It’s not uncommon for children to have a “security blanket” that they like to keep close to them. A study by the University of Bristol and Yale University showed that 70% of kids develop a strong attachment to an object to self-soothe and get to sleep. The term security blanket was first introduced by Charles Schulz in his cartoon strip Peanuts in 1954. “This is a ‘security and happiness’ blanket. All little kids carry them” said Linus, who carried his blanket with him everywhere he went!
It can also be referred to as a “transitional object”. Separation anxiety can occur at around seven months and can negatively affect the sleep of you and your baby. By introducing a security object to your child when they wake during the night, the blanket/toy will be there to provide that support and comfort and will then help the child put themselves back to sleep. This eases the child into independent sleeping, and helps the child make connections outside of their parents.
An article published by Psychology Today titled ‘More than just bears’ by Colleen Goddard, explores the relationship between children and their security objects. Security objects are “rooted in sensorial elements that lessen the stress of separation, while they soothe and comfort the child.” Security objects can “enhance the connectedness between child and adult and amongst children themselves.” A security object can help a child cope with any stress or anxiety they may be experiencing.
The security object should be light, breathable fabric, soft, cuddly, and small enough to fit in their little hand and of course have no choking hazards. The Wenatex Sleepy has been specially designed to assist children in comforting them for a good night’s sleep.
A blanket or soft toy can relax your child and help teach them positive sleeping habits, resulting in better sleep for both you and your child!