Sophie is firmly attached to her pink blankie. (Scroll a couple posts down, and you can see her with it while she waits for the girls to come home from school.) There is a framed picture of her as a newborn in the living room, and her blankie is also prominently featured in the photo. She gets so excited just looking at her photo because her "baypie" is in it, too!
I think the main reason she loves it so much is because of it's satiny material. When she is drinking her milk she runs her thumb and forefinger over it. She cannot drink her milk or go to bed without this blanket. It's impossible.
While this attachment is very cute and adorable and all my children have had their favorite blankies (still do, in fact), it makes it very difficult to actually clean it. As you can imagine, since the poor blanket is dragged everywhere, it gets rather dirty. I'd like to clean it daily, but I settle for about once a week.
Sophie hates seeing her blanket go in the washer, and insists on its immediate removal if I am caught. Lucky for us, I discovered that I have a nightshirt that is the same color pink and the same sateen material. One day, she found it in the laundry pile and thought it was her blanket and carried it around the house. So now I know how she can be tricked into a clean blanket.
Look closely, and you can tell this is a nightshirt...see the sleeve, buttons and collar? Sophie either has no idea, or it's a good enough substitution for her that she doesn't care. She can do her thing with it to relax herself, and that's all she needs.
I don't care either, as long as I can wash the real thing sometimes.