Why You Should Consider a Weighted Blanket for Your Child
Do you have problems with your child sleeping through the night? Does your kid struggle with anxiety? What about sensory issues? Have they been diagnosed with autism?
Weighted blankets can be helpful for all of the above issues. Need convincing? Check out our article about the benefits of weighted blankets. Keep reading for some of our favorite weighted blankets, weighted stuffed animals, and other options to help keep your kids calm.
Our Favorite Weighted Blankets
Dive in! We list 6 of the cutest + cuddliest weighted blankets available for kids below.
Fun + Functional
This cute blanket is for ages 3+. It's designed so that your child can wear it. The blanket weighs about 1 pound and each flipper has 1 pound of weight in it (also removable). It is 62" x 28". It is designed to support children with a variety of sensory needs. They also offer free shipping!
The sleek + simple option
The Southpaw weighted blanket is "manufactured with safe, non-toxic steel shot sandwiched between two outside layers in a proprietary laminating process". This unique design is different than most and claims to assure completely even distribution of the weight. It comes in 5 different sizes and 5 different weights (ranging from 3-20 pounds). It comes in the color pictured. In the small print they note that it is lead-free.
The colorful cooling option
This kids blanket comes in 5, 7, and 10 pound weights with 5 different color options. It has a soft minky duvet cover that is removable and machine-washable (huge win!). They utilize a bamboo interior to keep your child comfy and cool. Plus, they offer a lifetime guarantee.
Best option for a girly-girl
This award-winning parent tested parent approved™ weighted blanket is 100% cotton and filled with hypo-allergenic micro glass beads and a layer of microfiber. The cover is the soft minky fabric, removable and washable. It comes in Blue, Pink, Turquoise, and Navy. They offer 5, 7, and 10 pounds options in various sizes.
Options for Boys + Girls
Mosaic has SO many fun options for kids—owls, unicorns, and even Star Wars themed. They come in kids (38x50), throw (38x60) and Twin (42x72) sizes with 5, 8, and 10 pound weight options. They use BPA-free, hypo-allergenic, FDA compliant plastic pellets to weight the blankets. They are machine-washable—and they offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
Options for all sizes
Quility's "innovative 7-layered blanket is designed to offer supreme comfort". The outer layer is 100% cotton, and it is lined with polyester layers containing glass beads. They guarantee that their unique design will deliver optimal temperature control. They offer 6 different colors, in ranges of weight from 5-30 pounds, and in a variety of sizes.
Weighted Vests + Lap Pads
Most of the research on using a weighted blanket was actually determined using weighted vests. There are a couple brands that make some fun vests, wraps, and lap pads for children. These are our favorites:
The on-the-go basic option
This weighted vast is made out of soft neoprene with built-in mesh to allow for ventilation. It comes in small, medium, and large each weighs approximately 2 pounds. Free shipping and a 100% money back guarantee. It has stellar 5 star reviews.
Lots of variety for boys + girls
This particular vest is their fleece option—but they also have a denim jacket, an explorer vest, a police vest and much more. If your child benefits from the sensory input this is a great way to incorporate it where they don't feel singled out. The vest includes 2 pounds of weight: four 1/4 lb. weights and two 1/2 lb. weights, all completely removable. Designed for ages 2+. They offer free shipping and no-hassle returns.
Simple + Portable
For something simple and straightforward—and travel friendly—this lap pad fits the bill. It's available in this vibrant blue in 2 or 5 pounds. They offer the fabric in 100% cotton, Cuddle Fleece, or waterproof options.
Weighted Stuffed Animals
If you're looking for a fun-yet-functional alternative to a weighted vest or lap pad, consider a weighted stuffed animal. You'll get the same benefits and your child will love their new "toy". Check out our favorites below!
A variety of weighted stuffed animals
I am OBSESSED with these adorable weighted stuffed animals. They come in 3 or 5 pound options, in a "cuddly" fabric or a waterproof and wipeable option. They are completely machine washable. They are a fun weighted blanket alternative or can be used as lap pads. The weight is distributed in the limbs, so your stuffed animal can wrap your child in a hug! They have unicorns, sharks, penguins, dolphins, and MUCH more. They have raving reviews and comes highly recommended.
Cute Weighted Amphibians
These fun weighted animals can be used as lap pads and are beneficial for children with autism, sensory processing disorder or ADHD. These are available in pink or green camo patterns and weigh between 4-5 pounds. Their weighted filling is made with birdseed (so not washable). They are handmade in Colorado.
Weighted Warmable Animals
How cute is this little guy?! He is made with a polyester fabric and stuffed with cotton. It has a removable insert back that can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer. "Winston" weight 3 pounds and is 18" in height. He's the perfect size for travel. They also offer a weighted monkey named "Hugo".
That wraps up our all-inclusive list of weighted options to help your child. Which type is your favorite?