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Our guide to weighted blankets for kids: anxiety, autism, ADHD

Getting your little ones to establish a good sleep schedule can be difficult. And with everything going on in the world right now, it’s understandable if kids (and parents!) are struggling with getting a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, the latest trend in sleeping accessories might just provide some much-needed relief.

Weighted blankets have been around for a few years now, and have been praised as a great tool for reducing anxiety and improving sleep quality. They’re usually quilts weighed down with glass beads, and they mimic the sensation of being hugged. The technical term for this is Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS), a therapy method used to treat stress and anxiety due to the way it can release both serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

Not only are weighted blankets ideal for nervous kids, they’re also well-suited to children with autism, ADHD and other sensory conditions that respond well to DPS.

According to Calming Blankets, children under three should not use weighted blankets, and “the most important safety consideration is that your child can lift the blanket independently. If they can do that, they can safely use the blanket”.

There are plenty of blankets on the market, but it’s best to choose one that’s around 10 per cent of your child’s body weight. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites below.

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DreamZ Kids Weighted Lap Blanket. Image: Catch.

DreamZ Kids Weighted Lap Blanket

Price: $42.99 at Catch in pink cartoon or blue cartoon.

Details: If you don’t want to commit to a full-sized weighted blanket, these brightly-patterned lap blankets provide 2kg of weighted anxiety relief for little ones. The breathable cotton cover is machine washable, and the smaller size makes it portable and travel-friendly.

DreamZ Bamboo Weighted Blanket. Image: Catch.

DreamZ Bamboo Weighted Blanket

Price: $63.99 at Catch.

Details: Not only is this 2kg bamboo blanket extra soft, hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, it’s also the most breathable option, which will keep kids warm in winter and cool in summer. It measures 191x91cm, has a machine washable cover, and even comes with a bonus pillowcase.

Luxor Linen Weighted Blanket. Image: Dick Smith.

Luxor Linen Weighted Blanket

Price: $49 at Dick Smith in linen, blue or cream.

Details: This single-sized 2.2kg weighted blanket is made from a super-soft microfibre fabric kids will love snuggling up to. It’s machine washable, and one of the cheaper options on the market.

Laura Hill Weighted Blanket. Image: Catch.

Laura Hill Weighted Blanket

Price: $49 at Catch.

Details: This 2.3kg blanket is also made from cuddly microfibre, and features the brand’s unique five-layer technology that ensures maximum comfort.

Worth the Weight Blankets. Image: Etsy.

Worth the Weight Blankets

Price: from $102.40 at Etsy.

Details: Want something a little prettier? These custom-made weighted blankets on Etsy will cost you a little more, but the dozens of adorable prints are hard to pass up. You can choose from child’s size blankets, single blankets, lap blankets, and many more sensory bits and bobs for kids who need them.

DreamZ Cotton Weighted Blanket. Images: DreamZ.

DreamZ Cotton Weighted Blanket

Price: $69.99 at Catch in blue pattern or pink pattern.

Details: Weighing in at 3.3kg, this blanket measures 142x105cm and has a pure cotton cover that you can chuck in the washing machine. 

Bambury Weighted Blanket. Image: Bambury.

Bambury Weighted Blanket

Price: $97.97 (down from $139.95) at Zanui.

Details: Available in a 4.5kg weight for bigger kids, this plush weighted blanket features cotton on one side for breathability and comfort. You can easily cover it with a single-sized quilt cover to make things more hygienic (and to brighten up the colour!).

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