- Boundaries: Teaches self-control and stability.
- Safety: I know my babes are safe.
- Easy: It's easier to take a blanket with you than a portable play pin.
- Peace and Order: I need time to rest and break from the day's work. Gives me a chance to regroup knowing my babes are not running around getting into all kinds of mischief.
- Homeschool: While I school the older children, my little ones are well-adjusted on their blankets.
- Chores: A soft place to land when mommy has to cook or clean.
- A small shoebox with a few toys or books
- A Timer
A small shoebox with a few toys or books is appropriate for their specified time on the blanket. Again, use the same toys for all sessions on blanket. Use specified toys only for blanket time.
A timer is used so the child understands there is a beginning and an end to their time on blanket.
Why use the same blanket and toys? It gives child a sense of familiarity, routine, and stability.
I usually begin blanket training as soon as my child starts sitting up and crawling (6-9 months).
Find a time when training is most convenient. Do not train while you are cooking, schooling, tending to other children, or cleaning. It's important that while training is in session that your focus is on the child.
- I sit my child down on blanket with shoebox.
- I tap the four sides of blanket while saying no.
- I set timer for 5 minutes.
- I sit nearby to help my child stay seated on blanket if needed. I may knit or read a book. Something effortless while I sit nearby.
- If child leaves the blanket (and they will), I gently place them back on blanket tapping all four sides of the blanket while saying no. I repeat this as often as it takes within the five minutes.
- Once the five minutes are up and timer rings, I praise the child for a job well done and remove the child from blanket.
- I have child help with clean up.
I repeat this training process everyday until child has successfully completed five minutes of blanket time. My goal is to gradually increase time increments by 5 minutes until I reach 60 minutes. You can decide time increments that work well for your child and family.
It took us approximately two weeks of consistency and repetition to accomplish this task, but the effort was well worth it.
Blanket training is one way we can provide a foundation that builds upon future training in righteousness and obedience.
It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation (Proverbs 24:3).