How early can I introduce a lovey?
The AAP recommends absolutely nothing in the crib until at least one year of age.
No bumpers, no blankets (duh - get yo-self a sleep sack!), no pillows, no stuffed animals, no loveys.
While it may sound like a bit cold and lonely, it's definitely the safest way to go for your little one. Loveys or any other loose soft items run the very real risk of suffocation.
That said - we all know full well that not every parent follows this rule. And often parents introduce a lovey to their baby's crib at an earlier age. (Yikes!)
I'll admit — with my first kid, a year before MiliMili was even thought of, we were a Dock-a-Tot family and my daughter LOVED it. So when we stopped using it - it was ROUGH. (Girl loves to cuddle — she will snuggle even the soft side of the velcro on her shoes.)
Around 9 months, one night we let her sleep with a small stuffed pig and BAM, she was back to being a great sleeper (I did put it over my face to see how feasible it might be that it suffocate her and it had enough surface area variance that I felt safe, plus she sleeps like a wild woman at night, moving all over the bed - so I made a judgement call that she'd be safe).
I'm not saying this was the safest decision or even the right decision (it wasn't.) - but it was the one we made before I did all the research I've done now when we started MiliMili. And with Mikey I made the safe adjustment and we didn't introduce a lovey until a few weeks ago (after he had turned 1.) And he LOVED it immediately and hasn't let it leave his snuggle zone since.
But the point is - parenting is a judgement call. You know the recommendations and the rules, and you also know your little. Avoid loveys til 1 year and then make the decision that works for you.
And for those that are now ready to give their kiddos something to snuggle at night, but want to start super small, be sure to check out our Snuggle Teether! The little leaves are crazy soft and perfect for your little ones to snuggle, sniff, and chew.