Laura has loved her Snugglie, a yellow giraffe-head blanket, for more than 4 years. When Laura works herself into an emotional maelstrom, Snugglie soothes. When Laura is alone in the dark, Snugglie provides companionship.
Snugglie is actually a set of 6 identical blankets. We started with just one, but realized for hygiene purposes it would be best to rotate and wash Snugglie on a regular basis. We purchased all that we could find at Target before they were discontinued. An additional 2 were purchased for double the retail price on eBay.
Laura has developed a special Snugglie technique:
1. With left hand, firmly grasp Snugglie around neck. Use left index finger to rub nose.
2. Hold bottom, front corner of Snugglie between right thumb and forefinger. Rub with right thumb.
3. Insert horn in mouth and suck.
Over the past year, we’ve attempted to phase out Snugglie:
Stage 1: Snugglie only for sleep (naps at daycare, sleeping at home)
Stage 2: Snugglie only for sleep at home
Stage 3: Snugglie only for sleep at home upstairs
Laura initially committed to giving up Snugglie when Jason was born, passing Snugglie on to the new baby. She backpedaled quickly. Now she says that she will give up Snugglie when she turns 5 and goes to kindergarten. She loves Snugglie so much and does not want to say goodbye to him.
I am torn between pushing Laura to end her Snugglie relationship and just letting it continue. Is a forced eviction of Snugglie necessary? Will Laura naturally give up Snugglie as she grows older?