A Rather “Weighty” Topic

Look at me getting “punny” this morning.  Yep, I’m a dork.  If you think that was an embarrasing attempt at humor, please, keep reading.

This morning, I was standing in the kitchen with Husband and Maya making a cup of coffee (for the record, the Keurig thing is still MIA.)  when Joel came running into the kitchen mildly distressed.  We comforted him briefly, then he ran back to the living room and got quiet again.  I finished making my cup and wandered into the living room to make sure he was okay.  This is what I saw:

I made Husband and Maya come look.  We “oohed and awwed” his adorableness and then I announced I would be researching weighted blankets today.  Fun Fun.

First, I looked into purchasing one.  I found one website with some great information.  Actually, just looking at this site made me realize that this isn’t as simple as picking out a new toaster.  I also realized it is a lot more costly than a new toaster as well.  They do have some information about insurance, but unfortunately, my brain turns into pure mush when I read about topics like insurance, or real estate, or investment banking, etc.  I have thus relegated the insurance stuff to Husband whose brain is way less “mushy” in that regard.  (I’ll inform him as soon as he gets home, haha.)

Then I figured, “Hey, I’m pretty smart.  I can make a weighted blanket!”  So, I googled How to make a weighted blanket and found this really great blog with directions.  Of course, I actually read the directions and looked at the photos and came to my senses.  Seriously, I can barely even thread a needle.  I don’t even own a sewing machine.  I took Home Ec WAY back in the day and everyday class was over I was just thrilled I hadn’t set my little cooking station on fire or sewn my fingers together.  I have gotten better in the kitchen, but sewing and I have never reconciled our differences.

So, I’m back to the original idea of buying a weighted blanket or possibly having one made by an actual sewing professional.  I still need to measure Joel by size (wish me luck getting him to hold still while I pull out the tape measure!) and figure out how much weight is just right to make him comfortable.  I’m thinking we should probably also talk it over with his OT and get her opinion.  She did try a weighted vest on him during the school year, but he didn’t seem to like it.  He does, however, love blankets and being wrapped up in them, sometimes.  If anyone reading this has any experience with weighted blankets, I would appreciate your insight into them.

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  1. Yay! I have a suggestion. This is an old post bit will take you to a great site and great help from my friend Karla! http://www.spdbloggernetwork.com/2011/03/21/peace-weighted-blanket-review-and-giveaway/

    Hope it helps! 🙂

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  2. Thank you (and Karla!). I will definitely check out her website.

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  3. I can’t find the link just for squish boxes, but here is a page of items other than weighted blankets that provide similar input. The squish boxes/sensory caves pictured are doable for those of us who don’t sew.
    http://understandingspd.com/weighted-and-calming-tools.html

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  4. There are some really neat things here. I really like the idea of compression clothing. Thanks so much for this!

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  5. Ok – this post has me inspired. My little guy LOVES proprioceptive input and this looks perfect. Thanks for the info!

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  6. Thank you and you’re most welcome. 🙂

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  7. We’ve just ordered a weighted blanket for our son. There are a few people who make them to order on eBay for half the price the big companies charge.

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  8. Thanks for the Ebay tip, Ellie. I hope your son enjoys his new blanket. 🙂

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  9. We bought ours from affordableweightedblankets.com. There is a lifetime guarantee and it is made by a family (and a community) in their local church (or something). All I know, is that the blanket is awesome! We have washed it about a dozen times and it has stood up like iron. There are a ton of patterns to choose from and they know what they are doing! Not sure if you’ll agree with their affordability… my mom bought it for him, but it definitely wasn’t the most expensive out there. Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

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  10. My son does that with our couch cushions, as well. We recently bought a weighted blanket per the recommendation of Neil from Pucks and Puzzle Pieces. He got his rec from Jess at Diary of a Mom.

    Here’s the website http://www.beanblanket.com/index.html

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    • Thanks Lisa! I will go check out that site as well. We are still “weighing” our options, so to speak, and could use extra resources. 🙂

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