Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Jenni says

    My son will be 4 months on the second and is already attached to his lovey. I kid you not. It is very similar to that suggested Angel Dear Blanket. His is the Sock Monkey Snuggle Buddy Rattle by Baby Starters

    • Neosha says

      @Jenni – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for your comment! It’s something how quickly they get attached to those loveys – my son was almost 5 months when I realized he, too, was completely attached to his! It’s sweet though and was comforting for me to know that he had his lovey with him all night once I transitioned him to his crib. 🙂 Thank you again for sharing, and please keep reading!

  2. Sharon says

    Irene, my little guy likes to sleep with his matchbox trucks, so similar to your son’s love of his bus. My mom ended up making him a pillow which is open on one side (kind of like a big pocket in the middle of the pillow). Each night he selects one of his trucks to go to bed with him in the pillow. Sometimes he just hugs the pillow with the truck inside. Other times, he’ll sleep with his hand inside the pillow holding the truck. He knows that the truck needs to sleep inside the pillow and can’t come out until the morning. It has worked really well for him.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Sharon – Oh my gosh, this sounds so adorable. What a cool idea for a pillow! Thanks for sharing this tip, Sharon – also, Nicole sends her love! 😉

  3. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Almuth- great question! The lovey is what we call a positive sleep association. Remember, not all sleep associations are bad – your little guy no doubt associates his bed/crib with sleep, but that’s a positive association, because it’s one that doesn’t require work from you to maintain and re-create. The lovey, for many families, is another positive association. I don’t think that it generally falls into the same category as the pacifier – most families get into tricky situations with the pacifier simply because their babies don’t have the fine motor skills necessary to replace the pacifier, but snuggling a lovey is generally something that most children can manage themselves.

    That said, if you do decide to go back to using a lovey, you’ll want to be sure it’s something that’s not terribly small, and that could get “lost” in his bed.

    Hope this helps, Almuth!

  4. Almuth says

    As helpful as loveys seem, what about creating sleep associations? We’d started giving our 15mo a little blankey thingy to cuddle with in bed. We only got a bit concerned about creating a new unwanted sleep association after we once found him sitting in bed (as usual when he wakes during the night) seemingly searching for his lovey. So we took it off him the following nights (he’s not massively attached just yet) and let him have it again a few nights later. At the moment it’s only teething pain waking him. But will a lovey create sleep associations, ie will we need to replace it during the night like a pacifier? We hardly ever did pacifiers during the night and he goes to sleep by himself.

  5. Irene says

    Well, my little one is still a troubled sleeper at over two years old.
    But in terms,of loveys it must have a bit of a rare one… He has to hold his “miapaty” which is a metal bus model… Not exactly soft n cuddly… But he loves it… I do make sure i remove it from his bed once he s asleep though!

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Irene – I love it! Truly, a lovey can be anything (although a metal bus does sound a little uncomfortable to cuddle with…but hey, if he loves it, then it works!)

      Thanks for commenting, Irene!