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We searched and searched for soft, cuddly weighted blankets that kids would absolutely love - and found them right in our own backyard. The topper is the great price!
This medium size weighs 5 lbs. and measures 21" x 35".
• Made of first quality 100% cotton flannel and backed with anti-pill polar fleece
• Double lined (both sides!) to increase durability
• Filled with tumbled aggregate (small polished stones) that allows for hand/machine washing when necessary
• Line drying recommended to keep fabric from wearing out
• No tubes to remove
• Blankets are actually quilted to keep inner material in place and evenly distributed
• Conforms to every shape
Weighted blankets aid in providing proprioceptive feedback while relaxing the body and central nervous system. Weight and deep pressure can be highly beneficial to some children with ASD, Sensory Integration Disorder, ADHD, and other neurological disorders. The added weight or pressure may help the child calm down and better integrate sensory information. As a result, the child may become more organized, and improve in their ability to concentrate on play, learning, or eating.
These blankets can be used as adaptive aids during learning times at school, quiet times at home, school, clinic, or office and to assist in falling asleep. People of all ages enjoy relaxing under these wonderful blankets. Made in the USA.
"My boys don't want to put them down. I caught my husband on his recliner with one draped over him!"
"My child slept through the night for the first time in 3 years. That means that I slept through the night. Thank you for carrying these wonderful blankets!"
How much weight do I need?
For children, most Occupational Therapists recommend starting with a weight that is generally 10% of your child's body weight. If s/he is between sizes, you may want to move up to the next size to allow for growth. Length-wise, the blanket should extend from your child's neck to his/her ankles when used for sleeping. (Most users don't like it on their feet when sleeping, so their regular blanket/quilt can be used at the same time.) Larger teens and adults who weigh more than 120 lbs. have found the XLG size to be of sufficient weight. For an elderly adult, a 5 lb. blanket is probably the heaviest they will want.
When is the best time to use it?
The blanket can be used throughout the day in many different ways. It can calm a person during the day as well as help him or her to relax and fall into a deeper, more restful sleep in the evening or during naptimes.
Do I leave it on my child all night?
It is recommended that you remove the blanket after your child has fallen asleep and keep a regular blanket over him or her. Older children and adults will just throw the blanket off during the night when their body has had enough deep pressure.
Why was tumbled aggregate (small stones) chosen to be used for the fill?
When the manufacturer/ product engineer tested out different materials for fill, it was discovered that poly pellets (used in most weighted blankets) were difficult to get completely dry after washing and tended to stick together. The concern was that the extra moisture could cause mold growth inside the blanket.
An additional issue was the low weight of poly pellets To produce a sufficiently-weighted blanket, a considerably larger amount of poly pellets, fabric, lining, and labor (along with a higher price tag) would be needed. Because the finished product would be so large, a good portion of it would be off to the sides "on the bed" and not on the child. Some of our customers have told us that their children had difficulty getting out from under them.
My child hates new things. How can I get him to try this?
Leave the blanket on the sofa and let him discover it on his own. Let your child see you using the blanket, and tell him how good it feels. Let him try it on his own in his own time. Bedtime is a great time to introduce a weighted blanket, but don't be discouraged if he rejects it at first.
Since there are great differences in how each child responds to weight and pressure, it is very important to use this product with adult supervision and the guidance of a therapist familiar with sensory integration.
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