You know how important a security item can be to a child. Security items help your child in a variety of ways. They help them feel safe and gain independence. They give them comfort. Many children will develop an attachment to a security item between the ages of 18 and 24 months. Blankets are one of the most common security items kids gain attachments to.
This is all well and good when they are little. When your child wants to take a large security blanket to Kindergarten with him, it might be time to let go. At very least, your child needs to learn that some comfort items are for at home only. Some parents help their children transition by cutting off a small piece of their security blanket that the child can take to school in a pocket or a backpack.
If this doesn’t work for your needs, or if your child is upset by the idea of cutting their favorite blankie, you might just work on replacing it with something else. Eventually, all children will outgrow their attachment to security blanket and there’s really no reason you need to do anything or try to take it away from them early if it brings them comfort.
Once they do decide to let it go on their own, you’ll see the signs. No longer will he drag it everywhere with him (even though the dirt – eww!). No longer will she cry for it every night or be unable to sleep without it.
As your child outgrows the security blanket on his or her own, you’ll see it fall by the wayside. Many parents are reluctant to get rid of something that meant so much to their child for so long. So, what can you do with it? Instead of just tossing it in the trash, here are some ideas.
What you can do with your child’s security blanket when they outgrow it
- Frame it – You could cut out a special part of it, or just a piece that shows the pattern, and frame it. Use it as a wall hanging and give it to your child
if they want it when they’re older.
- Make a quilt – You could use pieces of the security blanket and other items (like favorite clothes) to make a quilt.
- Turn it into a pillow – You can cut it down to size and make it into a pillow for their bed or a throw pillow for decoration.
- Make a stuffed animal – If you’re creative and handy, you might use it to make a cute stuffed animal. There are simple tutorials for this online and it would be a special keepsake for your child.
- Make a personalized photo album – Another idea is to cover a regular photo album with pieces of the blanket and then put baby or childhood photos inside. This makes a wonderful keepsake for parents, or to give to your child when she’s older.
- Pack in a memory box – You could just keep it intact and place it inside a memory box. Your child may not care about it anymore now but will love to have it to look back on later, or even to give to their own children.
So, all that’s left is to put it into action. I hope some of these ideas work for you, or that they help spring forth other ideas that you like. This is really a great way to preserve memories that your child will want to look back on years later. It’s a great way for you to have a special piece of something that was so important to your child.