People often ask us about using blankets for people of different ages. Our hope is that this post helps customers understand the benefits and cautions around weighted blankets.
Weighted blankets are not recommended for children under 1 year of age. Weighted blankets could interfere with an infant turning over or breathing. Swaddling actually produces an effect similar to a weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets for children should be no heavier than 10% of a child’s body weight plus 1 lb. So if a two-year-old weighs 20 lbs, a 3 lb blanket would be appropriate. Weighting Comforts does not make child-sized blankets. We recommend SensaCalm, or a local sewer who makes custom blankets. We highly recommend consulting an occupational therapist before using a weighted blanket for a toddler or child.
Children can significantly benefit from using a weighted lap pad or blanket. Weighted lap pads can be a tool for helping kids ground themselves if they need to sit still for a while. Having a lap pad at school can reduce fidgeting. Our 5 lb. lap pads fit perfectly into a standard pillowcase. (A fun way to customize it for a child!) Using a lap pad at night may also help encourage sleep. Some kids enjoy placing a lap pad on their chest for that added sense of calm and security at bedtime. Our full-sized blankets are only recommended for people weighing 90 lbs or more.
Weighted blankets can be of great benefit to teenagers, who often need more sleep like they did when they were toddlers. Poor sleep can increase anxiety and depression, so the deeper sleep a weighted blanket provides can be a big help during this time of life.
If your teen struggles with panic attacks, a weighted blanket can interrupt panic attacks and help bring calm.
College students deserve their own category, right? A great deal of my adult life has been spent with college kids. My husband was a college professor for 14 years. I ran a costume shop on a college campus for 3 years, and my internship in graduate school was spent counseling college students. Currently, two of my own children are in college.
So I can tell you this for certain: College is a time of SIGNIFICANT anxiety. Students experience so many stressors: making friends and keeping friends; getting the perfect grade to get the perfect job; considering who to marry; increased body image issues. On top of that, college students have MANY sleepless nights due to studying and hanging out with friends. Being able to fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply (when they do sleep!) is a huge help. Weighted blankets can also provide a refuge of comfort in the midst of all the stress of college and dorm life.
Adults are our main focus at Weighting Comforts. Around 1 in 3 adults struggle with at least mild insomnia. Weighted blankets help many adults get to sleep faster, sleep deeper, and stay asleep longer. People who sleep deeply wake up refreshed and ready for the day.
A weighted blanket can also help people stay calm in anxious situations. Some of our customers take their blanket on airplanes or to the dentist. It really is a tool that brings comfort in the midst of anxiety.
Weighted blankets can help the elderly, especially during “sundowning.” Sundowning typically starts around 3:00 in the afternoon, when many elderly people experience a heightened anxiousness. Weighted blankets can help reduce that sense of anxiousness. Many of our mature customers use a flannel weighted blanket for added warmth.
Restless Leg Syndrome can be a problem for the elderly as well. A blanket draped across the lap can provide a real sense of calm.
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To check out our selection of blankets, go to www.weightingcomforts.com .