Comfort Object / Security Blanket – Are They Good or Bad?

Wikipedia defines a comfort object or security blanket as an “item that provides psychological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations, or at bedtime for small children”. Among toddlers, comfort objects may take the form of a blanket, a stuffed animal, or a favourite toy, and may be referred to by the terms blankey and lovey.

For newborn baby, a security blanket is truly a godsend. It keeps baby warm, clean, dry and comfortable. It calms fears and reduces anxieties too. I used these blankets when Little Edison was a baby but he didn’t get very attached to them.

When he reached toddlerhood, he began hugging his comfort pillow and a stuffed toy, rubbing them across his cheeks and nose, and clinging to them at bedtime. Among all the stuffed toys that he had, he loves this Hello Kitty a lot (picture below). I blogged about it HERE too.

As Hello Kitty is white, she tends to get dirty easily too. He becomes very nervous whenever his Kitty is dirty, and he demands that I should wash her every fortnightly. Thus, it becomes my duty to wash her every two weeks or whenever she is dirty.

Hello Kitty just had a wash last weekend. I put her at the window to air dry. On a sunny warm day, she will dry up before bedtime. It’s quite amazing how this Kitty remains so soft and cuddly after so many washes. Little Edison will be delighted to hug his Hello Kitty that is so clean and smells wonderful after a wash. And he goes “Mmmm, Hello Kitty is so fragrant!”

As he gets older, I want to limit its use to bedtime only. I tell him that his comfort pillow (named “Smelly”) and Hello Kitty will stay at home except when we’re on vacation. I don’t want him to carry them everywhere and becomes a habit that is difficult to wean off in future. He is pretty cool about it.

Does your child have a comfort object or security blanket too? Are you concerned about it? Why and why not? I’d love to hear from you.


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Shirley October 6, 2011 at 5:58 PM

i think its good to have a comfort toy especially if they help the kids to sleep better. My boy doesn’t like anything at all, and thus, he couldnt get the comfort and assurance that he needs during his sleep. 🙁

i read from a parenting book that having a comfort toy helps the kid to sleep better and most likely they will sleep thru the night while cuddling the comfort toys.

Emily October 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Hi Shirley,
Yes, the comfort toy really does help them to sleep better expecially during the baby-toddler stage. My boy sleeps through the night and rarely wakes up in the middle of the night…

MieVee @ October 7, 2011 at 1:59 AM

My boy’s such a fussy sleeper since babyhood and I so wished he’d like a comfort blanket, soft toy or even pacifier. But no, he only wanted ME, which means I need to be near him when he sleeps, that’s 12 hours a day… Only recently, at 2.5 years old, he’s ok with sleeping beside Daddy. What a relief…

Emily October 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Hi MieVee,
Most of the kids love the Mommy’s smell… Haha! My boy still looks for me when he wants to go to sleep… Been trying to “detach” from him and ask The Hubby to take over the duty..

Jennie October 15, 2011 at 11:56 PM

I try switching Jordan’s “comfort object” when I feel he’s getting too attached to it … from 1 beanie pillow to many other beanie pillows … to his Mickey Mouse beanie, to his current Tigger beanie. He used to be very “sticky” to them … must bring wherever he went … even to school, to church etc. At least now we managed to tame him down to keeping it at home when he goes to school … and on weekends when we go out, we allow him to bring it out but restrict to only in the car … so he will say “bye bye” to his Tigger before he gets out of the car. =)

Hmmm, still finding an alternative to his Tigger cos the beanie cloth has already been washed till very thin and some parts had to be sewn to prevent the beanies from sipping out of the “holes” that arised from wear and tear. So far can’t find yet …


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