My baby has an addiction.
He’s only eight weeks old, but he’s already hooked.
No, it’s not his pacifier – and for my future sanity I hope he never becomes attached to that.
It’s his blanket.
Being attached to a blanket is not unheard of for a baby or young child. This specific blanket was a gift from a friend, and it’s thin and soft, so I can see the attraction in it. My issue lies with his preferred placement of said blanket. I don’t mind at all when he holds onto it tightly, and I’m okay with him rubbing it against his cheek. Unfortunately, his favorite method of cuddling with his blanket it by completely covering his face and head with it.
This is not the first child I’ve had who did this. But he is definitely the most extreme. It seems as though every time I put him down for his nap, his blanket migrates from a light cheek graze to full on head coverage. It’s a very lightweight fabric, so part of me knows he’s not smothering himself, but it still makes me uneasy. I find myself checking on him every few minutes – and it feels like I’m constantly moving the blanket away from his face, but somehow it ends up covering him again.
I suppose I could take the blanket away. That would solve my problem, wouldn’t it? Only, I would be taking away the one thing – besides myself – that makes him truly comfortable. I can complain about it all I want, but I’d much rather be a nervous wreck while he sleeps peacefully than have him be restless and unhappy. You win this time, blanket. But I’ll be right here obsessively making sure my little guy is okay.
Have you ever tried to break your child of an addiction to an object?