Getting kids to settle faster and sleep longer is the holy grail of parenting. And we’ve found a class of blankets that just might be what you’ve been looking for.
Kids weighted blankets are filled with glass beads and provide even pressure on the body, creating a deep sense of calm thanks to a shot of released serotonin. Originally developed to calm children with sensory processing issues, weighted blankets are now widely sold in Australia and provide comfort to anxious and restless kids. And the word is, they feel as delicious as a big warm hug.
While all weighted blankets aim to soothe children, not all are created equal, so we’ve put together a handy list of key features to ponder when you’re scouting one out.
What to consider when buying a weighted blanket for kids
Choose the right weight for your child – Always refer to the store’s guide to ensure you choose a blanket that is safe for your child’s body weight. The rule of thumb is that the blanket should weigh no more than 10% of a child’s body weight.
Check for ease of washing – Thankfully, many weighted blankets for kids are machine-washable, but it depends on how heavy the blanket is, and the type of filling used. Having extra covers may help to stretch out the washing intervals of the blanket itself.
Fabrics vary across brands – Minky covers provide the ultimate in cosiness, while bamboo and cotton breathe well and remain cooler. Some blankets come in a combination of both for an all-season solution.
Filling types also vary – In Australia, weighted blankets for kids are most commonly filled with either micro glass beads or plastic pellets. Glass beads tend to be the filling of choice for premium brands because they’re noiseless, odourless and eco-friendly.
11 calming weighted blankets for kids
To help you tackle those restless moments, we’ve put together a handy list of the best therapy blankets in Australia. In no particular order, here they are:
Filled with silent glass beads, kids won’t be disturbed by any rustling as they settle in for snuggles. It comes in a weight of 2.2kg for children and is available in three glorious shades granite, ocean and quartz.
Made with a premium glass bead fill and ultra-snuggly fleece over, these delicious blankets relax the nervous system and settle anxious kids. They weigh 3kg each and come in a choice of pink or blue shades.
With a hypoallergenic filling and Minky cover that is oh-so-soft, these premium blankies are the ultimate in cosy cocoons. Entirely machine-washable, they come in contemporary hues and start at 2kg for children’s blankets.
If it’s colour they want, look no further. These bright handmade blankets from an all-mum team come in a choice of 12 different kid-friendly shades – and with the sensory addition of raised dots on each blanket, they’re just asking to be snuggled.
The 100% bamboo cover on this classic, Aussie-designed weighted blanket has a welcome cooling effect that makes it ideal for warmer climes, hot sleepers and an all-year use. They’re available in 2.2kg and 3.2kg weights for littlies.
Heavily researched, and thoughtfully designed, these therapeutic blankets for kids come with their own sensory covers in a choice of pink or purple. For more convenience, blankets zip into their covers so that they stay put.
Packing oodles of cuddle-like comfort and advanced features, it’s little wonder this brand’s signature blanket is such a hit with Aussie kids. We’re loving that it comes with a reversible cover in super-soft materials and that it’s designed with smaller grids for even coverage of weight.
Pair this premium weighted blanket with a dual-function VERSA cover for a toasty-plush finish on one side and cooling cotton on the other. It has a ZipperTech securing system for no sagging or bunching – ever.
Affordability meets function with this breathable weighted blanket for kids. Filled with high-density glass beads, it’s machine-washable and pairs with adorable fitted covers (available separately).
They’ll be unwinding easier and drifting off sooner wrapped up in this Minky gem. Weighing in at 2.25kg, this popular weighted blanket is ideal for tots and preschoolers and comes with your choice of two-tone sensory cover.
Uniquely, these machine-washable weighted blankets come as one single piece, meaning you don’t have to concern yourself with covers or ties. Designed especially for kids, they weigh 2.5kg and come in a range of adorable prints.
Filled with premium glass beads, the Oodie weighted is like a big warm hug. Recommended for kids over three years, it comes in six different weights, started at 4.5kg, and it’s hand-washable. Choose from grey or blue.
At what age can a child use a weighted blanket?
This can range from two to four years depending on manufactures. Children any younger than this may not be able to free themselves if they become tangled or their face becomes covered while they sleep. Be diligent and always check the individual brand’s recommendation, and remember to chat to your occupational therapist and/or GP before using a weighted blanket for your little one.
What are the benefits of weighted blankets for children?
Because they work like a form of deep touch pressure stimulation, weighted blankets can help by calming unsettled kids, relieving stress and therefore helping them get higher quality sleep and more of it.
How heavy should kids weighted blankets be?
Most brands recommend that a weighted blanket should be no more than 10% of your child’s body weight.
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