Laundering a Lovey
If it's time to wash a comfort object but your child won't let go, try these tricks.
- Give it a "bath." With your toddler watching, throw the blankie into the washing machine, then plop her into the tub. Let her know that soon she and her lovey will both be squeaky-clean.
- Ask for his help. Explain that his lovey needs to go for a swim in the washing machine. With your assistance, have your child toss it in, pour in the detergent, and press the start button.
- Hand wash it. If your child can't bear the thought of having her comfort object go into the washing machine, simply soak it in the sink with some gentle detergent.
- Pull the old switcheroo. Try swapping out the soiled lovey for a clean one while your child is napping or playing.
Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission from the August 2007 issue of Parents magazine.