So, when I was little (and still to this day) I have a security blanket. I don't carry it around with me anymore but when I use it it sure is great! In fact I wrapped Anna up in it in the Hospital. It has held up quite nicely. I am sure my mother didn't train me to get attached to the blanket, I know it just happened. Well, for Anna, its a little bit of a different story.
Someone gave us an adorable pink bunny that has a small blanket attached. They actually make these things to become Lovey's or security animal/blankets! Anyway, Anna has grown quite accustomed to falling asleep while nursing, which I think is just fine by the way. She knows how to fall asleep well in her pram, the carseat, and while nursing. So this week I started to teach her how to go to sleep without nursing. It started yesterday at nap time (2nd nap, nap time happens often at our house). I stayed with her while she cried herself to sleep, just a sleepy cry nothing too distressing (we are not into the Ferber method, It just doesn't match our parenting style) plus, I was with her the whole time. Our goal is to teach her that sleep is a peaceful and restful time, not a scary thing that separates her from her parents. Anyway, it took her a half hour to fall asleep without nursing. So then I wondered how long it would take her to learn this new skill. Well that night, while I was nursing her to sleep, I had the idea of giving her this toy to hold while nursing. Well, she loved it. She took her evening nap holding it, and fell asleep for the night holding onto it. I even caught her sucking her thumb and putting herself back to sleep with it at one point. So, today (nap 1) I tried to channel this sleep association to putting herself to sleep without nursing and tada...she was asleep in 10 minutes, with minimal crying! I am not going to let her use her Bunny (who BTW is not named FuFu, but it just reminded me of the song, so far her name is Bunny) outside of falling asleep. She can have other daytime toys for outings etc. This way, washing the little gal won't be too tough, I will just do it while she is awake!