Blankie, lovie, tee tee (as my older sons called theirs), the soft, cuddly blankets to which small children become emotionally attached go by many names. They provide a sense of security when parents are away, keep monsters out of bedrooms at night, and are a natural and important part of childhood.
In fact, the official psychological term for these beloved items is “transitional object”. The theory is that the object, or lovey, provides comfort in place of the child’s mother (or primary caregiver) when she isn’t present, and, thus, helps the child transition from the belief that he and his mother are essentially one being into the reality that he is a separate person from his mom. The lovey helps him make that leap providing comfort at day care, bedtime or in any situation that can bring about anxiety. Okay, enough psychobabble!
Because I know the important role a lovey can play in my toddlers’ and preschoolers’ lives, I’ve intentionally given them soft, cuddly blankets and stuffed animals in the hopes that they would fall in love with one. The thing is, we never know what object will win their affection. My twins were easy, they fell in love with the first blankie I presented to them (and at 9-years old, one of my guys still sleeps with his; don’t tell him I told you though).
Jax wasn’t as easy. Over time, I provided him a pile of options to no avail. While he finally seemed to prefer sleeping with a hand-me-down stuffed giraffe, it seemed that he could really take it or leave it. I figured he might be one of those kids who just never found his transitional object.
Until his Baby Jack lovey arrived in the mail.
This blanket is truly a stand-out from the rest. With silky satin on one side and cuddly minky on the other, the blanket provides two very different, yet soothing textures. For children who like to touch and rub textures between their fingers, Baby Jack loveys provide ribbon “tags” around the perimeter of the blanket. I love that the tags are different textures and patterns (ribbed, satin, ruffled, etc.) and that they are sewn shut. This ensures that little fingers don’t get stuck or that drawer knobs and other pesky things don’t snag the blanket when being carried around the house. It even comes with a plastic link so the blanket can be attached to a toy or stroller.
Jax took to his Baby Jack blanket right away. It sat along side of him while he played with his trains, and he’s slept with it every day since he received it. So far, it seems that this blanket might be what he’s been waiting for.
Baby Jack loveys come in a variety of sizes and patterns. Jax’s is the new educational design. He names the letters, numbers and shapes. I’m smitten with toys that teach, so a lovely that serves this dual purpose is a winner in my book.
Jax’s baby sister is only six weeks old, but I’m banking on her falling in love with a Baby Jack lovey too. I ordered her one as soon as I saw how much Jax appreciated his. And look at that adorable pink and grey chevron print!
If you are like me and think that Baby Jack blankets will be your new go-to baby shower gift, you can order them through their website: babyjackblankets.com. And did I mention they are handmade right here in the USA?
To see me talk about and demo Baby Jack security blankets, click the pic below. This was a segment on my local Fox News channel where I talked about my favorite Must-Have Baby Products.
Want your own Baby Jack? I’m so excited that the kind folks at Baby Jack & Co. sent us a 14″X18″ yellow and grey chevron lovey to give away. This lovey is one of three of my favorite must-have-baby products included in our current giveaway. Enter to win this lovey, a swaddling blanket by Miracle Blanket and a 4moms Infant Tub (my review is coming soon!). Enter everyday until the contest ends on August 28th at midnight**. Click here or on the pic below to enter.
*Baby Jack & Co. sent Jax the educational print lovey for review, but the opinions expressed here are my own.
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