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 over time, 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 corporal punishment in conjunction with blanket training, though this is not necessarily involved - the system is focused on rewards such as the toys and regular positive reinforcement 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]


  1. ^ Lee, Morgan. "Petition to Ban Controversial Christian Parenting Book From Amazon Nears 100,000 Signatures".
  2. ^ Pearl, Michael & Debi. "To Train Up a Child". Archived from the original on November 4, 2010.
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