Back in December of 2016, we were having our first "official" family vacation at Disney.
We had gone out to Disney Springs to check out the holiday decorations and just hang out for a bit. We didn't think it was going to be as cold as it was for Madison since we had her bundled up from head to toe, so we left her blankets back at the hotel room.
Come about 8:45PM, the temperature dropped into the low 60's and you could see how cold our poor baby was. I forced Alex into buying Madison a blanket where he found this bright yellow Simba blanket that cost $40.00. It was a baby blanket, literally no longer than 3 or 4 feet of material. He was so upset that I made him buy a $40.00 blanket that would possibly only be used a number of times and be thrown out.
Well, it's almost a year later and Madison has still yet to give that blanket up.
Her Simba Blanket is her security blanket, she falls asleep with it every single night. Some kids need a pacifier or a stuffed animal but she needs that.
I've never paid much mind to it being that big of a deal for her until the other night when I was driving home (FYI, Madison hates the car more than I think any kid or baby has ever hated the car before. She's usually not happy unless someone is in the back seat with her or just as of recently, she's been okay with the soundtrack of Moana or Frozen playing).
Last Wednesday night, Alex had gone to play soccer with a co worker and his brother. I had stopped by my moms house after picking up Maddie from Alex's mom. When it was time to head home, I put her into her carseat, buckled her in and closed the door.
Screaming and crying, I played Frozen's "Let It Go" to help calm her down (it's usually an instant savior). I began to back out of the house and go on my merry way back home.
It didn't work.
I had to stop about 5 minutes into the drive home to try and calm her down, the constant screaming and crying of "Mama! Mamaaaaaaa! Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !" had finally gotten to me. We usually take her blanket inside the house after we drop her off, but for some magical reason we left it in the car that day.
When I pulled over, and jumped into the back of the car with her, I handed her the blanket which she instantly grabbed rubbed her face with it and calmed down. I played the Moana soundtrack to try and switch up the music on her, and she fell asleep.
Whatever your child uses as a security blanket, I suggest you always have that back up on hand. You never know when they'll have a giant melt down and need it the most.