TODAY’s Terri Peters included the Cariloha bamboo weighted blanket in her article “12 best weighted blankets for kids in 2021”. She talks about how our weighted blanket repels odors, allergens and toxins, allowing kids to rest easy. TODAY reaches an audience of more than 4.3 million unique monthly visitors.
12 Best Weighted Blankets for Kids in 2021
By Terri Peters
From soft fabrics to adorable prints, these weighted blankets will deliver “consistent hugs” throughout the night.
Nearly every parent is familiar with the laundry list of questions and excuses kids come up with for not being quite ready to drift off to dreamland — like needing one more bedtime story or that last drink of water from the fridge.
Enter the weighted blanket, a soft blanket filled with beads or poly-pellets designed to help people relax under its weight.
Dr. Markesha Miller, a licensed psychotherapist, says weighted blankets are a great choice for kids who struggle with sleeping through the night or are transitioning to sleeping alone, and can also help kids with autism, ADHD and anxiety.
“One thing we know about children is they seek soothing and comfort,” Miller told Shop TODAY. “When a child is afraid and you hold them or hug them, they feel comforted and at ease. A weighted blanket is able to provide that for a child in a scientific way, so, compare a weighted blanket for a child to a consistent hug.”
Miller says kids who snuggle up with one of these relaxation-inducing blankets may be more likely to feel soothed and want to stay in bed.
“Children love hugs, as a matter of fact, they need them,” Miller continued. “To a child, this is what a weighted blanket feels like.”
While adult weighted blankets can weight up to 25 pounds, the ones for kids are usually between five and 15 pounds. To get the perfect size blanket for your child, Miller recommends choosing one that weights about 10% of their body weight.
We’ve rounded up 12 of the cutest, softest and most child-friendly weighted blankets out there to make bedtime a little easier.
Top-rated weighted blankets for kids
Onyx Weighted Bamboo Blanket
Filled with glass beads and made from bamboo-viscose fabric, this 15-pound weighted blanket from Cariloha repels odors, allergens and toxins, allowing kids to rest easy. Cariloha weighted bamboo blanket.
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