Blanket training

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Blanket training is an allocated amount of time during the day where an infant or toddler is required to remain on a blanket or play mat for a limited period of time, with a few selected toys. Many of those doing it have voiced online that they start by doing five minutes a day and build up the intervals overtime, with some extending it to 30 minutes or more. Proponents believe that blanket training trains very young children to have self control. Critics of the technique cite the use of corporeal punishment in conjunction with blanket training, though blanket training in itself is not a form of corporeal punishment. Actual techniques require a system focused on reward rather than punishment. Proponents of blanket training cite the technique as a means to keep very young children occupied and in a safe place while a parent is busy with tasks nearby, or in public places such as a crowded park.

Blanket training is a method adapted from the methods encouraged in To Train Up a Child, a controversial[1] parenting book [2] which includes and advocates techniques that have been linked to multiple child deaths.[3][4]

To blanket train a child, a caretaker places the infant or toddler on a blanket and gives positive reinforcement to the child while he or she remains on the blanket.This might include providing special toys that the child is given only while on the blanket, verbal positive reinforcement, or a small treat such as an M&M or Cheerio at designated intervals. The controversy around his technique comes from the belief that the child should then be disciplined through physical punishment if they leave the blanket. Corporeal punishment is not a requirement of blanket training and should not be considered as a safe or effective method for training children.