Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
Security Blanket Contingency Plan
Be a cheapskate. Skimp on your baby’s security blanket. You’ll thank me. Taking Bev’s tales of blanket dependence to heart, I am preparing for the day when Little Miss’ security blanket falls apart or gets lost. I’m buying back-up copies.
Don’t blame us, it was a gift:
The "My Banky" [sic] is an animal blanket with a plush head and hindquarters at two corners of the blanket. The animal on our blanket is so unappealing that no one knows quite what it is. We call it "Pony." Some vendors sell it as a giraffe, others a horse. Giraffe is the likely bet, given the nubbins on its head and its official name of "Ginger."
One day I made the mistake of washing Pony and forgetting to toss him in the dryer. Little Miss wailed for a half hour until Pony was dry and returned to her side! We’re buying a duplicate Pony soon because few vendors still sell this ugly (discontinued?) mystery animal. (Many of the other My Banky blankets [froogle.com] are actually quite cute, including a larger giraffe blanket that actually resembles a giraffe.)
Blame us, it was too cute:
The "Buggie Brights Blush [sic] Comfy Cozy" [froogle.com] is an incredibly beautiful, lush cuddle blanket that looks like a butterfly. We call it Billy. Photos don’t capture his shine and softness. Though, looking at Billy now, he does look morbidly obese for a butterfly.
When Little Miss was only a few months old, she loved to grab Billy’s antennae. Miss isn’t fanatically attached to Billy though because Pony has a head and neck that can be cuddled by small hands while Billy is more of an amorphous blob. We discovered Billy at a baby shop for $30 and snatched him up without considering the replacement cost.
New parents: save yourself the misery. Let your baby sleep with a white dish rag from the dollar store!