It’s no secret that sensory needs abound in our house. Both boys have their sensory needs, and those vary from child to child. We’ve always been hesitant to try any weighted products because results seem to be such a 50/50 split, and the cost for the products is usually high. I was so grateful that we were afforded the opportunity to review a blanket from The Magic Weighted Blanket.
I’ll admit that going into the review, I didn’t have high expectations — especially given the results I’d read other families have had with weighted products. I was hoping it would help our older son get to sleep at night. He has a lot of trouble shutting his brain off to get to sleep. I figured he was a prime candidate for the blanket because even at eleven years old, he still swaddles himself up in his blankets to sleep.
What I didn’t count on what the excitement when the box with the blanket inside came. Both boys were really excited. My older son knew it was coming as I had talked with him about it, and asked him if reviewing the blanket was something he wanted to do. My younger son, who is also on the spectrum, was even more excited that we had received a box! I didn’t count on him commandeering the blanket once it got here.
Since the boys are so close in size, we let my younger son (who is five) try it out. The blanket was only two pounds more than recommended for his size, so we figured it wouldn’t hurt to let him have it for a night or two vs. the meltdown we’d get if we didn’t. My older son was amazingly flexible in this whole process.
The little one tried the blanket out for a couple nights, and it didn’t really seem to make much difference for him. At one point he even said he didn’t like the way the beads moved in the blanket, so we put it on my older son’s bed. Of course after a night away, the little one wanted it back and claimed it was the best thing since sliced bread.
Our older son loved the weighted blanket. He loved the soft minky material. The blue color wasn’t babyish, just plain, and it was nice and heavy. The blanket provided just the right pressure that he craves. My older son said that the weighted blanket did allow him to fall asleep faster than usual. His only complaint is that the blanket doesn’t leave much room for him to grow length wise. It just covers him now. I did learn after talking with a rep for The Magic Weighted Blanket company that going up a size or two to allow your child the room to grow, and your pocketbook a sound investment, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
We now find ourselves in the predicament of needing a second blanket. This isn’t entirely a bad thing, just annoying while the boys have to figure out a sharing system until the second one arrives!
And now for some fun… a GIVEAWAY!
The Magic Weighted Blanket has offered to give away one of their weighted blankets to a lucky SPDBN family. The winner can select any blanket from The Magic Weighted Blanket’s web site, up to $164 value. To enter, complete the form at the bottom of this post. Entries will be accepted between 10/15/2012 and 10/22/2012 at midnight EST. Please keep in mind that you must be a U.S. resident and follower of the SPDBN via Facebook or Twitter (@SPDBN) in order to be eligible for this giveaway.
And don’t forget to visit The Magic Weighted Blanket on Facebook, and to enter their Season’s Greetings drawing where they’ll be giving away a blanket a month!
Editor’s Note: Big thanks to Amanda G and family of Confessions From HoueholdSix for reviewing The Magic Weighted Blanket.