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Benjamin’s blankie has a little giraffe head in one corner. The rest is giraffe-print. I can only assume that the idea of these animal blankies it to help children bond by encouraging them to think of the blankie as a living creature. This seems to have been quite effective with my two year old. A few weeks ago, he got his little hands on one of the spare Giraffies that we keep hidden and rotate in so we can launder the one he has been sucking on all day. We usually keep them hidden away so that he only has one Giraffie at a time, but now and then he manages to sneak one out of the laundry. When this happens, he behaves as though he has won the Lotto – two Giraffies means twice the emotional gratification.
On this particular day, Benjamin sat in the middle of the kitchen, one Giraffie in each hand, and introduced them to one another. They promptly fell in love, and by the time I found him, they were engaged in kissing one another. I broke up the love fest when I took the spare blankie to hide away, much to Ben’s confusion. He could not imagine why I would discourage Giraffie heavy petting.
I guess giraffe blankies must have a short gestation period, because it appears we now have a baby Giraffie. I know this because the other day I found Benjamin in the living room with Giraffie’s head stuck down the front of his shirt.
“Giraffie eatin’ my breast,” he enthused. I wonder if La Leche League has a division for animal blankies…