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Getting Kids to Give Up Their Lovies

Who Creates the Lovey Relationship, Parent or Child?

Some kids get attached to an item and others don't. There's a lot of talk about lovies — blankets or stuffed animals — to which children have a particular fondness. Like Linus in the Peanuts comic strip, lil ones carry them around or use them to fall asleep. Many parents debate which (if any) age is appropriate to lose the item, and then mom and dad spend a good deal of time trying to coax their child on to something else. But who is responsible for initiating the bond to the inanimate object — is it the parent that continually gives their tot the same item, or does the youngster really prefer one to all others?

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lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
Obviously the child. Are you telling me that if you gave the kid a dead lizard a fright mask they would be comforted by it???? It needs to be something the child feels attachment with, otherwise it's a no-go.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
My son chose his. We had the blanket on our bed and he just suddenly started taking it. We thought it was funny, because the blanket was a fun inside joke between my hubby and I. He 'kidnapped' me while we were dating and took me to Monterey, but he didn't look anything up or make hotel reservations, and they were sold out when we got there because of a huge golf tournament. We ended up buying a flannel 49ers blanket at Rite Aid and spent the night in his truck. Now it's my sons favorite blanket!
runningesq runningesq 5 years
My younger sister's "lovey" ended up being... TAGS. I think it's hilarious that there is now a whole line of toys with tags when she was attached to them in the mid 80s.
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
I don't think this could ever be answered the same for different children. I didn't offer my daughter receiving blankets, and I hardly used them past 6 months. She decided at around a year that she wanted one all the time. She's always had a love thing for fabrics and clothing though. She was taking her clothes off before she crawled, and putting on new ones as soon as she could get to them.
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