Weighted Blanket Guide
Weighted blankets are made to fit the BODY and not the BED. The blanket should lay on top of the bed without hanging over the sides. Because the blanket is weighted, if it hangs over the sides, you will spend the entire night fighting to keep it from sliding into the floor. You can use a regular blanket for “looks” during the day, keeping your weighted blanket folded at the bottom of the bed. Or you can bring out your weighted blanket only at bedtime.
The rules of thumb with weighted blankets is that they should weigh about 10% of the user’s body weight.
Buying for your toddler
Size Small approx. (120 cm x 75 cm)
DO NOT BUY A WEIGHTED BLANKET FOR ANY CHILD UNDER 1 YEAR OLD
The first thing you want to know about buying for your toddler is, you want the blanket that would best fit them and not the bed. Our Small size is approximately 120 cm x 75 cm and this is what we would suggest for a toddler. It fits a toddler bed mattress without hanging over. It can fit children between the ages of 1-6 years old. Please use our weight guidelines when deciding on the weight to get for your young child and make sure they can remove the blanket on their own without assistance.
Buying for your children
Size Medium. (150 cm x 90 cm)
The first thing we would like to address is the size of blanket appropriate for children of this age. 6 years - 12 years. A lot of people believe that they need to buy a blanket to fit their child’s bed, an understandable option, but that is not the case with a weighted blanket.
Our sizes are not normal blanket sizes. Our blankets are made to fit the person and not the bed, the reason for this is that it has been shown to work better if you get the blanket made to fit your body. Also our blankets are made so that they will NOT hang over the edges of your bed AT ALL. If they hang over, the weight will slowly pull the blanket off of your bed and instead of getting the rest that you need you will spend your night pulling that blanket up on the bed over and over and over.
Use our weight guidelines when picking your blanket. It's okay to round their weight up to the nearest 5 kg. (37 kg = 40 kg)
Example 1: Your child is 22 kg. The small 2 kg is for a 20 kg user, while the medium 3 kg is for a 30 kg user. In this case, the small weighted blanket is the best option.
Example 2: Your child is 37 kg. The medium 3 kg is for a 30 kg user, while the large 4.5 kg is for a 45 kg user. You may not want to go with the Medium 3 kg since they are already over 30 kg. In this case, perhaps a custom-made blanket is best.
Important: There is a big difference of pressure in these 2 blankets, so always listen to how your child feels about the weight of the blanket. If at any point they say it is uncomfortable take it off. If you stay within our guidelines this should not be a problem.
Buying for Teenagers and Adults
Large size (180 cm x 105 cm)
This is where it gets tricky. :-) Adults dealing with different things such as sensory disorders, ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, and so on are comfortable with different amounts of weight. The weight guidelines were originally for people with sensory disorders and that is the reason why many people who just have anxiety, insomnia, etc. do not need that extra weight. The Extra Large blanket can easily be too heavy in that case.
- Buying as an Adult/Teenager with Autism
Many people with autism crave that extra sensory input, If you stay in the weight guidelines (10% of body weight), the blanket should be comfortable.
- Buying as an Adult/Teenager with Anxiety
In this case it is probably better to start with a lighter blanket and only choose a heavier blanket if you have experienced them before and know that you will be comfortable with the weight.
Buying an Extra Large weighted blanket
Approx. (195 cm x 135 cm )
It is important to remember that the size of our “Extra Large” size will not be like your regular comforter. You can always measure across your bed to see how it would lay. This blanket should only cover the top of the bed and never hang over the edges. That means that they are typically for a Queen or King sized bed. This blanket is so large and so heavy that most people find it too much to manage.