Weighted blankets are sold in a wide range of places, including department stores, chain drugstores, and online specialty stores. Here are a few things to know if you’re thinking of buying a weighted blanket.
They can be expensive. The price of a weighted blanket is typically based on weight, size, and quality. The average cost is $100 to $300, according to Sleep Foundation.
The “right” weight is a matter of preference. Some people with ADHD prefer blankets that are heavier than you’d expect, given their own weight. But no matter what feels best, the blanket must be light enough for the person under it to easily move it.
They can be a safety risk for younger kids. It’s important to inspect the seams regularly to make sure they’re secure so no pellets or beads will fall out. Pellets and beads can be a choking hazard around infants and young children who might put them in their mouths.
Fabric can be a big factor. Cotton is lightweight, for instance, and linen is medium weight. Consider the texture of fabric, too. Sensory seekers might love the fuzziness of chenille. But people who are sensitive to touch may find it unbearable.
They aren’t right for everyone. A weighted blanket only works if it feels good and is relaxing. Some kids and adults don’t like the feeling of heaviness on them as they try to relax. And others may get overheated or feel claustrophobic under the weight.
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