Curious- are boys or girls more likely to have a "blankie"?

United States
February 9, 2007 7:40pm CST
I have a 4 1/2 yr old daughter, who is slowly but surely ratting her second "blankie". She also still sucks her thumb. I think they're related somehow, because a couple years ago, we took away the first blankie (as it was completely trashed), and we noticed she stopped sucking her thumb. Then my husband got the brilliant idea to get both kids blankies- and she immediately started up again. SIGH. My son does not suck his thumb, and really only likes his blankie because his big sister does. But he doesn't take it every where with him like she does. So.. I'm curious by your answers, to know if more boys, or girls, are dragging around "blankies"?
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@ShaneA (18)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
Ok, I admit it I was the only guy in university dorms with a blankie. I called it wullabie after some obscure 80's movie. There is nothing wrong with a comfort blanket. Maybe she some how connected the two as comfort and thats why she sucks her thumb when shes around her blanket. She hopefully will stop sucking her thumb as its not good for her tooth development but I hate to think of depriving her from her blanket.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
awww. :P So my new thread about finding a creative way to detach her from it would make me an awful mom? LOL :D
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@ShaneA (18)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
Well the fact that your looking for a solution makes you a great mom!
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• United States
10 Feb 07
well, thank you. :) i appreciate that!
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@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
10 Feb 07
My daughter who's 8 this year does not have a blankie but a pillow which she is very attached to up to this very day. She likes to finger the lace that the pillow case has. She also still sucks her thumb unconsciously when she sleeps at night. At one stage, I applied nail polish on her nails and she managed to stop the habit for a short while. My son, on the hand does not suck his thumb ,neither does he have any blankie. The only pacifier he has is me :)
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• United States
10 Feb 07
my son was really big into his pacifier, or "binkie" as we called it. but we sort of cut him off cold turkey. actually one day we couldn't find any of them, and we decided not to get him anymore. LOL he seemed fine. i should try that nail polish on my daughter. i think it's usually for people who bite their nails, right?
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@inked4life (4227)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Well I have a boy and a girl, and my daughter was the only one that had a blankie. She went to bed with it every night up until she was around 7 years old and then we somehow managed to leave it in a hotel room we were staying at and she just kinda forgot about it. My son is 6 and had never had that kind of attachment to a blankie or a toy of any kind.
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@rainbow (6763)
11 Feb 07
My 7 year old still has his blanky but not all the time, if he's really upset or a bit poorly he will ask for it. My 3 year old uses to like his but never really got attached to anyting except me, bless him. Not sure about girls, sorry don't have any, I didn't have one.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
My first daughter never had a comfort object. She had no preference to a specific blanket or animal. When she was 6 she won herself a purple puppy and carried that dang thing EVERYWHERE for 2 years. Now she still has it but doesn't lose sleep if it's not with her. My second daughter LOVED her blankie. She had a cotton one with the satin trim. She wouldn't sleep without it. I made her a similar one as a backup. She was 5 before she'd sleep without it. My oldest son still has his blankie I crocheted him. He's 4 1/2 now. He can sleep without it but it's still very important. He'd find the corner and rub it between his chubby fingers and fall asleep that way. I only see him doing that now if he's sick. My youngest son is like his older sister-no preference to any blankie or stuffed animal.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I wouldn't be able to hazard a guess on this. I just know that CJ is 8 and still sleeps with his; he doesn't carry it around everywhere like he used to. It was his own idea about just sleeping with it so I didn't have to do any coaxing...lol
• United States
13 Feb 07
well lucky you! LOL! :) What a sweetie pie he sounds like!