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. The book teaches parents several methods of corporal punishment with implements;[1] using implements to inflict pain as a form of discipline is explicitly denounced by the American Academy of Pediatrics.[4] To Train Up a Child has been linked to the deaths of several children whose parents owned the book and used its methods.[2]

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. Proponents of blanket training[5] 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". 
  2. ^ a b 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". 
  4. ^ "Guidance for Effective Discipline". Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
  5. ^ Benner, Wende. "Here’s how the Duggars’ patriarchal homeschool world teaches kids to shame sex abuse victims". Raw Story.