Electric Blankets

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Registered: 07-17-2004
Electric Blankets
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Wed, 12-16-2009 - 3:28pm

Where do you stand on this issue?

I think I've asked this before but it was back when I was pregnant with Annie and I'm curious again.

I, for one, was not raised in a house with electric blankets. I remember sleeping over at a friends house in 4th grade and she had one and it was LUXURIOUS! About 6 years ago, I was at my parents for the holidays and noticed they'd put electric blankets on all the beds! I felt this was permission to go out and buy my own. Apparently what changed my mothers tune on the blankets was that they invented some you can wash in your machine!

Well, I don't use the electric blankets when I'm pregnant, or nursing (because I'm paranoid about the whole roasting the baby during pregnancy and nursing - the leakage/shockage factor) and I was DELIGHTED to pull ours out this year and put it on the bed. I've been sleeping in warm luxury for the past month or so. When I mentioned to my mom I put the blanket on the bed she said, "Oh, I wouldn't do that." And has a theory that they're just not good for you - having an electric field going across your sleeping body...

Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Should I take it off the bed and just stack regular blankets to keep warm? I'm a little more paranoid because Annie usually joins us in bed around 3:00 a.m. to sleep the rest of the night and even though it's on a low setting, am I putting her in electrical field danger?

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Registered: 05-14-2004
Wed, 12-16-2009 - 4:48pm

Gosh I'm sooooo glad you posted about this.

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Registered: 11-07-2005
Wed, 12-16-2009 - 9:20pm
I love my electric blanket! I love climbing into my warm bed and snuggling up for sleep. I'd rather sleep naked under my electric blanket than put on extra layers and sleep without it.
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Registered: 08-26-2003
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 10:40am

I love the idea of electric blanket and every winter I think about getting one. For a short amount of time in college I had one. It was cream colored and it got mingy and was pilling in no time. Also it was very thin and I could feel the wires, so I felt like I was sleeping under the tin.


I have sensory issues that are totally irrational and until they invent thick fluffy electric blankets I won't go near them, although I enjoy when I go to the spa and masseusse has it on the bed.


I'm not sure where I stand on the safety...It does make me a tiny bit worried that I'll forget to turn it off in the morning, go to work and burn down the house. And the electric field argument (although I found websites arguing against it) still make me a bit worried.


Overall I don't have one because they are not fluffy enough for me, but other things enter the consideration as well.


But why would you need one in California? Surely it doesn't get as cold as here...



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Registered: 08-26-2003
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 10:42am
I could never sleep naked. I get goose bumps just thinking of it. I like the snug feel of clothing. I need to be wrapped like a burrito :). I love pajamas. My biggest nightmare is slipping into the hotel bed that has cold crunchy sheets in nothing but my underwear. I've had to do it a few times when my flights got cancelled while I was in a lay over and I couldn't sleep in my clothes then wear them the next day to complete my trip. It's a nightmare!


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Registered: 07-17-2004
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 3:27pm

I'm also not a nudie sleeper. Now I feel I've shared too much.

It does get cold here at night since it's technically a desert. Not UUUber-cold, but chilly enough. It's 70 today but tonight it'll get to 46, and sometimes it gets to the mid-30's. We've got central air and heat but the house isn't well insulated so we definitely need blankets. I really worried about it when the girls were infants and I'd tuck them in with a warm rice bag.

I'm going to need to do some research on this whole electric field thing, because I really love my electric blanket. I'm not quite as sensitive as you are, Irena, but I do put a sheet and a thin blanket between me and the electric blanket so I don't feel like the wires are on me.

You know what's weird? I HATE heated seats in cars (my biscuits are burnin'), but I do like the electric blanket!

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Registered: 08-26-2003
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 4:06pm

I don't like heated seats either. And I don't like heat blasting in my car either, it puts me to sleep and I don't feel like I can drive well sleepy ;).


I also don't like when house is too hot at night, because I feel like I can't breath. So electric blanket would be ideal for me if I could get over the wires and safety issues. Let me know what you find out.



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Registered: 07-17-2004
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 4:24pm

I'll keep you posted on my research!

I actually hate car heat too!!! I HATE IT. In fact, I have been known to put on the A/C in the winter while driving which makes Ted crazy. I also hate it when they put the heat on in airplanes. Nothing like being in a stuffy seat with stale heat blowing on you! It's a nightmare!

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Registered: 05-14-2004
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 5:28pm

I very rarely turn the heat on in the car.

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Registered: 08-26-2003
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 8:16pm
LOL that car sounds like a casket.


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Registered: 11-07-2005
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 9:36pm

I'm also not a nudie sleeper but if I was going to do it, I'd have to have my electric blanket. Generally, I prefer to sleep in a Tshirt. I'm just not a big fan of sleeping in pants so using an electric blanket warms my toes at night. :)


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