I mentioned last week that I was working on a weighted blanket for Little One. For those unfamiliar with weighted blankets, they are often used by therapists to help kids with autism, hyperactivity, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, restless sleep and a variety of other things. Basically, the weight of the blanket provides gentle pressure on the body. It helps with calming and relaxation. After talking with my daughter’s therapist, we felt like our girl would benefit from the use of one.
Well, most weighted blankets run over $100. The weight is based on the child’s weight, so as the child grows the weight would need to be increased. I searched online and found several tutorials for making them. So, I decided to try it.
My mom came to the rescue and overnight created the cutest weighted blanket ever…and it can ‘grow’ with my girl!
This is not a tutorial because I didn’t make it. To find online tutorials you can do a google search for “diy weighted blanket”. There are a variety of options out there depending on your sewing skills and needs.
I thought I’d share some pictures of my girl’s blanket for those of you that are pros at sewing.
Most weighted blankets have ‘pockets’ that are sewn shut with the weights inside them. My mom created this blanket with pockets that are open/folded over so I can increase the weight inside as needed.
Pull open the pockets and the ‘weight’ is inside. I used poly pellets inside bags for our weights.
Now….here are some details/disclaimers
* You should talk to your child’s therapist or a trained professional regarding if a weighted blanket is right for your child
* The weight of the blanket is VERY important. It can’t be too heavy. The general rule is 10% of the person’s body weight plus 1 lb.
* Weighted blankets are not meant to be wrapped around a child or used for any form of discipline
* Talk to a professional before making your blanket to make sure you are not creating any type of choking hazard of using ‘weights’ that can mold
Don’t forget this week Emily and I are hoping you will join us to Embrace the Camera.
Yesterday’s prompt was “SMILES”….here is my picture:
Today’s prompt is: MAKING MEMORIES (a picture that involves you enjoying an activity with your loved one)
Tomorrow’s prompt is: EVERYDAY MOMENT (you doing something that is a routine part of your days)