Weighted Blankets for Kids
A healthy sleeping habit is one of the most important things a child needs in the early days of his or her childhood. Sleep quality affects the growth and development of the body and brain. Still, most parents face problems helping their children acquire a regular sleeping pattern and can become an ongoing issue even in their teenage years.
One of the main problems children over two years suffer from is a feeling of separation, not wanting to be alone but rather sleeping by their parents side. While a small percentage of toddlers are “good sleepers,” many struggle to learn to sleep properly.
Among other tactics you might try with your children, a weighted blanket is probably one of the few that won’t be rejected. Every child loves to snuggle under their favorite “comforting” blanket, only this time the comforting feeling is actually a physical sensation of the added weight on their body.
How Can a Weighted Blanket Help Your Child Sleep?
Using a weighted blanket for kids is a therapeutic tool designed to weigh more than a usual blanket. The additional weight affects the nervous system in a positive way. The pressure of the specific weight that has been put on the child’s body performs a deep touch pressure stimulation. The DTP triggers positive changes in the body, resulting in deep relaxation, and the soothing and comforting feeling that is similar to a parent’s hug.
Historically, weighted blankets were first invented by acute psychiatry and for the sole purpose of helping children with serious disorders like autism, post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety and sensory processing disorders. Today, it’s scientifically proven that these weighty comforters are safe and very beneficial for all children regardless of existing sleep issues.
By offering your children a weighted blanket, you help them reduce the stress of separation, eliminate the feeling of fear of sleeping alone, and provide a sound and uninterrupted sleep that will result in healthy and optimal growth and development.
Choosing the Right Weighted Blanket for Your Child
The first and most important thing you need to consider when choosing a kid’s weighted blanket is the weight. The general rule you should follow is that a blanket should weigh from 8 to 10 percent of the child’s body weight. If your child falls somewhere in between the weights that are offered, it’s better to go with the lighter option to avoid the risk of purchasing too-heavy a blanket.
The best weighted blanket for kids is made from 100% natural materials that are completely safe to use. We recommend choosing a 100% cotton-made blanket. Cotton is a naturally breathable material, hypoallergenic and temperature-regulating. When it comes to the filling, which provides the additional weight for the blanket, there are several different options. Among the most common are plastic and glass-made microbeads, we suggest using glass microbeads as they are a non-toxic natural material.
Is There Any Potential Harm in Using Weighted Blankets for Children?
Weighted blankets are recommended for children two years and older. When the weight is properly adjusted a weighted blanket has no negative side effects.It is the safest way to help your child get a good night's sleep.
Baloo's weighted blanket in the 12lb throw size is perfect for older children who weigh 50lbs or more.You can put the blanket in their favorite duvet cover and give them a comforting and reassuring bedtime.