Not many months after a baby is born many seem to form an emotional attachment to a comforter. Young babies find attachments with comfort blankets of all sorts, often known as a security blanket or blankie. The baby can develop such an attachment that they almost become inseparable.
The blankie is soft, warm and cuddly so feels soothing against a babies skin. Pretty soon it will a familiar smell that the little one associates with it and its presence instantly provides comfort. Babies build a very useful sleep association with the comforter, which tells them its bedtime. It can resettle them during the night…therefore helping them sleep throughout.
Not only can a comfort blankie can really help settle your baby or toddler both at bedtime but also at other times when they are upset. During sickness, the arrival of a new sibling, times away from home and in child-care are extra useful times for your little one to have a comfort item.
As babies go through phases of separation anxiety (usually around 9-12 months and again at about 2 years), having a comforter can be especially helpful.
If you are starting sleep training with babies over 6 months, the introduction of a baby comforter can be a very useful part of your plan. It will make the sleep training much easier, particularly if you are weaning your baby off a strong sleep association such as feeding, cuddling or rocking to sleep.
Most parents will remember the experience of leaving the comforter behind and the screaming tantrum that prevails until it is safely back in the arms of the little one.
Often parents will tell stories of how they cannot even wash the comforter as the baby or toddler will not part with it. Some little ones keep these items well in to their early childhood years.
Choosing a Security Blanket
So you have made the decision to get your little one a comfort blanket, what are you looking for? Well there are a few key points to consider:
Make sure you buy a from a recognised manufacturer. It is important that is has been fully tested for a young baby and will have a kite certificate attached to the label telling you what age the blankie is suitable for.
A blankie needs to be soft and cuddly so that the baby enjoys the sensation of it against her skin. There is a huge range of attractive looking, colourful blankies to choose from but the sense of touch for a little one will ride above the look and colour of the comfort blanket.
BUY A SPARE ONE
Parents often make the mistake of buying just one comforter. This can result in sleepless nights and tantrums if the item is lost. Buying two identical comforters will save you hours trawling the internet to find a replacement if one is lost and has the added benefit of allowing you to wash one without the baby screaming.
Where to buy a Security Blankie?
Comfort Blankets are fast becoming very popular as a gift for a newborn as they are extremely useful and well received by the little person and their parents with the added advantage that they won’t cost you a fortune.
Blankie comforters come in a wide range of options from size to different styles. Rabbit Comforters and Teddy Bear Comforters are probably the most popular choice but these days you can get pretty much any animal you can think of . There are Monkey Comfort Blankies, Elephant Comfort Blankies, Panda Comfort Blankies, Lamb Comfort Blankies and even Sloth Comfort Blankies! The animal is normally a head in the middle of the blanket , like this Suki Teddy Bear Blankie or as with this Jomanda Sheep Blankie it has a miniature sheep teddy holding the blanket.
As mentioned previously it is good to look for a recognised manufacturer to be sure the quality and safety tests have been done. Suki, Aurora, Mary Mayer, Moulin Roty and Me To You all offer a range of animals, sizes and prices. All of these can be found at bears4u.co.uk.
A Personalised Comfort Blanket
To make your new baby gift unique many people now personalise the comforter for the child. Specialist companies like Bears4u will embroider your personal message on the blankie.
Most common messages for newborns’ are their name, weight, and date of birth. You have a wide choice of colours and fonts to choose from to be embroidered on to the blankie/comforter.
A personalised security blanket is the perfect gift for any little one that will provide hours of comfort and be a best friend for many years.