Security Blanket Key to Baby Sleeping all Night – No

No.  Routine and perserverance is the key to getting your baby to sleep through the night, not giving in to a security blanket. 

What about safety implications?  Wouldn’t you worry through the night that baby may get the blanket over their face, or chew it and choke when they get fluff in their throat?  Try thinking about future problems, do you really want your three or four year old walking around with a tatty, dirty looking ‘blankie’ which they refuse to give up?  Isn’t it best to have a few nights of unrest as you struggle to implement a routine rather than a week of upset when you have to finally take that security blanket away at an older (and much more understanding) age?  There is no denying that listening to your baby cry is one of the most upsetting sounds a parent will ever hear, but by giving in with security blankets or toys you are only delaying the inevitable.

I also believe that if routines are set then so are boundaries.  Your baby needs to know that it is you who makes the rules and this is much easier when done at an early age.  Try a solid routine, for example, a nice bath, followed by dressing in a sleepsuit, followed by a warm bottle, followed by bed.  Continue this without fail for at least five days to give your baby time to recognise each part of the routine.  Give yourself a time limit for when baby cries, for example, only let them cry for five minutes initially but try to expand on this each time and when you do feel the need to comfort your baby, try not to talk to them or make eye contact – to avoid stimulation and make sure it is only for a couple of minutes at a time before putting them back down.  If after five days you genuinely believe the routine isn’t working then try changing one aspect of it, for example, take out bath time, maybe it makes your baby over tired.   Or introduce five minutes of quiet time in a dimly lit room to calm your baby. 

I think it’s mostly important to remember that your child needs you to be strong and guide them in life.  Surely encouraging them in an early dependency isn’t really a good start.