Self Soothing Blanket

How to sew a self soothing blanket.

How to make your own self soothing blanket for toddlers

This probably won't work... Not to be negative, but my 2.5 year old is pretty sure I'm the #1 (and only) self soothing mechanism. But I'm giving it a try.

Recently G has taken to rubbing my neck to soothe himself to sleep or to calm down when he's upset. As in, one day I realized I'd been walking around with blood on my neck cuz he'd hurt me doing it. It just isn't cool. I've been trying to redirect him to rub my hair which would be way more reinforcing as it's my favorite thing ever. Work in progress. 

In the meantime, I took three fabrics that seemed closest to the feeling of skin and made a pillow case of sorts with it, backing it with bubble minky. I left one end open with snaps for closure. I used muslin to make a rice pack to go inside it. I should be able to heat the pack up if needed.

The plan of attack is to lay this over my neck when he tries to self soothe by rubbing.

Muslin fabric inner rice pack filled with rice (long grain)
and I sewed each section shut so it would be more even than
if the whole thing had all that rice shifting all over. Can be
heated up in microwave (just the inside packet), but make
sure not to burn the rice. Smells icky if you do that. Oh yeah
and I added a few drops of lavender essential oil to the rice.
Calming. Had to try it. 
Opening to insert the muslin inner rice pack.
I did the snaps weird, but I wanted to put the snaps through
both layers because I don't think the snaps would've been
okay without additional reinforcement if I'd only done
one layer. I could've made it work by adding a little
square of fabric on the inside, but I chose to do it this way
instead. Works fine.
Snapped closed. Nothing special. The insert could probably
still fall out, but it was good enough for my purposes.
And here's the kiddo, eating a yogurt popsicle and touching it.
Please kid, love the lovey. Please.

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