I finally thought I figured out the best way to get Kristinie the Great, 18 month old, to give up her blanket to be washed. I let her put it in the washing machine and shut the door. Well, she shut it and then started hollering after it was shut in and the washer started. I shut the accordian doors to our laundry area and she laid on the ground outside yelling, "ba ba! ba ba! Mama! ba ba!" It was returned, to her delight, clean and fresh smelling about an hour later. It was a long hour, though.