Some parents wait until their baby can easily roll, sit up and crawl before offering a lovey. Often this happens before the first birthday. Because of their baby’s physical agility, they feel confident that a lovey poses little to no risk.
Ideally, these parents have discussed this with their pediatrician.
To prepare, some parents tell me they practiced during the day before offering a lovey at night. When their baby was happy and awake, they gently covered her face with the lovey to see if she could quickly and easily take it off.
Important note: Your child’s lovey should be smaller than her head and NOT have any parts that can be ripped or bitten off and swallowed (like a plastic eye or nose.) This is for ALL AGES, not just babies.