Blanket training

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Blanket training is a type of corporal punishment used to discipline infants and toddlers. Proponents believe that blanket training trains very young children to stay on a blanket.[1] Critics consider it a form of child abuse.[2]

Blanket training is a method adapted from the methods encouraged in To Train Up a Child, a controversial[3] parenting book [1] which includes and advocates techniques that have been linked to multiple child deaths.[4][5]

To blanket train a child, a caretaker places the infant or toddler on a blanket and inflicts pain on the child when he or she attempts to leave the blanket.[6] Proponents of blanket training[7] believe that eventually the child will stay on the blanket without adult intervention or enforcement because the child has come to associate leaving the blanket with pain.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Pearl, Michael & Debi. "To Train Up a Child". Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Eckholm, Erik. "Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Lee, Morgan. "Petition to Ban Controversial Christian Parenting Book From Amazon Nears 100,000 Signatures". 
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  6. ^ Wicksell, Dustin. "Police:Duggars used a rod to spank their kids". The Inquisitr News. 
  7. ^ Benner, Wende. "Here's how the Duggars' patriarchal homeschool world teaches kids to shame sex abuse victims". Raw Story.