Thinking About Buying A Weighted Blanket For Your Child? These Are The Best & Safest Ones On Amazon
by Margeaux Baulch Klein
In recent years, weighted blankets have been touted as an aid for coping with sleep issues like anxiety or insomnia, but before you get one for your child, you'll need to be aware that guidelines can differ from adults to children. According to pediatric expert, Dr. Jacqueline Jones, M.D., author of the book Medical Parenting: How to Navigate the Health, Wellness & Medical System With Your Child, the best weighted blankets for kids are those that follow guidance from your pediatrician and/or an occupational therapist so that you can ensure it's an absolutely viable and safe option for you little one.
"A weighted blanket provides light pressure to the body which helps to decrease sensory overload," Dr. Jones explains to Romper in an e-mail. Should a parent want to give their child this “safe and cozy [way] to unwind," once they have their child's doctor's approval, she offered the following considerations:
Consider your child's needs: Again, before you add this snuggle accessory to your cart, Dr. Jones says that your physician should sign off. Especially, she adds, "If you have a child who hates being touched and is extremely sensitive to labels and clothing." In those cases, a weighted blanket "may not be your best option."
Age and weight minimum: Dr. Jones confirms that weighted blankets are only intended for children who are "old enough to be able to remove the blanket themselves— so between 18-24 months of age." And in terms of figuring out the right blanket weight would be, the rules here align to the ones for adults: "The [blanket] should be no more that 10% of their body weight," Dr. Jones adds. So for a 50-pound child, for example, the blanket should be no more that 5 pounds.
Choose the proper blanket size: "The blanket should not be so large that the child can become tangled in it," Dr. Jones says. Therefore you want the pressure (from the glass-bead filling) focused directly on your little one's body, so look for a children's "throw" size — either 36 by 48 inches or 41 by 60 inches — which helps cocoon then safely underneath.