Weighted blankets are ‘very calming’ for children, says sleep expert

Weighted blankets are ‘very calming’ for children, says sleep expert

This nautical-themed weighted blanket will lull your cutie to sleep in no time. (Photo: Amazon)

Anyone who’s ever tried to put a kid to sleep knows it’s not always rainbows and unicorns. There’s the tossing, the turning, and the endless requests (can I have some more water? where’s Mr. Boo Bear?!). And some kids have trouble staying asleep—they’re just plain restless sleepers. Others might have anxiety or ADHD that make winding down difficult. When a glass of warm milk or a good bedtime story just isn’t cutting it, consider a weighted blanket.

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This weighted blanket from Walmart is the perfect size for kids.

Like a warm hug, this irresistibly cozy weighted blanket is ideal for kids (ages 4 and up) who have trouble sleeping. Filled with tiny beads, the 36-by-48-inch cover offers a feeling of security and comes in a soothing gray and pop-y pink.

The sewn squares create a nice quilted look and the texture helps it stay put. “I love that this blanket doesn’t slide off during the night,” says a happy customer. “I’ve noticed my child is less restless at night when using this blanket which is exactly what I hoped for. It looks great and feels great. I’d recommend one of these to anyone for both children and adults!”

A fantastical sleep is on the horizon with this vibrant cover. (Photo: Macy’s)

Massive sale alert! This colorful option is more than half off! Recommended for unicorn-obsessed kids 50 to 100 pounds, the polyester blanket is a winner. “Helps my anxious kids,” says a happy customer. “They have big feelings often and I wanted them to be able to have their own blanket for when they’re overwhelmed. This has been great. They use it when they need to take some time for themselves.”

says an Amazon reviewer. “This blanket has turned out to be one of the best quality ones on the market! I have purchased seven weighted blankets and this one is undoubtedly five stars—my six year old loves it!”’ data-reactid=”96″>Dinosaur lovers will go wild for this lightweight, 3-pound blanket, which provides just the right amount of pressure for a soothing sleep. Made of 100 percent cotton, with non-toxic glass beads, it’s ideal for kids weighing 25 to 40 pounds. And the quality is top-notch: “With the price being so affordable, I was very much expecting it to be cheaply made,” says an Amazon reviewer. “This blanket has turned out to be one of the best quality ones on the market! I have purchased seven weighted blankets and this one is undoubtedly five stars—my six year old loves it!”

Mickey Mouse to the rescue! Filled with glass beads, this 4.5-pound blanket is happy, cozy, and gets high marks for adorableness: “This weighted blanket is so cute!” says a reviewer. “It has a super vibrant, colorful shell. And the inside lining is a faux fur that’s very soft.”

A lighthouse lover’s dream come true. (Photo: Amazon)

This is Amazon’s #1 best seller in kid’s weighted blankets—and for good reason. An adorable addition to a children’s room, the hypoallergenic nautical-themed blanket is Oeko-Tex certified, so it’s free of harmful substances and chemicals. Plus it’s made in the good ole USA.

says a five-star reviewer. “He requires deep pressure to feel comfort and calm. This blanket has been a lifesaver for him! He used to have trouble falling asleep and would fight the bedtime routine. Now he actually goes into his bed on his own most nights. It has helped tremendously!”” data-reactid=”129″>It gets high marks for restless sleepers and parents of kids with sensory issues alike. “I bought this blanket as a recommendation from my son’s occupational therapist—he is autistic and has several sensory issues,” says a five-star reviewer. “He requires deep pressure to feel comfort and calm. This blanket has been a lifesaver for him! He used to have trouble falling asleep and would fight the bedtime routine. Now he actually goes into his bed on his own most nights. It has helped tremendously!”

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