But for many first time buyers of a weighted blanket, the immediate question that springs to mind is ‘what size weighted blanket should I get?’
In this guide we’ll find out.
What Is A Weighted Blanket?
A weighted blanket is a blanket that’s heavier in weight than an everyday blanket. It contains lightly weighted materials such as plastic poly pellets or tiny glass beads, which are are sewn into the blanket to give it additional weight.
When used, the weighted blanket applies gentle pressure on the user, which helps the brain release neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, chemicals which aid relaxation and sleep.
Many children and adults have found weighted blankets a huge help with anxiety, sleeping issues and symptoms associated with autism and ADHD.
Let’s find out how to choose the right size weighted blanket for your needs…
How To Choose The Right Size Weighted Blanket
The sizing guidelines below are the ‘rule of thumb’ industry standard used and recommended by most occupational therapists and healthcare professionals.
Don’t worry too much about finding a weighted blanket that’s the ‘exact’ recommended weight for your size – a little bit of extra weight here and there likely won’t make much difference.
But do keep in mind that the Royal College of Occupational Therapy suggest choosing the lightest weighted blanket you can, while still getting the desired benefits.
Weighted Blanket Sizing For Children
When choosing a weighted blanket for children, it’s recommended you choose a blanket that’s:
- 10% of a child’s body weight, plus 1 or 2 pounds.
So if your child is 40 lbs, this would mean a blanket that’s around 5-6 lbs.
Keep in mind as well; the actual ‘size’ of the blanket will change in line with the weight. So a child’s small 6-7lb blanket will be smaller in size than a larger child’s 8-20lb blanket.
For example, Mosaic Weighted Blankets offer weighted blankets for kids in 3 weights and sizes:
- Child’s Small Weighted Blanket – S 36″ x 42″ 6-12 lbs
- Child’s Medium Weighted Blanket – M 38″ x 50″ 7-15 lbs
- Child’s Large Weighted Blanket – L 38″ x 60″ 8-20 lbs
Most companies that sell weighted blankets offer easy to follow sizing charts or custom blankets like the ones above, so it’s generally really easy to find the right size.
And if you’re ever uncertain which weight to get, always consult a healthcare professional.
Some companies are also happy to change the blanket if you decide you’ve picked the wrong size. Check product terms before you buy to be sure.CLICK HERE TO VIEW RECOMMENDED WEIGHTED BLANKETS FOR KIDS
Weighted Blankets Sizing For Adults
For adults, it’s recommended that a weighted blanket be:
- 10% of the ideal body weight.
Again, you don’t need to be 100% ‘exact’. But keep in mind 10% of your body weight may start to feel quite heavy for some people.
So it’s usually better to err on the side of a lighter blanket over a heavier one, if unsure. Some people do prefer a little extra weight, so you can always work up if you decide you prefer a little extra pressure later on.
Here’s a Recommended Weight Chart from Mosaic Weighted Blankets that will help you choose a weighted blanket for your size and weight.
Weighted Blankets Sizing For Toddlers
Many manufactures suggest weighted blankets are safe to use with toddlers from around the age of around 2 to 3. Other sources suggest waiting until a child is nearer 6 or 7.
The important thing to remember is that a toddler or young child shouldn’t use a weighted blanket unsupervised if they have physical, learning or other difficulties, which may mean they are unable to remove the blanket independently. This goes for children and adults as well.
Supervision is also advised for children under the age of 6.
In terms of the guidelines for size and weight though, these are the same as for children – 10% of the toddler’s body weight, plus 1 or 2 lbs.
If you’re unsure, again, always consult a healthcare professional for advice.
Weighted Blankets For Babies
It’s quite common for parents to hear about the positive experiences of weighted blankets for sleep, prompting them to ask if weighted blankets are safe to use with babies.
They’re not. In fact, weighted blankets should never be used with babies or in a cot.
Babies aren’t able to regulate their temperatures in the same way as older children and adults, plus they may struggle to move the blanket off their body, or away from their head, should the occasion arise. These factors could pose serious risks of overheating or suffocation.
Is There Anything Else I Need To Consider?
Another factor to consider when choosing a weighted blanket is the material it’s made from.
If your child (or you) is prone to overheating, or likes to sleep at a certain temperature, a blanket with a 100% breathable cotton cover may be the best option. Cotton tends to retain less heat than fleece or Minky blankets, so they are generally cooler.
It’s also crucial to remember that a toddler, young child, or adult should never use a weighted blanket unsupervised if they have physical, learning or other difficulties, which could mean they’re unable to remove the blanket independently.
You should also never cover the face with a weighted blanket or roll a child up in one – blankets should be placed over the body, with the face and neck fully exposed.
Here are 11 guidelines to help you ensure the safe and effective use of a weighted blanket.
What Size Weighted Blanket Should I Get? – Closing Thoughts
Many children and adults have found weighted blankets a huge help with issues such as stress and insomnia, as well as symptoms associated with autism and ADHD.
Always make sure you get the right size and weight of blanket for your needs though, to ensure safe and effective use of the blanket. This is simple to do if you adhere to these general guidelines:
- For children: 10% of the body weight plus 1-2 pounds
- For adults: 10% of the ideal body weight