Angel Dear and My Blankee Back in Stock

December 14th, 2014

Looking for an adorable personalized gift? BlanketMyBaby has just restocked plenty of our customer favorites for both Angel Dear and My Blankee.

From Angel Dear, here are a few of the blankies you can choose from:

  • Brown Monkey
  • Green Frog
  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Blue Bear
  • Pink Bear
  • Pink Lamb
  • White Lamb
  • Giraffe
  • Leopard
  • Duck
  • Dinosaur (new design)!
  • And many more!!!

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Angel Dear Blue Bunnies are now on Clearance from $13 to $11. Add personalization for only $12!

We’ve also restocked our My Blankee items, including security sized blankets for Dot Velour and Luxe. Select pink and blue dot velour and luxe blankets are on sale now!

Just in time for the holidays, get your personalized gift for the new bundle of joy in your life!

My Blankee Dot Velour

Baby Sign Language: Use it or lose it?

September 20th, 2013

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Have you heard of baby sign language? Ha! Who am I kidding, unless you have been living under a rock for the past twenty years, you absolutely have ( not knocking living under rocks, if that’s your thing ;) ). Many parents are considering it, and even more are using it, to teach their babies language skills long before they are able to talk.  You can start teaching your baby sign language as early as 6 months, but they wont have the mental or physical capability to actually do it themselves until 8 months.  However, some parents are still skeptical as to its helpfulness.

Even before I was pregnant with my daughter I knew that I wanted to teach her sign language.  I wanted to teach her Spanish too, but you win some you lose some ;).  I started teaching my daughter Audrey sign language as soon as the 6 month marker hit.  I was ready and rearing to go with baby sign language, and owned all of the Baby Signing Time dvd’s (which I LOVE by the way).   Anyway, you can imagine the level of my impatience when she didn’t start signing until she was a year old.  I had almost given up teaching her at that point, but it was so encouraging to see her say “thank you” in sign language after six months of teaching her how to do it.

Ready for some eye opening facts on sign language?! It wasn’t until the 1960’s that ASL, American Sign Language, was even considered valuable option for the deaf to use to communicate, but it has grown to being the third most used language among English speakers in the United States today.  It keeps fluctuating as the third or fourth most studied language among college students in the United States as well.  Knowing these facts should alert us as parents that ASL is a great skill to teach our kids.

Now Audrey is almost 18 months old, and she uses baby sign language like a champ.  She probably knows about 25 different signs and uses them constantly.  However, she hasn’t really began to talk very much yet.  This had me concerned that drilling her with baby sign language has impacted her ability to speak negatively.  Yet according to many leading pediatricians as long as your baby is communicating effectively, that’s all that matters.  Their ability to speak has no correlation with their ability to sign.  That makes me feel so much better about it.

To conclude, when it comes to baby sign language I say USE IT!  It’s not that hard to learn or teach, and it gives you a special way to connect with your little one at a young age.  I have found that it helps with Audrey not getting so worked up because she can communicate with me.  I can ask her what she wants and she can tell me, and I’ve been able to do that for the last 6 months.  My parents are always commenting about how they wish the had taught us sign language to lessen the burden of miscommunication with us as young kids.

Wanna get started with baby sign language with your little one?  Here’s a great video that teaches some of the basic signs!

Have you taught your kids sign language?  Share your stories in the comment section below on how it has helped or hindered.

You know what makes a great baby shower gift?  One of our Personalized Baby Pillows and a Baby Signing Time dvd!  Pick ‘em up today!

When You’re a Mom for the First Time

July 29th, 2013

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A Blog Post by Kat Hansen, Director of Fulfillment at BlanketMyBaby.com

With all this attention on the royal baby, it has made me think about what Kate is going through becoming a mom for the first time. One of the most transformative experiences I’ve ever been through in my life has been becoming a mom for the first time.  At first it was scary, overwhelming, stressful, and odd to say the least.  I had Post Partum Depression too, so that made the whole experience seem a little crazier.  Needless to say, it was not at all what I expected.  I think I just expected to be a pro at taking care of a baby/raising a child and that everything would just come naturally to me because, hey, I’m a woman!  I also thought that if I planned far enough ahead that the this huge life change would be easier.  Maybe in some ways things were easier, and a lot of things were much harder than I every thought they would be.

I did everything I could possibly do to prepare to be a mom for the first time.  I took a breast feeding class, a natural birthing class, sterilized all the bottles, pre-washed all the baby clothes, made a very cute room for my daughter (with an excellent owl theme I might add), and read all the top books on the subject (What to Expect When Expecting, Baby Wise, etc).  However, I wasn’t prepared for the crazy birthing experience I had because I got pre eclampsia and had to be induced.  Nothing about the birth went according to plan, so I don’t know why I expected bringing a baby home to go according to plan either.

Let me just say this, nothing can fully prepare you for becoming a mom for the first time.  The experience will slap you in the face and kick you in the ovaries, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.  Becoming a mom for the first time had me lost, confused, and depressed.  Once I realized how I felt, I sprinted toward God for grace, comfort, contentment and peace in it all.

Those first few days with my daughter were tough to say the least.  You can read my crazy story of the first night home with my daughter here.  But here’s some good news for your first time mommas out there….IT GETS BETTER AND EASIER!  I promise. The first three months of having a new baby in the house are the hardest, but if you can persevere through those first three months you will do just fine from there on out.

Here’s a piece of golden advice for you first time moms out there, go get some advice! Seriously, you are not in this alone and you don’t have to pretend like you are.  I don’t recommend getting advice from books because most babies don’t line up with “book babies”.  I recomend going to a mom you love and respect and getting advice from her on how to do whatever it is you need help with doing.  I don’t know where I would have been without my friends who are also moms.  They were so patient and kind with me, and wanted to help.  Trust me, your friends who are moms will want to help you too.  They know how hard it is and they have a ton of wisdom on the subject.

Looking for a security blanket for your new little one?  Check out our collection of Angel Dear blankets that are perfect for babies to snuggle up with.

Are you a mom with some words of wisdom for new moms?  Share it here in the comment section! Are you are new mom looking for some help?  Post your question below!

Top Home Remedies for Ear Infections

July 15th, 2013
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The face of an ear infection.

A Blog Post by Kat Hansen, Director of Fulfillment for Blanket My Baby

“Your daughter has an ear infection,” the pediatrician said as she stood up from examining Audrey’s ears for the 6th time this year.  My stomach dropped and I knew I was in for a long week of Audrey’s cries, pain, fits, and sleeplessness.  Ear infections in children are terrible (for everyone involved) and it can be hard to know what to do to help your child get through their suffering while it lasts.  For babies and small toddlers, it seems like the best course of action is to take them to the doctor and get them on some antibiotics once you start to notice the “signs”.  The “signs” being ear tugging, out of the norm fussiness, interrupted sleep, and possibly a fever.  I found this video on YouTube that helped me to understand ear infections a little better, and may help you out as well.

After making many doctor visits for Audrey’s infections and never getting any advice on how to treat these ear infections at home, I did research for home remedies for children’s ear infections.  I discovered some really great tips, however these tips will work much better on older children.  I can’t see any of these tips being very practical with my 15 month old, but it’s still a good list to have compiled for when she is older as I am sure she will continue to get ear infections.

  1. Oil ‘em up! Put a few drops of oil (coconut, olive, garlic, sweet, garlic mullein, or willow garlic) in your child’s ear every 20 minutes for an hour.  You can heat up the oil if you want, but you have to be sure that it’s not so hot that it will burn the child.  Use an eye dropper or a spoon to help you apply it.
  2. Tube socks are back in style! Fill up a tube sock with salt and heat it up in the microwave for 1 minute.  After getting it out of the microwave, squeeze the sock to move the salt around and stick it back in the microwave to ensure that it is heating all the salt evenly.  Make sure it isn’t too hot for your little to hold against their ear.  If you can get them to hold the sock against their ear for a few minutes off and on, the heat will help relieve the pain and the salt will help draw out the fluid.
  3. The good, old heating pad. Use it!  Heat is an excellent pain reliever, and heating pads are built to hold heat for long periods of time.  The longer you can get your child to use this to manage their pain, the better they will feel.  Again, be sure that the heat is tolerable for the child and don’t let it burn them.
  4. Garlic cloves work wonders! Take a whole garlic clove, peel it, and let it sit for an hour.  Then cut the clove to size for your child’s ear.  Next, put the whole clove in the child’s ear canal (don’t push it in too far!) before bed and make them sleep with it in all night.  Your child will wake up feeling much better.  Not totally sure why this tip works, but I know a lot of people who have tried it and said it worked like a charm.  This is definitely a tip to use with only older children who have a little bit more self control.  You don’t want to put it in a child’s ear who is going to pick and push at it the whole time and end up getting it stuck in their ear.

When your child is sick, your main goals as a parent should be to get them better and keep them comfortable while they are suffering.  If that means being more flexible, do so.  Whenever Audrey get’s an ear infection I do all of the following “home remedies” until I can take her to the doctor and get her on some antibiotics:

  • Pray over her for healing and peace
  • Snuggle with her as much as possible, even though I have a million things to do around the house
  • Let her carry around her favorite blanket all day, even though it is normally reserved for nap time and bed time only (P.S. Her favorite blanket just so happens to be  a My Blankee Dot Velour blanket :) )
  • Let her watch her favorite movie “Up” a couple times, even though she normally doesn’t get to watch movies very often
  • Take her outside as much as possible to be distracted and get fresh air

I hope any of the tips you’ve read here are helpful to you parents out there who are suffering right along side your children as they get ear infection after ear infection.  Praying that your little one feels better soon and stops getting those pesky ear infections.

Looking for a blanket that your child can cuddle up with they’re sick?  Shop any of our wonderful security size or stroller size blankets at our website www.blanketmybaby.com!

Have any home remedies for ear infections that you would like to share?  Share them below in the comment section, because we’d love to hear your tips!

Back to Basics: What Do Babies Sleep In?

July 8th, 2013

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A Blog Post by Kat Hansen, Director of Fulfillment at BlanketMyBaby.com

Let’s get one thing straight, no parent knows everything there is to know about having, and raising, a baby.  Did an instruction manual magically appear next to your bedside when your brought your baby home from the hospital?  Yeah, I can’t find my instruction manual either. When I had my daughter, Audrey, I didn’t know what I was in for when it came to getting her to sleep.  The first night we brought her home from the hospital she cried the ENTIRE night.  After we tried feeding, burping, changing, singing, football holding, bouncing, gas dropping, and doing a little bit of crying ourselves, we started thinking that maybe she wasn’t sleeping because of what she was or wasn’t sleeping in.

The onesie we brought her home from the hospital clearly wasn’t cutting it.  So we put her in the softest infant pajamas we could find.  Strike one.  Then we though she might want to just be in her bassinet and have us stop fussing over her.  Strike two.  Then I remembered seeing the nurses back at the hospital swaddle Audrey all the time, and that maybe that was why she slept so well while we were there.  I scoured through my collection of baby blankets until I found an Aden & Anais Swaddling Blanket that a friend had given me at a baby shower.

I came running to my husband, who has tending to Audrey, with my secret weapon in hand.  “Look, I found the swaddling blanket! Let’s try swaddling her!” I exclaimed.  My husband said, “Great!  Do you know how to use it?”  I paused and said, “It can’t be that hard to figure out.”  After watching a few You Tube videos on how to swaddle a baby, I became an expert (or so I thought) and attempted swaddling Audrey for the first time.  I had to re-do my swaddle about 20 times, but by the 21st try I succeeded in swaddling her tightly and she fell asleep in her father’s arms for the rest of the night (or early morning I should say).

So many times parents think that when they have a baby that they will just be endowed with tons of wisdom about how to take care said baby.  Sorry, not gonna happen folks.  I personally believe scripture provides us with lots of wisdom with raising a child, but nothing super practical when it comes to how to get a baby to sleep.  So to answer my own question, what do babies sleep in, I’ve created the following list to help any parents who are pondering the same question.

Put your baby in pajamas.  It gets cold at night, they need a little bit of extra warmth.  A onesie isn’t going to cut it.  Get some long pajamas that cover their arms and feet, made of either cotton or fleece.  In the colder months here in Cincinnati I put Audrey in fleece pajamas because it would get below freezing outside at night, which always made our house feel a bit colder.

If your baby doesn’t hate it, swaddle them.  I’ve heard of some babies hating to be swaddled and sleep better without it, but those babies are few and far between.  Watch these videos to learn how to swaddle and be ready to do it when your baby comes into the world.  Heck, even ask one of the nurses at the hospital to give you a training on how to do it because they are professional swaddlers.  You want to swaddle your baby tight, but not so tight that you cut off circulation.  Some babies like to be swaddled but don’t like their hands to be stuck in the swaddle.  However, there is a way to swaddle a baby with their hands sticking out of the top of the swaddle.

No heavy blankets on the baby. Babies don’t need heavy blankets to keep them warm.  The swaddle will keep them warm and help them retain their body heat.  Don’t put any heavy blankets on your baby because it is a safety hazard and could suffocate them.  So save that nice quilt your grandmother made for them until they are a few years older.

Baby mittens are okay, hats are not.  If your baby scratches themself all the time and it is interrupting their sleep, put a pair of baby mittens on them before you wrap them up in a swaddle.  This will keep them from scratching themselves while they sleep.  However, do not put a hat.  A lot of parents will put a hat on their baby to keep them warm while they sleep.  Babies don’t need to sleep in hats, and they can create a hazard for your baby if the hat falls down into their face and they can’t get it off.

These tips are short and sweet, and very useful for any parent who is trying to help their baby sleep better.  Remember, don’t over think this.  Just use your common sense, rely on wisdom from parents who have been around the block, and you and your baby will be much better off.

Have any suggestions on what a baby should sleep in?  Share them below!  Also, do you have an interesting story about your first night home with your new baby?  Share it, we love stories!!!

Interested in purchasing some Aden & Anais Swaddling Blankets so that your baby can sleep soundly?  You can buy them here from our website, BlanketMyBaby.com!

 

 

Potty Training Boys – You Peed Where?

June 5th, 2013

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Yes, those are my two boys – Emil and Corin.  Adorable right?  You may think that at first glance, but when it comes to potty training boys, there is no cuteness that can overtake the frustration you may feel as a parent.  Been there.

Ok, Corin, we can still chalk up to being a baby.  He’s about 10 months.  We’ll give him time.  Emil, on the other hand, is 2 3/4.  He’ll be 3 in September of 2013.  So, we’ve come to expect a bit more out of him.  And up until recently, we were having no success whatsoever.  What changed?  I don’t know.  I think it’s a complicated algorithm.  But, I’ll share our story, and maybe you can learn a few lessons from us when it comes to potty training your boys.

Here are a few common statements / tips we’ve heard and our experience with each:

He’ll be ready when he’s ready – This one we heard a lot.  I’m still trying to way the truth behind this statement.  For a long time, when someone told me this, it just made me mad because I figured I could train my kid to use the toilet.  On the flip side, after fighting the potty for months and months, the boy did seem to turn it on like a switch one day.  So, I would say there is an element of truth to this.

Just let him sit on the toilet, and he’ll go – What’s crazy about our son is that he went on the potty at 4 months old.  I could tell when he would start pushing, and would place him on the throne.  He would go.  Mommy and daddy thought we had a Wonder Child on our hands.  Then, everything began to reverse course.  We tried books.  We tried the iPad.  We tried treats.  We tried songs.  We tried everything.  It didn’t matter how long we would leave him on the potty, he would not go.  After a while, we felt that putting him on the potty would have a negative affect if he didn’t correlate it with going #1 or #2.

Just put him in underwear and let him learn from his mistake – Uhhh yeah, didn’t work.  17 accidents and 4 packs of underwear later, my wife gave up on this one in a hurry.

potty-training-boyWatch videos and movies – We watched every Elmo video there was about potty time.  All it did was give Emil some new songs in his vocabulary.  There was a positive response to the videos, but not the results we were seeking.

Peer Pressure – The standard dialogue went like this, “Come on Emil, Daddy goes on the potty.  Mommy goes on the potty.  Isaac, Uriah, Ajax, Uncle Spencer, Aunt Mckenzi, Uncle Suke, Mimi, Grumps, all go on the potty.”  Everyone and their mother goes on the potty!  Don’t you want to?  No.

Let the boy run free – For us, taking the pants off and letting the boy bear it all to the world was our biggest success.  We recently lived in a place where this wasn’t possible.  Then, we just moved where we have a semi-private back yard.  Warm weather and no pants got Emil excited about peeing in the grass.  It wasn’t long before that transitioned to the potty, and even realizing when he had to go take a poopy.  Mom even let him stay in the house with no diaper, and while there were a few accidents, this seemed to be the best bet.  He was able to tell when he really had to go, and didn’t waste any precious time trying to take clothes or a diaper off.

What’s the conclusion?  If you are potty training boys, hang in there.  It will come.  If you have the opportunity to let them run around with their pants off, do it.  If they and you feel safe, then it’s a great, natural way for them to learn to listen to what their body is telling them.

Ideas for Personalized Blankets – DIY & Other Options

June 3rd, 2013

Personalized blankets are a thoughtful, sincere gift are cherished by baby and parents alike.  And when it comes to personalized blankets, there are lots of ideas to choose from.  So, where do you begin?  The goal of this blog post is to give you a few different ideas and options to choose from when choosing a personalized blanket for a gift.

There are two major categories for personalized baby blankets – Do-It-Yourself or Outsource it.

Homemade Personalized Blankets

If you are the do-it-yourselfer, then good for you!  There are several directions you can go for a personalized blanket.  Whether you are using your sewing skills or the aid of computer software, there’s a certain sense of satisfaction you get by making the blanket yourself.  The extra time, care and energy put into the blanket makes it a labor of love.  Here are just a few ideas for making your own personalized blanket:

Descriptive Word Quilt – being able to embroider text into a quilt opens up all kinds of possibilities for personalized blankets.  A unique message can be perfect for a personalized baptism gift because it is perfect to place a religious message or well known quote.

Homemade Photo Quilt – with all of the great software out there, it is easy to transfer personal photos to material that will work into a quilt.  If you’re tired of photos only being on Facebook or don’t care for digital photo frames, a picture quilt can make an amazing personalized gift.

Family Tree – Is your family tree branching out?  Then, a family tree blanket can be an amazing gift for grandparents or to give children to teach them about your family.  Add photos, dates, names and bring your family’s story to life through a warm and cuddly blanket!

t-shirt quiltThe Recycled T-Shirt Quilt – this one is a lot of fun to do and brings your past into the present.  If you have a bunch of old shirts you are willing to part with, you can create a beautiful quilt of t-shirt memories.  Bonus, these quilts can be super soft too because of all of those t-shirt washes!  You can also make this geographical.  I have a friend who made a Young Life t-shirt quilt from all kinds of camp t-shirts.  That was a lot of fun!

 

I’ll Gladly Buy From a Store, Thank You

personalized monkey blankeIf you’re not the do it yourself type, there’s no shame in this place.  In fact, there are hundreds of ideas out there for personalized blankets that still allow you to give an incredibly thoughtful and personal gift.

If you are looking for an adult, you can pretty much take the ideas from above and do a search to find a store that would offer a personalized option.  Often times, you submit picture images or your text and you can have a personalization store create your blanket for you.

If you are looking for a personalized baby blanket, we have several options for you ranging from cuddly and security blankets to chic and high fashion celebrity blankets.

Some of our most popular blankets are from Angel Dear.  These cute and cuddly blankies are perfect for personalized blankets!  Caution, kids can become extremely addicted!  This is no lie.  We often get calls or emails from frantic parents looking for a replacement animal blankie for their child.  For that very reason, parents often buy 2 or even 3 to have a spare on hand.My Blankee Dot Velour

These blankets are priced at only $12 on our site.  So, it’s not absurd to buy a couple.  And if you want a personalized Angel Dear, you are still looking at a gift for about $25 – very sensible for a gift that will stand out from the rest.

We offer a variety of other personalized blankets as well from such great companies as Swaddle Designs, Happy Blankie and more.  But, our best sellers include our My Blankee blankets.  These hypo-allergenic, made in the USA, chic baby blankets are a favorite among such celebrities as Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, Britney Spears, Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes.  If you are looking for a personalized blanket on the higher end, these are the way to go.

So, there are a few items to choose from.  We hope we’ve given you a few ideas to help with your personalized blanket selection!  Good luck!

Personalized Pink Bear Blanket Wins Again

February 27th, 2013

We just received another great review by a happy mother.  Our customers love our personalized animal lovies by Angel Dear.  With cuddly soft material and fun animal heads, what’s not to love?  The blankets are only $13 and you can add personalization for $12 more.  They make excellent gifts for any expecting baby.

Ashley Szeremet over at Spit Up is the New Black received a personalized Pink Angel Dear bear for her little girl that she absolutely loves!  Check out some of these pics and video of her adorable little girl.

What a beautiful little girl enjoying her own personalized blanket.  These blankets become some good friends for these children, and bring so much joy.  We’re so happy another little girl and mother can enjoy these play friends together!

Go to Ahsley’s site and you can enter a giveaway we are offering for your very own Angel Dear blankie.

When to NOT Buy a Baby Blanket – by a Blanket Store Owner

February 7th, 2013

Did I hook with you the title?  Good!  It sounds a little odd, I know.  But, believe it or not, there are non-blood sucking capitalists that exist out there, who aren’t only trying to destroy the world with their greed.  I am one of them.  And while I’m not going to keep you from stopping by our little shop and picking up a personalized blanket or two, I do want to say this.  There are reasons that exist to NOT buy a baby blanket.  In the words of Rhett and Link, “let’s talk about that.”

Ok, so here’s the story.  Recently, we had a customer call in who was in a real pickle.  Her daughter’s day care had accidentally sent her baby blanket home with the wrong owner.  No big deal right?  Wrong!!!  If you’ve ever had a 2 year old, you know the hell that was about to break loose.  In short, the child flipped out, was screaming bloody murder, and was all in all not very cool about losing her blankie.

So, here’s what happens next.  The mom goes online and tries to find a replacement for the blanket.  And, through the wonderful gift of the interwebs, she found our website.  She matches the daughter’s blanket, and places the order.  Woo hoo!  Good for us, right?  Well, here is where it took a little twist. The mom called our customer service representative, and wanted to clarify when the blanket would be shipped.  One problem was that this blanket was not one we have in stock.  It ships from one of our partners and takes a little longer than usual to get to our customers.  (Side note – when you run a small business with small margins, you have to test out vendors sometimes.  Once the demand is high enough, we order the blankets and keep them in house for personalization and faster shipping).  This was not good news for the mom.

Meanwhile, daughter is in full meltdown mode.  Now, I don’t know if you have kids or not.  I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 6 month old boy.  To me, there is not any doubt in my mind that God made the sound of children’s screaming and crying so freaking unbearable that a parent will do ANYTHING to make it stop.  I remember my older brother telling me this when I was an uncle with no kids.  I kind of shrugged it off.  Now that I have 2 of my own, I understand fully.  By the way, smart move by God.  It keeps us parents on our toes because we will do everything we can to limit that sound, which usually means good things for our children.

I mention that to say that I understand this mother’s plight.  But, here is where the story becomes a bit uncool.  My customer service rep, who is the bomb diggity at her job and a real sweetheart, went over and beyond helping this customer out.  She politely passed on all of the information she had on the situation, and did her best to rush the order.  However, this was not good enough for the mother.  (I’m normally not in the habit of defaming customers, but wait for it, there’s a lesson to be learned here.)  Instead, Mom called our rep and with child screaming into the phone, demanded that the blanket show up that night.  Uh … what?  You want us to personalize a blanket and guarantee it by tonight???  After making my rep listen to the screaming, she then said that her daughter’s crying was our fault.  Yes, our fault.

I will say this.  My employee had more patience than I.  I know the customer is always supposed to be right, but uh, there’s a limit to that.  Now let me say again that I empathize with this mother.  Screaming children are not easy to task.  They certainly push me to my limit, and I’ve gone beyond my patience limit before.  If you have kids, you know what I am saying.

Now, the point.  When should we NOT buy a baby blanket?  Here’s the deal, many of these blankets are sold as “security” blankets.  In fact, we have a whole category of them on our website.  They are very popular.  Why?  They help soothe a child.  They give them a sense of familiarity, comfort and peace.  There are tons of studies about this kind of thing.  And, most of them are all legit.  Again, I’m a blanket salesman who sells security blankets.  I think they can be a great thing.

But, like all good things, you can have too much.  And here is that limit.  When a child is so dependent on a security blanket, or a pacifier, or a boob, or a toy, or anything, then as a parent, it’s our job to step in and help  this child through that dependency issue.  If their security is literally found in that thing, then what are we teaching our kids?  That things can satisfy?  That we have safety and security in material items?  I suppose some people may transpire to this train of thought, but I do not.  I think that is a lie.  I believe as a parent that it is our role to actually teach our children that this world is hard.  That it’s going to knock you around.  That, you are going to get bruises.  And you know what?  We can’t trust in most of what this world offers as security.

This is my owner personal point of view.  So, take it or leave it.  But, I believe that the only security we can find in this world is with the one who created the world.  Everything else is simply an illusion of safety.

Ok Eric, you’ve made a pretty large leap from a child crying about not having their blankie to discussing theology.

Yes, I have, but I don’t think the two are very far apart. The Lord said this to Abraham in Genesis 18:

 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.

We have a mighty role to play for God here on earth.  Our calling as parents is a massive undertaking.  Our job is to train our children to keep the way of the Lord.  It’s an extremely noble calling, and a very hard, hard job.  Sometimes, that might mean taking the security blanket away. Sometimes, it may mean not even buying it all.

So Thankful This Christmas Season

December 8th, 2012

It’s been an amazing year for us.  The Lord has blessed us with our second son, Corin Solomon Sztanyo.  He was born on August 2nd, and has been such a pleasure.  His big brother, Emil, loves him dearly.  And we just have to keep an eye on giving him too many hugs!  Adjusting to two boys has been challenging, but we feel incredibly blessed to have both of them in our lives.

BlanketMyBaby has had a great year as well.  We are never going to be Amazon or Wal-Mart, but we are happy doing what we do best, providing a wonderful baby blanket selection at a low cost.  More and more, our customer base has been craving personalized blankets.  So, we work hard to offer a great selection of blankets to choose from that can all have a personal touch to them.  My Blankee and Angel Dear lovies are certainly among some of our bestsellers.

As we enter into this holiday season, we just wanted to take a minute to count our blessings.  We are grateful for our boys, our health, our family, and our Lord.  We hope you take the time to stop and be thankful as well.  Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to appease everyone with all the Christmas bustle.  Take some time to enjoy the gift that God has given us – his son, Jesus.  Emmanuel, God had come to live with us.  Praise him!

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