10% of Body Weight + 1 Pound
The industry Standard for Therapeutic Weighted Blankets is 10% of Body Weight + 1 Pound. (We then rounded up to the next whole pound for children 3+) This weight should be distributed, and sewn into pockets throughout a size appropriate blanket. Weight On Me holds by this weight recommendation, but does recommend you speak with your OT, doctor or other Therapist if you have one.
CAUTION: Please beware of recommendations that go much out of these standards. We will not knowingly make these blankets for your young children. If you feel like your therapist is making an unsafe recommendation, please get another opinion for the health and safety of your child.
When choosing a Weighted Blanket: How are Weight On Me™ Blankets Made and What Makes them So Wonderfully Different?
Many blankets on the market today are made with two pieces of fabric sandwiched together. This is not a safe option for your loved one, or for your washer and dryer. Because Weighted Blankets contain loose material; poly pellets or glass pellets, additional layers should be added for safety. Materials can easily get caught, snagged, ripped, torn, chewed, etc. These extra layers can provide that added protection for the blanket, and the user. Weight On Me Weighted Blankets also have a design that provides a solid, and soft blanket side without any seams for huggable comfort when needed, and a sensory quilted side for tactile stimulation that many children actually prefer when in tantrum or meltdown mode. Reversible versatility for every need in a safe and specially designed Hug!
What Size Blanket Should I get? And, Does Blanket Size Matter for Children?
Blankets are made to fit an individual, and not the bed. Weighted Blankets should not hang over the side, but lay on top of the bed, and on the individual. Buying a blanket too large in size (area) for a child is not effective as the pounds per square inch will be distributed throughout the entire blanket and a smaller amount of weight will be on the child, reducing the 10% + 1 pound desired ratio. Blanket size does matter. Please let us know if you have any questions on size and weight.
We use Non-Toxic Hypo-Allergenic Poly Pellets to fill our blankets, securely micro-stitched into 4-6" pockets, and evenly distributed. We do not add other fillers which can cause matting, and a bulky hot blanket.
Our Weighted Blankets are 100% washable in your home*. We designed ours to be the coolest option, year round!
These plastic pellets are BPA free and completely safe. (As with all non-food items, we prefer you don't eat them, but if for some reason it happens, they won't harm your child.)
We offer a glass bead upgrade for an additional charge.
Glass beads can be a good option when wanting less bulk as they are more dense than plastic. Because they are so small, they are break-resistant and safe.
OrganicWeighted Blankets come standard with glass. Poly Pellets (many times recycled) can be substituted upon request.
*Extra Heavy Blankets may require larger or Industrial Size Machines, found at most public laundromats
Weight On Me Therapy Blankets are made with only 100% Naturally Grown Cotton Fabrics. No Synthetic Fabrics are Used in our Blankets.
When Weight On Me Was Founded, We found that Natural Cotton, is the safest, the coolest, and most breathable fabric. Cotton comes in many options such as traditional woven, soft flannels, textured corduroy, warmer and different thicknesses of textured chenille, different weights of denim, mid-weight twill, heavy-weight duck-cloth, and sateen. We back our Weight On Me Weighted Blankets in super soft and cozy flannels. They are snuggly soft and ready to hug you up! For those that do not care for soft, we do have woven cotton options for the backings as well as a cotton chenille upgrade. Just ask! We use 100% cotton products in all of our blankets because we put safety first...and always. Polyesters such as fleecesynthetic fabrics can cause overheating, and pose suffocation risks, especially to younger children and pets.
Weighted Lap Pad
Poly Pellets or Glass
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