Are you struggling to get your child to relax or fall asleep? If so, then maybe it’s time you invest in a heavy blanket.
Our sensory weighted blankets are designed with your family in mind. Whether you are buying one for trouble sleeping or sensory processing disorder, you’ll be happy you finally made the investment in a Harkla weighted blanket.
Our minky dot design makes this a perfect sensory blanket, as the soft minky fabric, combined with the dots and added weight make a sensory input trifecta!
Our goal at Harkla is to help your child live a happier, healthier life, and we both know getting them to relax and get a good nights sleep is one of the highest priorities for that goal.
"The Best Children's Weighted Blanket of 2018" - New York Magazine
How Heavy Should My Weighted Blanket Be?
The rule of thumb for a weighted blanket is to be 10% of your body weight, plus a pound or two. So for a 60-pound child, our 7-pound blanket would work best. Click here to see our heavier blanket options.
Here is a chart to help:
What Are the Dimensions of the Blankets?
What is the Science Behind Weighted Blankets?
The science behind weighted blankets is called Deep Touch Pressure (DTP). DTP is simply distributed weight across the body. If you'd like to read more about the natural benefits of DTP, we wrote a guide to it here.
DTP releases serotonin in the body which turns into melatonin, as well as decreased nervous system activity. These combine to give a feeling of calm, relaxation and naturally improved sleep. If you'd like to dive into the studies about weighted blankets and the science behind them, we wrote an article on it here.
Who Do Weighted Blankets Work for?
Weighted blankets have historically been used for those with special needs, commonly referred to as autism blankets. However, they are beneficial to most people. Especially people who suffer from sleep issues.
If you'd like to dive into the benefits of weighted blankets for specific people, we have some articles covering that here:
Some families have used our weighted blankets for toddlers. We recommend the user be at least 2 years and up before using a toddler weighted blanket.
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Do Weighted Blankets Work for Adults?
Yes, weighted blankets also work for adults. Click here to see our adult styles.
We think children with special needs should have every opportunity to live happy and healthy lives. That's why Harkla is dedicated to providing families with the best products and resources for raising a special needs child. Read more of our story here.
I purchased the blanket for my 2 year old daughter. She has sensory problems and trouble falling asleep and staying asleep at night. Since getting the blanket she is falling asleep faster and staying asleep all night. I have a newborn baby and between him and my 2 year old i wasn’t getting any sleep at night. But now that she is able to sleep all night because of this blanket. It was the best decision ever !!!!
We love our weighted blanket! The fabric is amazing and we love how it is machine washable and easy to assemble. We also love how great Harkla is as a company. They are very prompt with their responses and extremely supportive to the special needs community in general.
We purchased the weighted blanket in purple for our daughter, who has Autism. The cover is beautiful and soft. The process of putting the blanket together was a bit tedious, as you have to tie knots around the weighted areas of the inside blanket. As someone inexperienced with single lace knots, I'm glad that I had a partner to explain it. Once that part was complete, the blanket was ready to be used. Our daughter immediately wanted to cover up and snuggle with this beautiful blanket. She was smiling from ear to ear. We actually enjoyed hers so much that we purchased an adult size weighted blanket from Harkla as well!
My son has ADHD and was hav difficulty sleeping in his bed for about 3 or 4 years off and on. I read about the weight blanket and thought I’d give it a try and SO glad I did! He has slept so calmly . And some times comes home from school and lays down to take a break after school. Great purchase!
I'm very pleased with delivery in packaging all of that was very good. The weight is a little too...? I would rather that the baffles were smaller.