Many families find that their children benefit from the use of weighted blankets. Just as the name would suggest, a weighted blanket is basically just a blanket that is filled with little weights to provide a “heavier” feel to them. This provides a little extra pressure in the form of proprioceptive input. It can feel like a tight squeeze or a hug all over, which typically releases the hormone serotonin in the body, evoking a calming and relaxing response.
Most weighted blankets are custom-made according to your child’s weight and size and are available online. The can range from about $40 – $200. As well, there are plenty of online tutorials and even videos to create your own.
A lot of parents report that their children are particularly restless at bedtime, a time of day when anxieties tend to run high, and find that using a weighted blanket can be very helpful. Some families use weighted blankets or lap bands at homework time, as well, finding that it helps their child to focus better.
We’ve been using a weighted blanket at home with my own daughter for more than a year now. It used to take her over an hour to fall asleep at night. We find that the blanket really calms her and helps her to relax and fall asleep much faster. She calls it her “pink blanket” and you can see how much she loves it!
If you’re thinking about getting yourself a weighted blanket, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help!