Weighted Blankets for Kids
Kids With Sleep Problems?
For kids, night time can be a minefield of snotty noses, bathroom trips, and nightmares. Doctors recommend 9-13 hours a night for school-aged child, but some of us know that's a complete joke. It's an absolute miracle if your child goes to bed without a fuss and doesn't wake up during the night. Weighted blankets for kids will ease nightly tensions by adding a comforting sensation as they get under the covers.
As comedian Michael McIntyre explains, parents know it's not "Night, night.", it's "Good luck!". And those of us who have kids with "issues" often have a harder time when it comes to the bedtime routine. Anxious kids have a difficult time winding down, but even on good days, "normal" children can have sleep issues. My boys are easily spooked by scary parts of movies and books and even if we do our best to avoid exposure, night time is when things get hairy.
Weighted Blankets for Sleep Issues
Doctors recommend a relaxing bedtime routine to help aid sleep issues, but let's be real. There is no such thing as a typical day with kids. In my family, we try to eat dinner around 7:30 pm, do baths either before or after, then pjs, stories in lamp light, and lights out (night lights on) by 9:30 pm. We live in Spain, so in the spring and summer the sun sets around 9:00 pm, and telling kids to put pijamas on when it's light outside is a daunting task. Not to mention, the culture here is much later, so if we go to events or parties on the weekend (or gasp, mid-week), they almost always get us off schedule. If our wake up time is 8:00 am, and the kids doze off at 10:00 pm, that's potentially 10 hours. Yet, there are some nights when I realize my 7-year-old is still awake at midnight. Sometimes he HAS to get out of bed and draw an idea, or sometimes he just can't get to sleep because he's so excited about something. He tends to obsess about random things. Sometimes it lasts a few hours, sometimes a few days. We see a psychologist periodically to get "tune-ups" but he doesn't classify as ADHD or autistic or anything else, unless you consider "tortured artist" an appropriate label for a kid. His (parent monitored) Instagram account is @MONDPlaytime, by the way. Weighted blankets for kids give them a sense of security, whether or not they have sensory disorders. Kids with anxiety or autism can benefit from weighted blankets.
Who can Benefit from Weighted Blankets?
All kids will benefit from weighted blankets. I think starting from around age 4 or 5, kids are capable of enjoying the benefits of these weighted blankets. My other kid had ear infections for almost a year straight, so we didn't really have night time sleep, as much as random naps and a lot of screaming. Now that he's older he needs a plethora of animal friends in his bed and the first 15 minutes under a 7-pound blanket are crucial to calm him down. I know lots of moms who suffer from the constant-sick-kiditis and sometimes you're so tired you can actually sleep, but weighted blankets will give you an edge over night time anxiety in kids. And then you can climb under yours, because nothing is more relaxing to a tired parent than a deep-pressure hug from a weighted blanket.
How do Weighted Blankets Work?
If kids have sensory issues and don't like human touch, they might benefit from the deep pressure therapy that weighted blankets can provide. Hyperactive kids might also benefit from weighted blankets because in a sense it's weighing them down physically, while the deep pressure will calm them emotionally. In another post I'll address what sizes and weights of weighted blankets are best for various psychological issues, but unless your child has claustrophobia or aversion to heavy blankets, weighted blankets should have a calming effect on them. The snot is a whole other issue.