What is a lovey baby blanket?

What are lovey blankets for?

What is a lovey? In the traditional sense, a lovey is any item that a child bonds with in order to feel comforted and secure. Most children gravitate toward a blanket, a stuffed animal or a toy. Modern marketing has coined the “lovey” to be a soft, cloth toy meant for kids to cuddle up to and sleep with.

What is the point of a baby lovey?

The purpose of having a lovey in the crib is to give your baby assurance and comfort. It is supposed to smell like you, remind your baby of happy times, and comfort him when he’s sleeping alone in his crib. You’re not going to get to that point with a few nursing sessions, my friend.

Do babies need a lovey?

Good news — when your child is old enough to have a security object, there’s no need to avoid a lovey. When your child is ready (and when it’s safe) to introduce a security object, it may actually help improve any sleep training you’re currently doing or plan to do in the future.

How do I choose a lovey for my baby?

When the timing is right, pick the perfect lovey! It should be small (think washcloth sized), and made of light material. Avoid any beady eyes, loose clothing, bows or ribbons, or pieces that could come unattached.

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Is it too late to introduce a lovey?

When can you introduce a lovey, stuffed animal, or other comfort item? According the the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is not safe to have anything in your child’s crib until she is 12 months old, and it’s at this time you can offer a small blankie or stuffed animal.

Why do babies like blankets on their face?

If a baby is securely attached to their blankie or lovey, instead of crying out and needing mom or dad to comfort him back to sleep, he will find his beloved blankie, snuggle with it, sniff it, rub it on his face, and/or suck on it, and go back to sleep. This is your baby using his blankie to self soothe.

What age can baby sleep with blanket?

You may be tempted to offer your baby a soft, warm blanket to help comfort them at night. However, blankets are not recommended until your baby reaches at least 12 months old because they can increase the risk of accidental suffocation.

Is a lovey safe in crib?

The best time to introduce a Lovey like a blankie or stuffed toy is around 12 months. The only lovey your baby should have prior is a pacifier or auditory white noise. By 12 months, your baby has been free of swaddling for a long while and is able to grab onto the lovey in the crib.