Wednesday, September 22

Gentle Blanket Training

Treasures from a Shoebox asked if I did blanket training with our son, Chase and as I began typing out a reply, I realized it was long enough for a post in and of itself. So here is my reply:

I did a loose form of blanket training with Chase, beginning with lap training when he was just a baby, getting him used to sitting in my lap with a toy to play with and exchanging out the toy for a new one every few minutes. This got him used to sitting still on my lap for 10 or so minutes at a time. He's always been an active boy (is there another kind?)and so it really did take some enjoyable "training" for him to get used to it. What baby won't love sitting with mama and having something new to chew on and explore?

Now he'll take out his blankie and sit on it and ask for something to do when he sees the other kids getting out their lessons. I never had to yell or scold to blanket train him, just made sure he had fun activities to do on the blankie and that if he chose to get up and walk around, the activity got put away right away, leaving him with the motivation to sit on the blanket if he wants to continue playing with his activity. If Chase does start climbing on the kids while they are doing lessons, I'll switch out whatever I gave him to do with something else.

The activities we use for lesson time are kept in a drawer in the dining room, where we do lessons, and aren't taken out at any other time, keeping them more exciting and "new".

I've heard and read some really harsh reviews of blanket training, which I think is so ridiculous, as its been one of the gentlest methods used in our home.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooooooooo.....we're gonna copy this!

Thank you so much!!

Mrs R

Anonymous said...

I never heard of blanket training.. before now..

Sue in NJ

Tasha said...

I have never heard of it, but sure wish I had known about it with my twin boys. I love the idea!

I am blessed! said...

I blanket trained our most recent daughter and have found it a tremendous blessing! I started when she was only 6 months old so there was no scolding or spanking involved. She was very impressionable and not too mobile, yet. When she would crawl off, I would just put her right back on. This has enabled me to bring her into church with us- the first time we've had a toddler worship with us. I'm so grateful for learning of blanket training. We also use it for family worship time at home- and yes, sometimes she ends up on my lap :).

Celee

lisa said...

I just found your blog....and then you posted on blanket training! We have trained all three of our children to play on a certain blanket, and it has served our family so well. I can't even count the ways we have enjoyed a content baby who plays on their blanket.

Thanks for sharing your parenting wisdom with others!

impossibleway said...

I was just thinking that using a blanket for play for little ones is somewhat akin to the Montessori idea of having small rugs for certain activities. It does appear to help little ones stay organized and calm without set walls.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of blanket training before, either...
Sounds like an interesting idea, though!

Chelsea A said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to try it with my 8 mo old. He's always into something and never happy in the play pen - maybe this will work!

Renata said...

What a wonderful way of blanket training - I too have heard of the harsher methods.
I came across you blog through raising homemakers - it's lovely!
Have a great day
Renata:)

Renata said...

What a wonderful way of blanket training - I too have heard of the harsher methods.
I came across you blog through raising homemakers - it's lovely!
Have a great day
Renata:)