We always had rules about "blanky". Neither of my kids could drag it around or take it in and out of places. they did/do take it on vacations etc. One of the most traumatic things for my oldest son was when he was around 8, his blanky went missing from the hotel room when the maid service came in! I went to the housekeeping dept and asked them to look through everything, to no avail. that kids cried his eyes out. we did replace it with a very similar blanky, which he kept in his bed until he was a teenager. I think it is still in his drawer somewhere. our younger son, 14, still has the remnants of his blanky. keeps it in his bed.