Is a Baby’s Attachment to a Particular Toy, Blanket, or Other Item Safe?
Babies often times become attached to blankets, toys, and other items. Their attachment may help them to fall asleep easier and feel a sense of comfort. They grow familiar with items including pacifiers and blankets. However, is this attachment safe or should you be concerned?
A pacifier and blanket seem reasonably safe. So why should you worry? The baby’s attachment to a blanket is similar to a grown person’s attachment to a favorite shirt or type of food. We typically gravitate towards whatever we find comfort with and know we will enjoy. Similarly, babies find items they are secure with to help them fall asleep. They feel safe at night without needing a mother or father staying with them through the night. This attachment is completely normal and keeps the baby feeling safe when they are worried, restless, and alone.
The attachment allows the baby to create a positive association with the item. The baby might think of his or her parent when holding the object. Your little one is experiencing new things everyday in the world and having a safe object creates a sense of familiarity, comfort, and stability. Parents often worry that their baby will become anxious without the item and will never want to give it up. This is a possibility as some people bring a stuffed animal to college with them. However, children do outgrow the necessity of the item and it simply becomes a habit to have with them.
Ultimately, a baby’s attachment to a favorite item is harmless. Your little one’s comfort with a blanket or toy will bring him or her happiness. Therefore, don’t hesitate to allow your baby to grow attached to a particular item. You don’t have to worry because your baby’s attachment is safe!