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.
|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.