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Making a weighted blanket.

Making a weighted blanket., originally uploaded by molbl0g.

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Wheee! What filling are you using?

Craft pellets! I'm under it now. I have to make one for myself!

i wonder if my spouse would tolerate a weighted blanket. or how well it would work for it to just cover me (given our sleeping habits, i'm going to guess: not well.)

Huh. Someone's having sensory issues, I take it.

And someone's mom is finally getting around to making the blanket that she bought weights for 2-3 years ago.

It's such a soft pale pink flannel with spiders that match the blue fleece on the reverse side... the kid liked the fabric! SNUGGLY spiders.

That said, I realize that this is a blanket that isn't going to be coveted by a lot of people. :)

See, I was thinking it should have a pattern of big weights; either dumbbells or the notional truncated pyramid that says "16 TON" on it.

i hadn't heard of a weighted blanket until now. a quick google tells me that i ***need*** one of these. it also explains why i loved having our labrador flop down on me as a kid.

thank you.

ps - i would totally use a snuggly spider blanket. your kid is too cool.

You DO need one. I mean, most people seem to find them comfortable, but if the description sounds particularly appealing, trust me, it's THAT GREAT. I hang on to these heavy awkward denim comforters that I have to lay crosswise on my bed because they're heavy... I feel like if I could get it together to make a king-sized one of these, I'd be even happier.

I'm bad at google today. I found lots of places trying to sell me one, but no one explaining *how* it helped beyond claims that it's a miracle drug free cure to everything. What are they supposed to do?

They're usually used for sensory integration/processing issues. This is the first link I came across that talked about it much.

Edited at 2012-11-14 10:41 pm (UTC)

I would love to see some actual science on this rather than testimonials*, but it sounds very cool. Are they easy to make? How do you figure out how heavy to make them? Not that I really need another project, but it sounds like it would be a really neat sensation.

*It sounds like maybe there is some? I should do a search, but probably not until after all the grading and writing gets finished this week.

i know you said you wanted science, and while i can't give you actual science, i can tell you what my physical therapist has told me. in some people, their nervous systems can become hyper-reactive in a response to real (or perceived) danger, so the nervous system continues to hyper-react until the feeling of safety is achieved. some people find a kind of all-over pressure to be comforting. it's why newborns are tightly swaddled.

heh. i'm wanting to spend a bunch of money i don't have to purchase one, because i'm certainly not going to make one.

No, but that's on the right track, or why I'm so curious rather. There were hints of that on some of the websites I read, but no actual 'I know because I work with the body' people. And if there's a physical therapist out there saying this it strikes me as likely someone has done studies, and I'd love to see the efficacy compared to other interventions for things like insomnia. If I ever get around to actually doing a lit search, I will report back.

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