When to use:
Weight and compression provide calming inputs.
Great for kids that are nervous/anxious/overstimulated.
A great option if your child is struggling to slow their body or brain at bedtime.
How to use:
Before use, talk about it with your child. “This is to help you sleep, it gives you a gentle hug.”
Set up sheet on bed. Let your child slide under the sheet. Allow them to have the same bedtime things as typical (blankets and stuffies).
Should NOT be used on children under 3 years of age. If you have questions, consult an occupational therapist before use.There is a SPECIFIC weight that should be used based on the age and weight of your child. Using a heavier blanket is not SAFE and not recommended.
Weighted blanket are NOT recommended for use in children with respiratory problems/diagnosis.
Weighted Blanket Safety Guidelines
Weighted blanket should be NO more than 7-10% of the child’s body weight. For example, a 30# child should have a weighted blanket no heavier than 3#.
The child should be able to move freely under their weighted blanket.
The child should be able to remove the weighted blanket independently.
Head and neck should NEVER be covered.
Child should have supervision with use of weighted blanket.
Never roll the child in the blanket
Reference: (2019).Safe use of weighted blankets (Adults and children). Royal College of Occupational Therapists, 1-7.