overly precautious I guess!

Cinderella1414 |

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Weening is healthy :-)

MaryjanezMommy |

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I agree... I am 29 years old and still sleep with mine every night. Heck my mom even brought it to me in the hospital after my c-section and it just made me feel better quicker. :) My son has a horse blankie toy that he absolutely loves and can't sleep with that or an afghan my dad's boss' wife made for him. He absolutely loves it.

jjacobs83 |

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afshanlak@yahoo.co.uk |

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I am 30 years old and I still have my blankie. I just had a baby girl in November and she already has a blankie the only mistake I made was letting her dad only buy one now we cannot find that type of blanket any where

Babygirl4201981 |

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Why not! we all have some favorites in every thing so why babies can't have and now a days babies are more conscious in in selecting clothes as compared to elders. kids clothes

harun55 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

Maybe she may but she may not she will get over it after while

chiquuen1 |

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It's good to hear that other adults stilll have their beloved blankies! I'm 30 and while I don' t have the original I have a similar small silky one I still hold when I'm sick or stressed. Plan on giving one to our LO too

EvieMcSwain |

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no i dont think s cause i have a daughter too nd she did the same so i took it away nd some times let her cry it out or put tv in front of her

sexylexie1 |

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I'm 20 and just had a baby girl I have a lovey that I had gotten when I was 5 its a stuffed dog I washed it in the drift and had it with me when I had my daughter it lives in the diaper bag with my daughters lovey which is multi colored sock monkey that I have to have with her, lol it might sound lame me being 20 but I still have my lovey with me. I can't break myself of it.

skinnyminimommy |

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To be honest I didn't believe that a child could be attracted to a blanket, but I've bought a soft cotton blanket from an online store and it seems that my daughter is very fond of it. Now I don't know what to do to help her to get rid of this habit.

lionking44 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

Blankets are fine as long as the baby is being supervised..otherwise the baby can get tangled in the blanket...

Ligilove |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

Answer : yes!:) blankets are good for little ones because they feel a sense of security around them and alsoits cuddley and soft...how can u not them? I still have a "woobie" and I love it...so my option is yes:)

Jeanaslittleangel |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

I STILL sleep with my baby blanket! I'm 25 years old!! Haha. I just sleep so much better with it! Kind of embarrassing, but it's because I never slept without it! So, I'll be making sure DD doesn't get too attached to her blankie!

erdonaldson0730 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My youngest son was attached to his blue baby blanket up to around 3 years old. I let him have it because I was the same way when I was a baby (I was told) and outgrew it eventually and so he did to. It took about 3 months to wean him off I would just cut a little piece of it off at a time till there was nothing left!

ba23ba02 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

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tareelolo |

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My son already has a favorite blanky at three months lucky us we got two of the same that two different friends got for him lol it's awsome to have a spAre when the other one is dirty and in the wash

Bentleysmommy1216 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

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adamandeve1 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My daughter LOVES hr blankie! Having five kids makes for a hectic household so on one occasion we lost her blanket but thankfully we had a backup. I would highly recommend having a backup blanket because in the event of a lost blanket with no replacement, I can only imagine what a hard night that would be.

maddymommy5 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

We allow ours one for naps (because she's not unattended) and on car rides. We don't want her to sleep the night with one, just because she is teething on it and I don't want it up around her face.

aibrean |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

That's OK,eventually they'll going to take that off when they're old. Baby blankets gives courage and independence from their young. Someone says, "Where she could find the best baby blankets? And I say :D - Choofie baby blankets, http://www.choofie.com.au/.

choofiebaby |

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yes

SAMMYSAMMY1234 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

Any source of harmless comfort that my LO embraces, is welcome in my book!!!! :)

AllisonBarney123 |

Q&A: Are blankets okay for baby?

My brother's son also same as your daughter, he not adopt on blankets,but he adopt his shoes and clothes,I was bought one pair shoes for him on www.aliexpress.com/store/235158,he likes it very much and always wear it,even it was broken,he does not take off it even I have bought a new one for he. he said that the new shoes is not comfortable first.but when he try it,he does not like take off.The action like he is normal or not?

vickywang0208 |

Are Blankets Okay for Baby?

It's normal and a good thing for children to have something to use to self sooth. To keep it from getting out of hand, like them needing to have the blanket everywhere, or them still needing the blanket years from now you just have to establish rules as to when it can be used. For example: only allowing them to have the blanket when they are in their bed, as opposed to just letting them walk around the house with it all day. This way they still have it to help them feel secure when in bed but they don't become dependent on always having it with them.

jenelle620 |

Are Blankets Okay for Baby?

I had asked our pediatrician about this as well. She said if the baby is old enough to turn on both sides without difficulty, and it's a thin blanket, suffocation is less of a concern than strangulation. So just make sure it's small enough that it's not going to get wrapped around his/her neck.

shepherdblue |

Are Blankets Okay for Baby?

can you put a blanket on your baby?

isbella33 |

Are Blankets Okay for Baby?

Love dem!! We recently moved our son to big toddler bed. To encourage him to stay in his own bed, we gifted him a luxury toddler duvet by baby deedee. It immediately became his security object. He loves it so much that wouldn't even let us wash. The next thing I am going to do is to order one more in same color. Dream blue.. Love dem!! www.babydeedee.com/products/36

lilly&rose |