Weighted blankets are a popular companion for children diagnosed with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Anxiety.
These special blankets help children feel safe during periods of stress, they provide a calming effect, and they improve quality of sleep.
Before purchasing a weighted blanket, I want you to consider a few things…
- Are certain fabrics irritating to your child? Some of these blankets have additional covers or layers of softness to make them feel extra cozy.
- Make sure you’re choosing a blanket that is the appropriate size and weight for your child.
- For safety reasons, you typically want to avoid using weighted blankets for children under three years of age.
- Children who are unable to physically move the blanket on their own, regardless of age, should not be unsupervised while using a weighted blanket.
An appropriate starting point is a blanket that weighs 10% of your child’s weight plus one pound. However, caution is advised for younger children. Avoid using full-sized adult weighted blankets for smaller children, it’s not a “one size fits all” product.
Weighted blankets are typically filled with small glass or plastic beads to provide an even distribution of weight. For comfort, glass beads are often preferred as they are denser and less bulky than their plastic counterparts. The glass beads can be a little noisier, so ultimately it comes down to preferences and priorities.
I’ve worked with children professionally for many years and while I haven’t had the opportunity to personally try out all of these blankets yet, I have spent a lot of time researching the many options out there, including which ones to avoid altogether. I’ve picked the very best weighted blankets for kids and compiled the following list to help you make an informed decision.
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