First things first: What is a lovey? The broad term refers to any calming object a child attaches to, but the most common kind of baby lovey is a small, soft piece of fabric (a mini blanket), sometimes attached to a stuffed animal. These types of lovies for babies are great because they’re easy to carry and safe to sleep with—that is, after the 12-month mark. Here, learn when to give baby a lovey, then shop 16 of our favorite blankies on the market.
When Can Baby Sleep With a Lovey?
Introducing a baby lovey may sound like a great first step toward sleep training, but you should actually avoid giving baby a security blanket to sleep with until they’ve turned one. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their kids’ cribs blankie-free for the first 12 months due to the serious threat of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Many lovies for babies are advertised as safe for infants and can make for a sweet plaything, but hold off on making them a part of your bedtime routine until baby’s first birthday.
The Best Baby Loveys
Whether you’re searching for fan-favorite baby security blankets with animal heads or a more simple (but still super-soft) blankie, we’ve found a baby lovey perfect for your little one.
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B. Toys by Battat B. Snugglies Fluffy Bunz the Bunny Security Blanket
There’s nothing like a snuggly bunny lovey to sooth your tot during naptime. This one also provides a ton of tactile stimulation, thanks to the tuggable ears and plush fabric.
Buy it: $10, Amazon.com
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Hudson Baby Giraffe Baby Security Blanket
This giraffe lovey has the sweetest little face and the softest blankie fabric to boot.
Buy it: $11, Amazon.com
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Magnetic Me Baby Lovey Security Blanket in Animal Safari
Say hello to baby’s new best friend: this unique, totally adorable elephant lovey. We love the jungle print on the blankie, not to mention the silky-soft material. The luxe lovey also makes a great gift.
Buy it: $22, Amazon.com
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Jellycat Bashful Monkey Baby Security Blanket
Baby will love nuzzling this warm, cozy blankie, which comes attached to a full-blown stuffed animal (not just the head)! In fact, that’s what really sets this monkey lovey apart.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
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Little Giraffe Luxe Faux Fur Blanky
This simple baby lovey has an appealing furry center surrounded by the silkiest edges ever. How’s that for stimulating and soothing texture?
Buy it: $48, Nordstrom.com
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Angel Dear Blankie in Fox
Baby’s bound to get some dirt, food or who-knows-what-else on their lovey, especially if they carry it everywhere. That’s why a machine-washable option, like this sweet fox lovey, comes in clutch.
Buy it: $13, Amazon.com
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Baby Essentials Snowcap Scene Minky Snuggle Blanket in Grey
This Amazon’s Choice baby security blanket has a unique design we love. The bear lovey features a rustic mountain scene on the blankie portion, which will fit right in in a nature-inspired nursery or playroom.
Buy it: $11, Amazon.com
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Lucy Darling Little Rainbow Lovey
Brighten your little one’s day with this adorable rainbow-themed baby lovey. The faux fur fabric is trimmed in satin to feel luxuriously soft against your babe’s sensitive skin, and the plush rainbow makes for fun fidgeting (and gnawing).
Buy it: $25, Maisonette.com
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Zestt Organic Elephant Lovey
Your baby lovey is going to see a whole lot of snuggles, so why not make sure your kiddo’s face is pressed up against nothing but the best? This lovey blanket is made from GOTS certified organic cotton.
Buy it: $34, Verishop.com
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Pottery Barn Kids Animal Thumbies
Pottery Barn sells some of the cutest loveys for babies around. This bunny blankie is crafted from faux fur and the nose from faux suede for the softest of snuggles. It’s even hypoallergenic and made with environmentally safe dyes. Also available in a lion and hippo.
Buy it: $19, PotteryBarnKids.com
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Ivie Baby Floral Llama Lovey
Just look at this insanely cute llama lovey. It’s a trendy choice your mom friends will obsess over.
Buy it: $30, Etsy.com
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Snoozies Cozy Little Lovies Plush Satin Owl Baby Blanket
This colorful owl lovey is a hoot! We like the quirky design and mix of silky and plush fabrics. The excellent Amazon reviews prove other parents do too.
Buy it: Starting from $13, Amazon.com
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Robin’s Lullaby Personalized Taggie Security Blanket Lovey
This sensory baby lovey has little tags all over for little ones to grab and hold. The bumpy texture is sure to capture baby’s interest too. But the best part of this beautiful floral lovey blanket is the personalization option—get it embroidered with your munchkin’s name for an extra-special keepsake.
Buy it: Starting from $18, Etsy.com
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Estella Organic Octopus Baby Security Blanket
Searching for an organic baby lovey? Check out this one-of-a-kind blankie with a playful octopus design. It’s hand-knitted and feels like the coziest of sweaters, which sets it apart from plush and silk loveys.
Buy it: $25, Estella.com
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Burt’s Bees Baby Hold Me Bee Soother Security Blanket
Leave it to Burt’s Bees Baby to make another awesome organic option. This blankie comes attached to a—you guessed it—bee. It’s made from snuggly velour cotton that’s pleasant to stroke.
Buy it: Starting from $15, Amazon.com
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Spearmint LOVE Unicorn Knotted Security Blanket
Another childrens’ fad we’re here for? Unicorn kids’ gear. This dreamy baby security blanket has knotted edges to grasp, a soft muslin base and a silky trim. It also comes with a coordinating drawstring bag—talk about a great gift.
Buy it: $36, SpearmintLOVE.com Plus, more from The Bump:
How To Use Baby Comfort Blanket
During a child’s early years, the security blanket almost seems to be part of the family. Packing the nappy bag for an outing? Into the bag must go the snacks, water, baby rattle, bib, nappies, wet wipes…. and blankie!
Personifying their blankie increases a child’s attachment to it. With a name and personality, the blankie becomes as real as any of their friends. A little person asking for “Dashie” or “Banjo” so that they can take a nap is one of the sweetest things you can hear.
A security blanket is a comforter for the child and an assurance to the parents that, once the blanket is in hand, their baby will soon be napping. Here, we look at how to introduce a blanket to your baby.
Why is a Security Blanket so Popular with babies?
All babies start to experience separation anxiety when they reach approximately seven months of age. This is a natural part of the baby’s development. Separation anxiety can also affect night time sleeps, causing your baby to wake up and call for you.
If you introduce a security blanket to your little one at around three months old, they will to form an attachment to something other than you to provide them with comfort. The blanket becomes an attachment object, an item familiar and comforting which can help the baby fall back to sleep or feel safe.
The blankie is a soft, warm, and cuddly item which smells familiar and feels nice against your baby’s skin. It is also something they can become very used to regardless of where they sleep. It can make any unfamiliar place feel more like home.
Young babies are often moved around a lot. Having something familiar and comforting, such as a blanket, with them helps the infant feel more at ease regardless of where they are.
Choosing a Good Blanket
If you have decided that you would like to offer your child the security of a blankie of their own the next step is to find a blanket to serve the purpose.
Key points to remember are:
The sense of touch is very important when choosing a blanket. The blanket should feel cuddly, soft and smooth. The best fabric that meets these criteria is cotton. Consider choosing a blankie made from organic cotton that is free from chemical pesticides, which is better for both baby and the earth.
Your baby’s blanket will often be close to their face. They will be breathing with their nose and mouth held very close to the fabric. Ensure you choose a blanket that has not been treated with harsh chemicals during processing and look for prints made with water-based inks.
Buy A Backup
If your baby has become extremely attached to their blankie and cannot sleep without it, what will you do if the item needs to be washed or is lost? It pays to choose a blanket which can be replaced or for which you have a back-up.
Many would certainly recommend purchasing two identical items. Having two identical security blankets offers you and your baby a great deal of peace of mind. Plus, if the blanket becomes old or torn, then there is no need to resort to McGyver-like methods in order to keep the blankie in sleep-able condition.
Once you have decided on the right security blanket, it is time to introduce the item to the child.
Introducing the Blanket
When the baby is around three months of age, you can begin to introduce the blanket. Under the Red Nose (formerly SIDS) guidelines, soft toys such as baby blankets should not be placed in the cot until the baby is seven months of age. Instead, each time you comfort your baby ensure you have the blanket over your shoulder, or cuddled with baby in your arms. The baby will gradually begin to associate the smell and feel of the blanket with the comfort that you provide.
Make sure that you also offer the blanket during cuddle times that are not associated with hunger, fear, or pain. It’s important that, when you introduce the blanket, the baby be in a comfortable, happy place and mood.
The blanket should be part of everything that the parent is able to offer the child.
Soon you will discover that the baby will be soothed when you place the blanket into the bed beside them. The blanket will provide security to the child when you are not with them and become a loved bedtime buddy. It can also be very useful during car trips, sleepovers, and outings. Especially if you have multiple children, anything to help keep a baby quiet is helpful!
You will find that if you need to leave your baby with a sitter, or if you have to place the infant down to sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, they will most likely settle more easily if they have their blanket along with them. Their cuddle blanket will become a trusted friend.
Beautiful Security Blanket Options
Kippins offer a range of beautiful and organic blanket options for your baby. Their cotton range is soft and gentle and the fabric is breathable. The water-based inks do not contain harsh chemicals and are not harmful to your child.
Only the gentlest and most earth-friendly methods are used to harvest the cotton for the Kippins range. Their products are made with the utmost love and care from the farm to the store.
When only the best will do, browse Kippins’ lovely range of baby products and choose the right security blanket for your precious baby