Don’t Take Away My Baby-Blankey

               A security object is defined as “a soft, clingable object that provides the child with security and comfort in mildly or moderately fearful situations.” There is a wide variety of security objects that children used to sooth themselves.  These inanimate objects provide comfort and sanctuary for children who are attached to them.  Some children snuggle blankets, some suck on pacifiers, others cuddle stuffed animals but no matter what they are using as an attachment agent there seems to be a benefit behind the presence of a security object. 

            Unlike some who believe that the use of such security objects prove a child to be anxious and insecure, John Bowlby considered these security objects to be a “substitute” mother for children’s whose parents were readily absent.  He thought of these security blankets, teddy bears, and pacifiers to be an enviable replacement.  In fact, evidence shows that these “blanket-attached children” show no more or less maladjustments than kids who are not attached to an inanimate object.

            Studies show that there are advantages of having a security object.  Children who were left alone in an unfamiliar room cried less when they had a security object present.  These children were also more willing to explore and play.  Security objects are used as a source of maternal comfort when children are experiencing and exploring the foreign and unknown. As well as assisting separation from their parents, security objects can also encourage interaction with strangers and it can promote sleep because of its soothing abilities. Security items can provide a sense of well being and attachment that is needed in stressful and new situations.  While security object should not serve as a replacement attachment figure they do provide some benefits.

Katie Hasiak


~ by knhasiak on October 4, 2009.

One Response to “Don’t Take Away My Baby-Blankey”

  1. I greatly enjoyed reading your post. You brought up some very thought provoking comments. I definitely have to agree with you on your topic. I never knew that a security object could affect a child so much in unfamiliar territories. Good job on your post!

    By: Ashley Crawford

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