Here's the weighted blanket blog post I promised. There is so much information about them online (be sure to check it out) it's difficult to condense into a short blog post but hopefully there'll be enough info here to help you understand how/what they can help and how to choose the correct size/weight etc.
What is a weighted blanket?
It's exactly that: a blanket that is weighted. The blanket is stitched in a grid design and weighted pellets are added to each square in the grid to evenly distribute weight across the blanket. The weight of the blanket provides deep touch pressure to the entire body. This pressure sends a signal to the Central Nervous System which signals the release of Seratonin and Melatonin. These chemicals promote calmness and sleep!
Who uses a weighted blanket?
Children, teens and adults can all benefit from weighted blankets. Many conditions can be helped with the use of the weighted blanket
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Parkinson's / Alzheimer's
- Sensory disorders
How to select the correct weight
A weighted blanket is designed and made to fit a person and NOT to fit the bed. With this in mind we have to look at the person who will be using the blanket. There's a rule of thumb with weighted blankets that they should weigh about 10% of a persons weight plus 1-2 lbs. A child weighing 40 lbs would use a blanket of 5 lbs. If the child weighs 45 lbs then a 6 lb blanket may work better.
The small blanket would suit a younger child (Age 3 - 8) whereas a child aged 9-14 would use the mid-size and older teens and adults would select the larger size blanket and then choose the blanket weight according to their body weight.
The user of the blanket needs the pressure to be heavy enough to provide the deep touch therapy but they should be able to remove the blanket themselves unassisted.
I hope this helps...if you have any questions at all don't hesitate to get in touch