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.