Weighted Washable Blanket.
Filling - nylon poly pellets
cotton top, blue flannel bottom
29" x 42"
Weighted Blankets are a simple solution that is guaranteed to help you or your child,
not only sleep through the night, but to get a quality night of sleep. A Weighted Blanket,
Weighted Stuffed Animal, Weighted Shoulder Wrap or Weighted Lap Pad can help those
with Autism or children learning to self-soothe. Uses include car rides, classrooms
and areas where sitting can be challenging for an extended period of time.
Our products can be to used to calm and relax in various ways by laying it across
the lap or torso, wrapping around the shoulders, covering just the legs or covering
the whole body for sleeping.
A weighted blanket molds to your body like a warm hug. The pressure also helps relax
the nervous system. It’s a totally safe and effective non-drug therapy for sleep and
relaxation naturally. Psychiatric, trauma, geriatric, and pediatric hospital units use
weighted blankets to calm a patient’s anxiety and promote deep, restful sleep. In a
similar way to swaddling comforting an infant, the weight and pressure on an adult
provides comfort and relief.
Weighted blankets are “weighted” with nylon poly pellets that are sewn into compartments
throughout the blanket to keep the weight properly distributed. The weight of the blanket
acts as deep touch therapy and acts on deep pressure touch receptors located all over your
body. When these receptors are stimulated, the body relaxes and feels more grounded and safe,
and clinical studies suggest that when deep pressure points are triggered they actually
cause the brain to increase serotonin production.
Fortunately, weighted blankets may be of some help in managing common manifestations of
autism spectrum disorders. Weighted therapy blankets allow for something called deep pressure
touch stimulation, which in turn produces serotonin, a neurotransmitter thought to be very
influential on mood (as well as appetite, sleep, memory and learning). Many parents find that
draping a weighted blanket across the lap or shoulders of a child with autism helps him or
her to feel more secure and stay calm throughout the day.
Many parents also find that using weighted blankets for autism can help their children with
sleep disruption at night. Sleep disturbances are extremely common for people of all ages with
autism. These disturbances might include sleep latency (taking more than an hour to fall asleep
after the lights are out), getting fewer than seven hours of continuous sleep, or other struggles
to get restful sleep. Weighted therapy blankets can help children to fall asleep more quickly,
stay asleep for longer, and get more restful sleep.
The added weight sewn into our blankets stimulates the production of serotonin which, in turn,
converts to melatonin, the hormone that tells the body to sleep. Serotonin, often prescribed to
those with anxiety, suppresses feelings of unease and boosts our mood. Then, as the melatonin
level begins to increase, we feel tired and ready to fall asleep.
Weighted Blankets have been reported to help with the following conditions:
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
ADD / ADHD
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Restless Leg Syndrome
Sensory Processing Disorder
If NOT on the Autism Spectrum but still crave a medium amount of weight, consider a
45" x 70" - 10 lb Blanket.
Remember to never leave a small child unattended while using a weighted blanket,
and make sure the child is strong enough to push the blanket off of his or her body if needed.
If working with an OT, please consult with them on size and weight.
And importantly, please keep in mind, that we are not medical professionals, and nothing
on this site is a substitute for a consultation with qualified medical personnel.
Representatives at Aunt Sandy's Sewing are not physicians or licensed therapists and do
not intend to provide healthcare services