Around Thanksgiving, I purchased two weighted blankets. One for Lion, in an (rather expensive) attempt to try something new to help his poor sleep, and one for myself because I had heard that it can help with insomnia.
I’ve talked about some of Lion’s sleep issues in the past, including being a low-sleep needs child, night terrors and overall difficulties with sleep since infancy. In addition to these challenges, he often has a hard time falling asleep so when I heard that a weighted blanket can help calm a person down, I wanted to try it. My only hesitation was the cost for something that I had no idea whether it would work or not.
I ended up deciding to buy a rather high quality one, with glass beads in pockets to ensure even distribution and to reduce the noise created while shifting (which apparently plastic ones can cause). I found that the company Sensory Goods had relatively good prices and even found a coupon code and purchased from there, though I also considered Etsy and a variety of other companies. I had read that a weighted blanket for a child should be 10% of the child’s body weight, and that you can add one pound to that number because kids grow so quickly. With the rather high cost for a blanket, I didn’t want to have to turn around and buy another one in three months, so I followed the 10% + 1 pound formula.
Although I had planned to give the blanket to Lion for Christmas, I accidentally opened the box in front of him and when he saw the pattern I picked (Avengers), he desperately wanted to use it. I gave in pretty quickly because I was eager to see whether it worked. Mr. Dolphin told Lion that this blanket would feel like it was giving him a hug and ever since then, we’ve called it his hug blanket.