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Do You Blanket Your Baby?

When a baby arrives in Tinseltown, all the shutterbugs are out and about trying to snap the first shot of the baby's precious face. The more powerful the parents are in Hollywood, the more money those photographs bring in. One way moms and dads shield their sought after wee one (from all the flashes) is with the old blanket trick over the baby's head or carrier.

But other parents practice this too. Some drape a blanket so their tot's sleep isn't disrupted, to safeguard the babe from a glare or stranger's touch, and so other youngsters don't fuss with them. Do you do this?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
@RunningEsq - I brought my daughter to work when she was two weeks old. The company was having a party, and I was feeling so isolated and was so desperate to see real live adults that I brought the baby along. The other encounter was when I was out shopping. An ambulance was posted at the shopping center I went to, and the EMT came over to say hi to the sleeping baby.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
umm i think people actually do it for protection from the elements, dirt, and pollution
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
running, she doesn't say she was at work, just that it was a co-worker...I'm assuming she was either visiting her co-workers or had them over to meet the baby.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Depends on the weather. If it's cold yes, if not, no. But if I am in a crowded place with a newborn, or being stalked by paparazzi like Camila, than I would too.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Girl Jen - why was your newborn at work?
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I did that a lot and still do sometimes. Mostly to protect her from wind, sun or moist. I also use her blanket as a cover when I breastfeed her in public (although the bright pink blanket does draw attention). She loves the cozy feeling of being in tiny places (kinda like the womb I guess) just like I did. Up to my teenage years I slept BEHIND my bed because I liked the feeling of boundaries.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
My first was exactly the same, schnappy, such a pain in the butt because she was born in winter. I bought one of those covers that fit over the carseat, cozy covers or something? and covered her in a thick blanket it on the inside and kept the flap open. She tolerated it fairly well. It's incredibly windy here pretty much all the time, but luckily it doesnt drop below 0 very often. Its springish weather now with my second just being born, still in the 30 to 40s, but i bought a sleepy wrap. I just keep him in a fleece sleeper, and stick him in the sleepy wrap whenever we go anywhere. I LOVE that thing. I have to say if i was being hounded by the paps though, i would blanket it as much as possible too.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Ha! Like that was even an option for us! My son HATED being covered up to any extent, even as a newborn, and would throw a fit if he couldn't see everything all of the time. He never slept in public and needed to keep his eyes on everything. I had to move him from the carrier to the stroller directly at just 4 weeks because he hated staring up at the ceiling. I always wondered how other people got their kids to tolerate being covered.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
After a coworker woke my baby up when she was two weeks old (who does that?!), I started blanketing the baby whenever she slept. At four months, that SAME coworker woke the baby up again! She lifted the blanket and woke up my daughter! I am still furious about that. The only reason I did that was to (hopefully) allow her to nap when we were out and about. It usually worked.
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