February 2013 Moms

"Lovey" benefits

What's the benefits to LOs having a "lovey"? I know lots of kids with them, so I know they had to introduced at some point. Just curious. DS doesn't have anything at this point.
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Re: "Lovey" benefits

  • I never heard this term until the bump, but obviously a special blankie or toy can mean a lot to a kiddo. DS has a little goodnight moon bunny that he loves, and if he has that and a binky he'll fall asleep in the crib on his own [and then I take it away once he's asleep]. No harm in introducing one as far as I know, but I might have a backup. Ill be buying another bunny in case anything happens to this one...
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  • I have been working on giving dd a lovey. So far she could care less. Ds had one that really helped him sleep better. Now that one has turned into having 20 stuffed "friends" in the bed with him every time he sleeps!
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  • Yeah mine has a lovey. Didn't even mean it to happen. It's a little monkey blankie/rattle. I think it was my favorite of his toys so I just started toting it around more. It's also the stuffed animal I bring to comfort him after shots so that kinda sealed the deal ;)
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  • DS hasn't taken to anything yet, and right now that works for everyone. My almost 8 year old niece has had a small blanket that she's used as a lovey since birth, and lemme tell ya, it ain't pretty when it goes missing for a little while. If DS does become attached to something, I won't keep it from him, but for now he goes to bed with nothing and if it's not broken, no need to fix it.
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    I have yet to have a kid that "clicked" with a lovey. I tried forcing it on them, like look here is a little toy or blanket I carried around in my bra so it would smell like me and you should loooovvveeee it. My sister's little girl had one, some random full sized blanket she found around the house. She cut it into fours so it was easier to carry around, and so she had 3 back ups should anything happen. If my niece was ever sad, or angry my sister would toss her the lovey, and she would calm down. It was like a paci, but not :) It seems like she was older than our LOs (like oneish) when she clommed onto it.
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  • DD doesn't have anything yet. We rotate between lots of different toys when we go out or even just playing around the house, so she hasn't become attached to any one thing. We also don't put any blankets or toys in the crib. I kind of assumed that as she gets older and prefers certain toys over others, and we allow her to have something in the crib, she'll pick a lovie.
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  • DItto what the pp's have said.  I think DS was between 1 - 1 1/2 when he really started to get attached to his "lovey" (blanket).

    He mostly uses it for sleeping or when he gets upset.  As pp said, its great for when he's mad/in trouble, it helps him calm down.

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  • My girls each attached to a specific blanket at a very young age. I neither introduced nor pushed it, but they both had a very specific preference by 4 months or so. They were so attached that I had to get a second for each of them in order to wash them!

    With my son, after seeing how the girls were, I chose a blanket that I always put with him and preemptively got a second one. 

    The advantage is is that no matter where we go, who they're with, what the situation is they are able to cuddle up with their blankies and be comforted. It often helps them sleep in unfamiliar locations (even at almost 6 and 4). 

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  • DS sort of has a lovie. It's a little frog that attaches to his binky. It's super soft and he loves to rub it over his face. Kid's a weirdo. :P 

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  • DD1 was a thumb sucker, so she already had a crutch. Whenever we noticed she was getting attached to a specific stuffed animal or blanket it would suddenly go missing for a few weeks.

    DD2 would love to get attached to one of her aiden and anais blankets, but since they're SIDS hazards we don't let her sleep wih one. When she in her carseat she love to snuggle and suck on them.
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  • Dd has favorites for a while then it changes. She currently hasn't had one for about a month. for the longest time it was Owl from Winnie the Pooh.

    Ds has a blankie thing with a flower in the middle and it is pink. Did got a bunch of these kind of loveys and didn't like them so I was testing it out before I bought him one. He loves it. And I kept forgetting to buy him a boy one. Then when I finally did, he was too attached to his flower. I don't mind him having agirlie toy, but people do make comments, so I don't like to take it any where
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    DS hasn't taken to anything yet, and right now that works for everyone. My almost 8 year old niece has had a small blanket that she's used as a lovey since birth, and lemme tell ya, it ain't pretty when it goes missing for a little while. If DS does become attached to something, I won't keep it from him, but for now he goes to bed with nothing and if it's not broken, no need to fix it.


    Omg this. Both my nieces go into major meltdown mode when they don't have their lovey at bedtime. After 7 years of being dragged around everywhere they are the most ratty, gross looking things too....And I still gave my DD one. We got so many at my shower. DD hated the car seat so I tried giving her one on car rides and it did help. Hopefully I don't let it get to the point of meltdowns if she doesn't have it.
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  • I only use one occasionally at nap time.  DD is SO tactile lately, just feeling everything. When she was trying to fall asleep, she would scratch the sheets.  So I thought something soft might help soothe her.  I don't know if it makes her fall asleep any faster, but she seems to like it. 

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