Have you ever seen a child carrying around a tattered piece of cloth like it’s the most important object in the world? Probably. Or perhaps you were once that child? That tiny rag was once a whole baby blanket, but after years of cuddles and washings it’s dwindled into a tattered scrap. Regardless, it still provides irreplaceable comfort to the child. This is a lovie and one of the most special, beloved, important belongings your child will ever have. Want to make it even more special? Make it yourself! Here are dozens of DIY lovies and baby blankets.
Did you know there’s a legitimate psychological reason for lovies? At around six to eight months of age, babies go through a lot of developmental changes – including an increase in separation anxiety. A transitional object (aka lovie) decreases anxiety helping your baby feel more secure and safe even when you aren’t with them. A transitional object can be almost anything: a stuffed animal, baby blanket, even a soft fabric book. Whatever makes your child feel secure, and is safe for them to keep with them. The lovie needs to be small enough to be easily portable and not have any objects on it that the baby could pull or bite off. Also, keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatricians guidelines state that you should not have any blankets in the crib with a baby until they are a year old.
Ready to make your own? We found dozens of delightful ideas. Still, you may find that you don’t get to choose the item that your child feels the most connection with. You might make the perfect teddy bear, but all your baby wants is the soft fabric book about dinosaurs. Even if your creation isn’t a favorite, some day your child will appreciate it because it’s made with heart.
Did you have a lovie when you were a kid? Did any of your kids pick something unusual to be their favorite thing they wouldn’t let go of? Please share your stories in the comments. We’d love to hear them!