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. However, they are beneficial to most people. Especially people who suffer from sleeping issues.
If you'd like to dive into the benefits of weighted blankets for specific people, we have some articles covering that here:
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.
The good news is my 3yr old autistic daughter is now able to sleep through the night.
The bad news is that she gets SUPER hot while using it. I tried to have her wear less clothes to bed but it still gets soo hot under there. So, I spend the night waking up to remove the blanket and putting it back on when I think she cooled down enough. This of course means I still don’t sleep well.
I learned that my granddaughter's preschool was using one of two they have for her at naptime. Upon learning this I ordered her the 5# blanket for home. She loves it and calls it her "special" blanket. On the days she spends with me, if they feel it would be helpful, her parents bring it with her. She's not Autistic but has a lot of anxiety issues. My favorite feature is the removable cover that can be washed. We bought one for my adult daughter, but the cover is not removable for cleaning. Overall, I rate this a success. It did what it promised and seems to be of excellent quality.
Before I bought this, I had trouble falling asleep due to anxiety. This blanket helped immediately. Highly recommended!
My daughter has trouble sleeping and absolutely loves it. It comforts her and gives her comfort and relaxes her.
I purchased the Harlka Blanket for my 2.5yr old son. It arrived and the quality was amazing. When picking it up, I realized it wasn’t the 5 pound blanket I ordered but rather the 15 pound one. I still used it and did work well. However, for safety reasons I wanted to get the original one I ordered. I am happy to say that their customer service was one of the best experiences I have had with a company. Nicole informed me that this has happened due to an error with their 3rd party Amazon where the label was put on incorrectly. She is sending me out another blanket and free shipping back for this one. I don’t even have to send it back until my other one comes! I am extremely please with this company and would not hesitate ordering other products or recommending them to others as they stand behind their product.
We have the purple 5-pound weighted blanket for our toddler. We find that it has helped settle her to sleep more quickly. It’s really soft and I like that I can wash the cover separately if I need to. It’s a great size and she thinks it’s a special blanket too! We find that she has been waking up less at night too. We were desperate for sleep and her sleeping pattern had changed and nothing was working. This was a solution that was recommended by a friend! So glad we bought it! We all needed sleep!
My daughter loves this blanket.
I purchased this weighted blanket for my 10 yr old grand daughter hoping that it would improve her sleep since she must spend nights between two houses. She immediately loved the blanket cover with all the nubbies. On the first night, she fell asleep within 15 minutes instead of the usual 30-60 minutes and slept through the night. She told her Mom the blanket felt like a big hug. Her sleep has improved and she now travels with her blanket whenever possible. If only we had known about this blanket sooner. Harkla listed recommended weights dependent upon child’s weight. I had purchased another brand which listed a 15 lb blanket for adults and children but later learned that weighted blankets for children should be within 10 percent of the body weight.
My granddaughter loves the blanket!
Our child has always been the very active one out of the bunch. She was always a great sleeper when she was an infant, until she hit toddler years. She would be sleeping, but would toss and turn in the middle of the night, which honestly, I didn’t think she was getting some good night sleep. I turned into research and had found Harkla. I work in the autism field, so I am very well aware of sensory issues, sensory input, etc. a child would need when they can’t stay focused, or simple as sitting down for a minute. I purchased this, and it has been a blessing to us, to her. We are very happy with the purchase. :)
I am so happy with our purchase of our Harkla weighted blanket for so many reasons. I have an almost 4 year old boy with a sensory integration disorder that significantly impacts his ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Litterally nothing has worked to improved his sleep, and I have tried everything! We purchased a 5 pound blanket for him hoping that he might sleep longer stretches or have better quality sleep with the deep pressure (just like my arms and legs provide at bedtime and throughout the night...yes, I was a human weighted/swaddle blanket). From the first use, I have been so pleased! What used to take 30-60 minutes, now takes 15 minutes. My son settles quickly with the weight on him and loves to feel the bumpy side. He has always had to touch something while falling asleep (usually my skin) and now he is satisfied to to rub the blanket after holding my hand for a short while. We have another weighted blanket for our older son, but it is not soft, nor is it comfortable. It really does not feel Iike a “blanket” and the filler pellets are hard. The Harkla blanket feels like a true blanket. It is soft, squishy and cozy.
Along with the improved bedtime routine, I am so impressed by Harkla’s customer service. In the end, I decided that 5 pounds was not quite enough weight for my son, and called to inquire if I could exchange it for a heavier blanket. I immediately received a return label for our 5 pound blanket and was able to order a heavier blanket with ease. I am so thankful that I could try the recommended weight and then be able to change to a weight that suited us better, without penalty or lost money. Thank you for such a wonderful product. I have already told many friends and out OT about our success.
This purchase was actually for my daughter-in-law. She weighs 100 lbs. and the adult blankets were too heavy for her. She loves it and is sleeping much better and my son reports an added unexpected benefit - no more snoring.
I bought several as Christmas gifts and each of the children immediately started to use them and were visibly regulated. The weight is evenly distributed and the cover is perfect. Soft on one side- textured and soft on the other. Perfect for a sensory sensitive user!
I bought this blanket for my 8 year old daughter. She was a restless sleeper that rarely stayed under her blanket at night. The first night with the Harkla weighted blanket, she slept all night under her blanket and even slept past 6 am.
My son has been using the weighted blanket for several weeks. It is minky soft and so cuddly. The weight is very soothing and helps him get a sound sleep. Worthwhile purchase.
My daughter has generalized anxiety disorder and has always struggled with getting restful sleep. She received this blanket for Christmas and has been sleeping under it for three nights now. For the first time in years, she has gotten quality sleep and says she feels so much better. Even I can see the biggest difference!
I'm ordering one for myself today :-)
I ordered the adult weighted blanket (15 lb) and the size is just too big for myself. My husband doesn't want to use this, so because of the size (55x70) half of it hangs off the side of the bed and by morning, has pulled all of his covers to my side. I ordered the 7 lb (36x56) for my grandson and that is the PERFECT size for one person on their side of the bed. If the 15 lb could be that size, I'd be a happier camper!
First time he tested it out he said it feels like you guys are right with me. He has slept with it for last 5 nights and has consistently slept through the night so far. Deducted one star only because it is very warm. He gets very hot under the blanket, not sure how he will be able to use it during warmer months. Otherwise very satisfied thus far with this purchase.
Had a slight issue with my order but was remedied very fast. Companies like this are rare and Harkla is well deserving of a five star review. The product is very well made and has helped my son to sleep more soundly. Wouldn’t hesitate to buy again or recommend Harkla products to anyone.
Adult Weighted Blanket by Harkla - Less Anxiety, Better Sleep
The weighted blanket is very well made and is a real hit with my son. He tried it out last night and skipped his nightly melatonin dose and slept really well. When he woke in the night he quickly fell back to sleep again. He really enjoyed the comfort of watching TV wrapped up in the blanket. He especially likes the bumps on the soft blanket.
this is a Christmas gift for our grandson so I am not sure if is what will help him or no
So far since it has been about 14 days that I had this weighted blanket for my 3 years old son, he uses it and sleeps well. He is kind of off and on about it so it will take some getting used to but when I do put it on his while he sleeps he is knocked out for the night and there is zero tossing and turning. I noticed one day that I was laying with him watching television and a portion of his blanket was laying on me. When I got up to go to the kitchen I felt light as if I loss comfort. I realized it was his blanket. It made me not want to leave the bed lol. I actually liked the applied pressure of the blanket because it felt calm, relaxing and soothing. That makes me realize that this thing actually does work. I gave this a 4 star because he has not really adjusted to it all the way yet. But it is useful when he sleeps and it's amazing. Now if he can just sleep in his own bed with it so that my fiance and I can finally have the bed to ourselves again. We tried it yestersay to have him in his own bed with the blanket. Although he did fall asleep he didn't stay sleep. I woke up this morning just to see that he ended up back in our bed... with the blanket lol.
I got the 50x75” for my grown daughter to use on her chaise. She loves it! She has anxiety stemming from an attack some years back. But her husband also loves it. Very comforting and comfortable.
It’s our third and every family member loves it and wants one of their own.
Our 8 year old has anxiety. This blanket seems to help lessen the severity of the panic attacks.
Our son has night terrors and wakes up screaming almost every night multiple times a night. Its so bad that nothing will calm him down even trying to comfort him by rocking or patting his back just makes it worse. Everyone we talked to about it said that he wasn’t fully waking up even if his eyes were open it was like he was sleep walking and that we should just let him cry it out and get through it on hiis own but to watch him to make sure he was okay and didn’t cause hard to him self. Mind you he is 3 years old and this probably started right after his first birthday. I had read about weighted blankets and searched different brands for some time but they are just so expensive. One day I stumble across HARKLAS web pag and read so many helpful reviews and thought why not give it a shot. Ever since I received it my son fell in love with it and uses it every night and sleeps all night long with out waking up in his own bed. He hasn’t had one bad night since we have it to him. Safe to say every one is now sleeping better and I don’t worry about him as much when trying to fall asleep I know how safe and security he feels sleeping. I would recommend this product to any one who has any type of trouble sleeping or is even thinking about it as a possible solution for some type of issue for your child. It has done wonders for ours and I’m in love with it!!!!! I couldn’t have asked for something better and so simple like a blanket to solve the issue
Wow! This blanket has been amazing in helping my two year old grandson settle down to sleep in minutes. He took an afternoon nap for the first time in his crib yesterday. He normally naps on his mother’s bed but yesterday he napped solid for 1 1/2 hours. So soft and love the colors! Excellent product, very pleased! Thank you.
Our little guy has ADHD, vestibular and auditory processing disorders. I've been recommended the weighted blanket a few times, and took the plunge with the Harkla 5-pound. My five year old loves it and has asked for this blanket only at night. He is finally sleeping all the way through the night and waking only in the morning. Thank you Harkla, I would highly recommend.
We all love the minky feeling of this blanket! My son sleeps with it every night as his comforter. It's very warm, so we took the bedspread off his toddler bed and he only uses the weighted blanket and a light sheet. Because it gets so warm, we've had to wash it a handful of times. It's very easy and always comes out looking like new!
I got 2 blankets of different sizes for two of my children. They love the blankets and absolutely want them at bedtime and even when lounging. My only feedback is that they do get very hot. They end up sweaty and uncomfortable. With that said, it is August in the Midwest here, so it’s HOT anyway. Even with the air going we all get warm. So hopefully it proves perfect for those cool winter nights! Also, they are awfully small. I was a bit shocked at how little the blankets actually are. The larger one is a bit longer and a tiny bit wider, but they only go from chest to toe and are not wide at all, so when a child rolls or moves, the blanket no longer covers part of their body. Otherwise, I love them and think they are great and I’m so happy to have them!
We are satisfied with the weight of the blanket.
I bought this blanket for myself, I suffer with an anxiety disorder and had a really hard time falling asleep and stay asleep. Ever since I got this blanket I’ve been able to sleep so good at night. It helps keeps me calm. I bought the 20lb blanket and it’s perfect :)
I ordered this blanket for my almost 4-year-old daughter who tends to struggle with hyperactivity when falling asleep as well as emotional tantrums that manifest with physical outbursts (hitting, scratching others and herself) when overtired. While I realize a lot of this behavior is somewhat "normal" for any 3/4 year old, I wanted to offer her something to help. After a few weeks of using this blanket at bedtime and as needed to calm down, I can say that it helps a lot! I feel the blanket has extended naps, and helped her fall asleep quickly at night. In addition, when she has a tantrum, she welcomes the calmness of the weighted blanket. And she is able to calm down in my arms while snuggled in the blanket. The blanket is a little bit warm for spring/summer, so we make sure her room is cool and she is dressed lightly.
We borrowed a friend’s homemade weighted blanket before deciding on if it was worth us to get our own - there was no way I was up for the challenge of making MY own, but we were instantly sold on the effectiveness of the weighted blanket. My almost-5 year old sensory-seeking ADHD son was in love with it immediately, and when the Harkla one arrived it was an equally huge hit - it is VERY soft and snuggly, and fits his toddler-bed perfectly. The weight is amazingly dispersed in heavy soft padding, and he is very happy with it. We haven’t washed it yet, but love that there is an easy option for that. Very happy here!
Came in just as described. We have only had it a little over a week but I can tell it is a high quality product. Although my autistic 2 yr old doesn’t use it appropriately as a blanket, she sleeps on top of it every night. Something about it is comforting to her and she goes down much easier with this blanket than she did before we had it. No more tears and running around her bed(mattress on the floor) at night.
I bought the 10lb blanket for my 55lb 9 year old son who has ADHD and it has been a total game changer (went a little heavier than recommended and glad we did). While he is generally a good sleeper, he has a long-standing issue with nighttime awakenings and more recently was having a lot of trouble settling down to sleep. Since this blanket arrived about 3 weeks ago, both of these problems have disappeared. He falls asleep easily and stays asleep. He also seeks out the blanket to snuggle under if he’s having a rough day with his brothers, and drags it to the sofa to read or watch tv. I haven’t tried other weighted blankets but did a bunch of research and am glad we went with Harkla - the beads are baffled in the blanket and seem mixed in with the filling so they don’t shift, and the cover is incredibly soft. No complaints at all about it being too hot. Have already recommended this to several friends!
Until you have slept under a weighted blanket you will just never understand. I thought it was be extremely hot and it wasn’t. I thought it was a gimmick, and now I’ve burned through all my sick days because I do t want to wake up. Get one.
It’s hard for me to sleep without this now I love it. The only reason I gave 4 stars is that its just hot. The cover stays on well but I would love a plain cotton cover option so I can use it in the summer and not have the fleece. I can’t feel the beads so I don’t know if they’re where they should be but I’m assuming they stay put.
My son (who has ADHD and anxiety) got this a week ago. His blissful review: "It's like an electric blanket that gets its energy from ME!" He reports that he can fall asleep in "minutes, not hours" and is sleeping more soundly throughout the night. We are already noticing a positive impact on his energy level and mood during the day, too. He loves it so much that he not only uses it at bedtime, but drags it to the sofa to use while he reads. We got a slightly heavier size than recommended for his weight (the lighter blanket seems to be persistently sold out), but the extra bulk seems to be good for him! My son and I have a lot of chemical sensitivities and was worried about possible off-gassing with the blanket filling, but haven't noticed any negative effects or smell. So happy we bought this!
I toss and turn less, sleep more soundly, and the temperature always seems right. I love it!!!
My 4 year old loves his blanket and he sleeps so much better at night. Thank u.
For the last two years, I’ve been debating buying my daughter a weighted blanket. I’ve waited to buy it because I was not sure if it would be worth the investment. She has anxiety and sensory processing issues. Regulation can be challenging for her, particularly at the end of the day. I am so glad that I finally bought one because she absolutely loves it! She sleeps with it every night. She loves How soft the minky cover is. I love that I will be able to take it off to wash it too. She is 60 pounds and we went with the 10 pound blanket which seems to be just right for her. Great product!!
Our son who is 2 1/2 would get out of bed every night and walk into our room. He acted like he hates to go to sleep, but was exhausted. He also didn’t seem to sleep well, would cry out in the night and need to be comforted. Naps were the worst. I almost gave up on them. Until this weighted blanket was suggested by a friend. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT HAS MADE. In the two weeks we have used the 5lb blanket for our 25 lb child, he has gotten out of his bed only once and now takes a two hour nap without getting up at all. I can hardly believe it. It was the best $$ I have spent in a very long time. High quality material, the duvet is soft and seems durable, the blanket is not as big as I thought it would be, but it works like a charm. Our son is more relaxed at bed time and is asleep within minutes, where previously he would literally be up within 10 minutes and continue to get up multiple times. I would not have believed this massive change in behavior was possible if I hadn’t seen it in action. So happy we made the purchase!
I ordered this blanket for my 3-year old daughter. She already sleeps through the night with no issues so I can't speak to the fact of it's effectiveness but it is great quality. Might be a little too hot/thick in certain climates but I like it overall.
It has made a world of difference for my daughter in is by far the best constructed blanket we have ever had ! We’re planning on buying more
My daughter loves her weighted blanket. It calms her so she sleeps better. Customer service was very helpful answering my questions. My may purchase myself a blanket as well.
I would have rated this 5 stars, but had to take off 1 for the following reasons. I ordered 2 blankets several months apart. The first is all cotton filling (the reason I purchased). The second clearly has some sort of pellets inside and there are some quality issues. One of the loops inside was completely sewn shut, so I had to cut it open. The blankets have helped my children greatly, I just wish the product was the same as the first I ordered.
I am a 140 lb female and when I put the 15 lb blanket on, it puts me to sleep. I have it on the couch now (because my teenage daughters want to share and it was a family Christmas present) and I always get great naps. I haven't tried it overnight yet. The fabric is soft and it seems well put together. Bought for generalized anxiety/worry wart tendencies and so far, this blanket is a hit!
I ordered a Harkla blanket for my daughter who has ASD. I was very impressed that I received the blanket within 5 days from the west coast right before the holidays. So far, the blanket has been a success and it has helped my daughter relax and fall asleep and get a better night's sleep and I feel it is good quality. I have not washed it yet so I cannot comment on how it holds up after cleaning. I'd say the only "con" about the blanket (7 lbs) is short (and not very wide) in terms of overall size so I see my daughter outgrowing an expensive blanket sooner than later. It is smaller than the size of a twin size bed. Other than that, we have had good success with it and it has helped my daughter.
I believe if I had a proper mattress, I would be sleeping way better. But I will say, I have been going to bed without taking anything to help me fall asleep.
There have been a couple of nights I've went to sleep and not woken up in almost 5 hours, very rare.
So I think it's helping.
My daughter has anxiety and this blanket was wonderful! Feels like a big hug and she even slept better;) thank you !
So we bought this blanket after hearing a few times about how a weighted blanket can help children w anxiety issues. Our 7 year old son does not sleep through the night - ever (he does have mild anxiety during day and at night is petrified of everything!) After purchasing this (we got the 7lb. Blanket for our 53 lb. 7 year old), we got SEVEN nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep. While I am fully aware we are not “cured” of our son’s night waking routine, it was definitely a great start. It apparently is helping him to sleep more soundly. Best $100 I’ve ever spent!
I ordered 4 weighted blankets, for my own family’s personal use, a few weeks before Christmas. They arrived quickly to my doorstep, and the quality is amazing! The covers are super soft and the blankets seem very durable! Both the product and the customer service are terrific!
As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I will definitely be recommending this company to my patients!
Harkla Weighted Blanket for Autism, Anxiety, or ADHD
This blanket is amazing. It’s so incredibly soft and well made.
We purchased the weighted blanket for our 2 year old son who hadn't slept through the night. He was waking 3+ times a night and starting his day very early. We had been to numerous doctors, tried changing diet, daytime schedule, natural remedies, you name it we tried it. We purchased this blanket as a last resort and we are so happy we did. He has slept more through the night in the last week than he has almost his whole life! We are on 8 days and counting with him sleeping. He's in such a better mood during the day, does great naps, and is such a happy boy!
This blanket is well made with quality and small details in mind (from the minky texture to the ties to keep the weighted component in place). We are so pleased with this purchase!
I have a very sensitive 4 year old. When we moved across the country he had a lot of anxiety in the form of tantrums and overall shutting down at times. It was like he was always extremely tired...so it dawned on me that he may not have been sleeping well (which made sense because he was a TERRIBLE sleeper as a baby and has always been high needs, especially in that regard). After some research I came across weighted blankets...and within those I came across Harkla. This blanket is so well made and the customer service from the company is fantastic. My 4 year old became a different kid almost overnight. We call it his "hugging blanket" and tell him it helps him sleep really well...which it does! He loves it and so do we. If you're considering getting one, I promise you can't go wrong with this one or this company. I love it! Eventually I want an adult one for me. :-)