My daughter was given this pale pink lovely as a gift. Angel Dear lamb. She loved it. She actually still loves it. She never took a pacifier. She never sucked her thumb. Yet, she latched onto that blankie and chews it. We have multiple blankies. All are the same. Only Ellie realizes that they are not the blankie. Her blankie is now pale grey and nasty. I have 2 other blankies that she has deemed acceptable. Also grey and well loved. One is constantly in the wash.
She is 7 years-old and still chews on the the lovey. She sleeps with it. She takes it to doctor's appointments and it comes with us to restaurants and outings in her backpack which also holds diapers, wipes, and the iPad. In public, she has blankie, but she doesn't chew on it.
I was one of those parents who was going to be all "alright, she is 3 years-old, cut the ends off the pacifiers!". Yet, 7 years later, I still let me child suck on a blanket and take it out in public. The things is, I. don't. care.
Ellie also has a sleep disorder, she has great difficulty falling back asleep. She used to wake up sometime between 12:30-2:30am and not fall back asleep until the following night. One of the things that soothes her and calms her for sleep is the ratty lovey. Again, who am I to take it away? After all, mama needs some sleep too!
I don't really care because there are more important things to get worked up over. Never mind that my daughter is just now developmentally at a 3 year-old level. My daughter has been under anesthesia 14 or 15 times (yes, I have lost count) for some surgery or medical procedure or other. She has been hospitalized twice in the last year. ER visits. A least one appointment with a specialist visit each month. We have 3 last month. If her blankie gives her a bit of comfort, who am I to take it away?
So while my daughter may be 7 years-old and lugging around a blankie, I have decided to focus on other things. On more important things.
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