19 weighted blankets for children with autism, ADHD and anxiety

Our top picks in weighted blankets, for children who need a little extra help getting a good night's sleep.

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When your little one is upset, sometimes all they need is a big hug, and it turns out there’s a scientific reason why. Researchers have found that deep-pressure touch (the kind found in a big bear embrace) helps to release the neurotransmitter serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer that helps to reduce anxiety and create an overall feeling of calm. Some scientists believe that children who have autism, ADHD and anxiety struggle with the production of natural serotonin, which can make controlling their mood and processing external information difficult.

Serotonin is also important in the creation of melatonin, the “sleepy” hormone that—you guessed it—helps us catch those Zs. Therefore, for children with these and other related conditions, getting a good night rest can be a challenge. That’s why, for years, doctors and occupational therapists have been using weighted blankets to help their patients experience a full, deep sleep. These special blankets, usually filled with plastic pellets or beads, are designed to distribute the feeling of a deep-pressure touch evenly across the body, which creates a soothing effect.

Check out our favourite weighted blankets and revel in all the benefits that come from your kid getting in some extra shut-eye!

Soothing Hug Weighted Blanks, Weighted Ninja Turtle Vest

***Consult with your doctor or occupational therapist when deciding what size and weight is best for your child. It is advised to not leave children under the age of 3 (or children not strong enough to move the blanket on their own) unsupervised with a weighted blanket. 

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