15 Soothing Baby Loveys They’ll Truly Love
There’s a reason so many children adopt some sort of security blanket. It’s super-important for baby to learn to self-soothe, and not just because it gives you a break from constantly comforting them! It helps them gain confidence as they adjust to the big and sometimes-scary world around them. If you’re ready to introduce a baby security blanket, try a classic baby “lovey” or “blankie.”
First things first: What is a lovey? The broad term refers to any calming object a child attaches to, but the most common kind of baby lovey is a small, soft piece of fabric (a mini blanket), sometimes attached to a stuffed animal. These types of lovies for babies are great because they’re easy to carry and safe to sleep with—that is, after the 12-month mark. Here, learn when to give baby a lovey, then shop 16 of our favorite blankies on the market.
Introducing a baby lovey may sound like a great first step toward sleep training, but you should actually avoid giving baby a security blanket to sleep with until they’ve turned one. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep their kids’ cribs blankie-free for the first 12 months due to the serious threat of suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Many lovies for babies are advertised as safe for infants and can make for a sweet plaything, but hold off on making them a part of your bedtime routine until baby’s first birthday.
Whether you’re searching for fan-favorite baby security blankets with animal heads or a more simple (but still super-soft) blankie, we’ve found a baby lovey perfect for your little one.
There’s nothing like a snuggly bunny lovey to sooth your tot during naptime. This one also provides a ton of tactile stimulation, thanks to the tuggable ears and plush fabric.
This giraffe lovey has the sweetest little face and the softest blankie fabric to boot.
Say hello to baby’s new best friend: this unique, totally adorable elephant lovey. We love the jungle print on the blankie, not to mention the silky-soft material. The luxe lovey also makes a great gift.
Baby will love nuzzling this warm, cozy blankie, which comes attached to a full-blown stuffed animal (not just the head)! In fact, that’s what really sets this monkey lovey apart.
This simple baby lovey has an appealing furry center surrounded by the silkiest edges ever. How’s that for stimulating and soothing texture?
Baby’s bound to get some dirt, food or who-knows-what-else on their lovey, especially if they carry it everywhere. That’s why a machine-washable option, like this sweet fox lovey, comes in clutch.
This Amazon’s Choice baby security blanket has a unique design we love. The bear lovey features a rustic mountain scene on the blankie portion, which will fit right in in a nature-inspired nursery or playroom.
Brighten your little one’s day with this adorable rainbow-themed baby lovey. The faux fur fabric is trimmed in satin to feel luxuriously soft against your babe’s sensitive skin, and the plush rainbow makes for fun fidgeting (and gnawing).
Your baby lovey is going to see a whole lot of snuggles, so why not make sure your kiddo’s face is pressed up against nothing but the best? This lovey blanket is made from GOTS certified organic cotton.
Pottery Barn sells some of the cutest loveys for babies around. This bunny blankie is crafted from faux fur and the nose from faux suede for the softest of snuggles. It’s even hypoallergenic and made with environmentally safe dyes. Also available in a lion and hippo.
Just look at this insanely cute llama lovey. It’s a trendy choice your mom friends will obsess over.
This sensory baby lovey has a soft comforter to help baby sleep and relax. The bold, velcro patch also makes it easy to attach to a stroller or even baby’s car seat for a smooth journey. This lovey also includes a pacifier holder, a cry sensor, and don’t forget about those soothing tunes.
Searching for an organic baby lovey? Check out this one-of-a-kind blankie with a playful octopus design. It’s hand-knitted and feels like the coziest of sweaters, which sets it apart from plush and silk loveys.
Leave it to Burt’s Bees Baby to make another awesome organic option. This blankie comes attached to a—you guessed it—bee. It’s made from snuggly velour cotton that’s pleasant to stroke.
Another childrens’ fad we’re here for? Unicorn kids’ gear. This baby security blanket can be every parent’s dream come true. Besides for the adorable unicorn with a dazzling gold horn, this luxurious blanket can keep baby warm with its soft plush material. The blanket also contains cute knotted edges for baby to grasp and chic packaging with bright colors—talk about a great gift.