Did you know that an attachment to a Blanky or stuffed animal registers the same in a child's mind as does an attachment to a living animal? To the child, it is a "real thing", something on which they can express their newly forming awareness of interaction with their personal emotions. Healthy emotional development is essential to their well being as they grow.
Giving a child a Blanky or stuffed animal can be a way of teaching him or her to love and a means by which the child is given back unconditional love...and in that, security is born. Comforting and caring becomes a shared experience .. a "love affair" to hold on to!
We all have a special object, whether it be a favorite chair, comfy slippers, "lucky" hat or our home to name a few things, that brings us comfort when we need it. Babies and Infants are no different. A blanky gives them that feeling of security and comfort when they are tired or frightened. Lets face it, a happy and contented child makes happy and contented parents! Isn't that what we all want?
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