Who might benefit from the use of a weighted blanket?
Anyone who has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or needs calming input during relaxing activities (reading, watching TV, etc.) can benefit.
Who are weighted blankets safe for?
Anyone who (1) responds appropriately to discomfort (i.e., Does the person remove a jacket when he or she is hot?) and (2) can independently remove the blanket or crawl out from under it. If a person meets these two conditions, sleeping under the weighted blanket all night is acceptable.
How much weight should be in a weighted blanket?
This depends on the weight of the person as well as personal preferences. Typically about 15% of the person’s body weight is a nice amount.
What can be used as weight in the blanket?
I like to use poly-fil beads (purchased at local hobby or fabric stores). These are fairly inexpensive, nontoxic, and machine washable. Some people use old clothing, sand, pebbles, dried peas or beans, or pony beads.
My Preferred (Easy) Method
Congratulations! You did it! Enjoy the calming sensation of your new weighted blanket.