Did (or does) your little one carry a security blanket?

For my son, Marshall, it was an embroidered baby quilt that had been a baby shower gift from my cousin, Lona and her mom. It was one of those lightweight quilts that came “stamped” with the design. And Lona and her mom embroidered it. I treasured the quilt from the beginning,  and I was happy that it became the item Marshall always wanted to have with him.

By the time Marshall graduated from his crib to a big boy bed, his “banket” was an ever-constant companion. Here it is at the foot of his bed. I can’t believe how tiny he is. (I apologize for the poor photo quality. It was a Polaroid and hasn’t stood the test of time well.)

Around this time, Marshall must have been undecided as to whether his future was in firefighting or farming.  But there’s his blanket, serving as a field for the tractor.

Marshall’s blanket even went with us to the zoo. From his expression, he seems to be needing the security. Obviously not a big fan of the elephants.

I still have Marshall’s blanket. When I look at it, I remember the naps, bedtimes, car trips, doctor’s appointments and even a couple of hospital visits where it helped comfort a little fella. And I remember the time we left it at his Granny’s, and didn’t realize it til we were probably twenty miles away.  Of course, we went back for it.

Most of the stitches were worn away years ago.

During the time Marshall was carrying this blanket EVERYWHERE, the red binding wore away, and I replaced it with blue.  The “nighty nite” and “I love you” were printed on the quilt, with the space left blank in the middle for the baby’s name. I embroidered “Marshall” in that space after he was born.

Marshall may decide one day that he’d like to have his quilt. But til then, it’s safe with me. With its worn away stitches, and little stains here and there, it’s even more of a treasure than ever.

13 responses to “Security

  1. I remember that quilt so well and how impressed we were with it. Aunt Doris and Lona stitched a lot of love in that quilt. I’m sure Marshall loves it as much now as he did when he “carried his security” with him!!

  2. My daughter still (at 30) has the quilt that was made for her when she was a baby. The binding has mostly come undone from the quilt, but she would never let me sew it back on. She liked to play with it.
    It now sits on a quilt rack in her bedroom with her treasured I Love Lucy quilt that was made and given to her for her 30th bday by a good friend of hers.

  3. Our daughter Laura had a yellow blanket she slept with and carried everywhere. It would start to get ragged and we would cut little pieces of it so she could rub it on her arms and nose to fall asleep. Do you still do that Laura?

  4. Awww, precious items like that just take you right back in time don’t they?
    Yes, my little boy, now 15 years old, used to pack one around too.

  5. It’s amazing what a blanket can do !!

  6. how sweet (and i specifically looked for what marshall might say about this post! i think it served him well!)

  7. What a sweet post! Our oldest had a blankie made for him by a favourite auntie – Care Bears .. Some of the bears faces have been “loved” off. The youngest has a quilt-type blankie with brown & blue squares and shhh .. it’s still safely tucked in his room. When he’s sick, he likes to have it nearby even though it hardly covers 1/3 of his 6’3″ body.

    for both of them the blankie has been a super hero cape, a snack spot, a cozy pillow and a warm friend.

    Cheers & Happy Mother’s day, too 🙂 MJ

  8. My hair is Bugaboo’s security blanket… From the time he was a baby, he would always keeps his fingers entwined in my hair. He couldn’t go to sleep unless he was holding onto it… he still sleeps with me… with his hands in my hair. Most days, I am fine with it, but there are times when it drives me crazy and two months ago in a daze, I went and had over 6 inches cut off thinking I could finally have my hair back to myself… nope. He just sleeps even closer to me at night now 🙂 My pediatrician assured me that it would not last and to enjoy it while it lasted, so that is what I am doing, but he is my little Clingon!

  9. Such a nice story and a wonderful treasure to keep for him. Isn’t it always good to have a few of those things tucked away for a “remembering” day?

  10. I love the field for his tractor…doing his job, being a toddler. My grandson has to have his “Thomas” blanket when he plays, works at the station, sleeps and probably dreams Thomas.

  11. Ahhh, what a sweet post! When my son Paul was born, his auntie gave him a soft brown bunny. It sat on a shelf till he was 15 months old. At that time, words were starting to some to him and bunny became “Bubby.”. Well, Bubby became Paul’s very best friend and went everywhere with us! One day we even left Bubby at his daycare on Friday afternoon and we had to call the director at home that night to see if we could pick him up! Tragedy averted! Finally as Paul aged, Bubby became less important. About age 9, Paul brought Bubby to me and said “Here Momma, you keep Bubby. You need him more than I do.” it brings sweet tears to my eyes!

  12. I loved this blog! The pictures and the stories. Ethan didn’t have a blanket but Adam had a Hot Night Night and a Cold Night Night. I can’t remember why he called them that? Hmmm. How soon we forget the little things. See Diane… now you have pictures and a story so you never forget!

  13. My daughter may have had a blanket for a short while, but she still has her rag-tag pink fluffy dog, Sleepyhead. 🙂

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