Weighted blanket?

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Weighted blanket?
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Thu, 04-16-2009 - 10:40am
Can some one tell me what exactly this is ... I was watching a segment this morning on the today show about SID.. and

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 10:27pm

Hi
We got one for Kaia since she had a hard time calming herself down for sleep and if she woke at night she had a hard time falling back asleep. She has SID as well as hypotonia, and she really likes very tight hugs so we thought this might help her.

We also used to use it to calm her if she was having a tantrum. We used to have to hug her tight, but we got a sitting up hammock type swing for her room and if she was having a tough time we would send her to her room and tell her to go in the swing with her blanket and she was able to soothe herself. now she doesn't really use the blanket as much but she uses her swing daily.

i do put the weighted blanket on her at night if i notice she is restless when i am reading to her before bed, it really helps her to relax her body and fall asleep.

We also bought her a weighted gingerbread man doll for her to sleep with and the weight of the really helps her. She is sleeping 12hours a night now without a fuss. Making her room fit her sensory needs has really helped her more than i can say.

Before you buy one you should talk to your OT about what weight to get, you need to use one that is right for the weight of the child. Kaia is 37 lbs and we bought a 5 lb blanket. i am not sure if i am allowed to post the link, but they give very detailed info and i like the blanket we bought her. there are many places to buy a blanket so you can always just use this for info. the name of the company is "salt of the earth blankets", if you do a yahoo search it should come up as the first link.

I hope that helps
Alison

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Sun, 04-19-2009 - 12:40pm
ooh i highly recommend bean bag chairs. they are great . my daughter smooshes herself in hers all day long, dives in it, etc. !
we tried a weighted blanket, it did help her sleep better for a while until she just began kicking it off too. if she will allow u it is nice to wrap around them for calming purposes. this site actually makes cute weighted blankets , we never had anything this nice. http://www.weighted-blankets.com/index.html

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Registered: 10-01-2008
Tue, 05-19-2009 - 6:34am
Just wanted to mention that if you are crafty, you can make your own weighted blanket.
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Registered: 01-09-2009
Sun, 05-31-2009 - 5:58pm
I just made a 5 lb weighted blanket for my 5year old at the recommendation

Lilypie

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Fri, 06-05-2009 - 6:13am

Aidan is 27lbs and our PT told us to get a 3 lb blanket.

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Registered: 04-29-2009
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 8:31pm
Our OT recommended a 4LB blanket for our 28 LB child. She used a 10% body weight plus one pound formula. She also recommended DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets. They custom made a blanket using our fabric choices and it has been an enormous help in our son's sleeping and for calming him. We found the price to be very reasonable. The website to check is www.weightedblanket.net. Worth every penny and the exchange program they have is wonderful.
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Registered: 09-12-2008
Fri, 07-24-2009 - 6:31am

Thanks for sharing this link. We are thinking about getting a weighted blanket for Gabe. He still will. not. sleep. in his own bed. He was doing goood starting out there....but now he just stays awake until almost midnight. Last night it was 1130 until he went to sleep and that's because I finally put him in my bed. The deep pressure isn't even working anymore....maybe constant pressure will help. I'm heading out to check the link now.

Thanks again.


Jessie mommy to Gabe(4.4 years ASD/CAS/SID)and baby Zane


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Jessie mommy to Gabe(5 years ASD/CAS/SID)and baby Zane (1 year old)



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