Blankets, dolls and soft toys… most children have a cherished comfort object that is always by their side.
A much loved blankie or lovey can offer little children comfort, confidence and security. Comfort objects are part of the emotional support system that every child needs in their early years.
Children may not select a blanket or lovey, but may prefer a soft toy, doll or teddy bear. Often little ones between eight months and twelve months will choose a comfort object and will keep it for many years to come. Children seek comfort from their chosen object when they’re tired at bedtime, meeting new people at daycare, or anytime they’re facing new experiences.
When children are separated from their caregivers, they seek comfort from their cherished security blanket that offers them reassurance. When children are upset, a security blanket will comfort them. When children are in a strange or unfamiliar place, a security blanket will help to make them feel more at home.
A Step Towards Independence
Security blankets and comfort objects are also called transitional objects. They assist little ones in making the emotional transition from dependence to independence. Not only do they feel good: they’re soft, nice and cuddly, and pleasant to touch and hold, but a comfort object also offers a sense of familiarity to children. It will has the familiar scent of home and offers a sense of security and comfort when their caregiver isn’t close by.
Despite myths that transitional objects are a sign of weakness or insecurity, there’s no reason to keep your child from seeking comfort from a cherished blanket or soft toy. Actually, a transitional object can be really helpful in comforting children when they’re upset and in new experiences, and also assisting in their bedtime routine.
Babies and toddlers love their security blankets and comfort objects so much that it’s always advised to have two identical comfort objects. By having two, you can wash one while the other one is being cuddled, sparing your little one and yourself the emotional distress of being without their beloved blankie.