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The snoozzzy weighted blanket FAQ

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Our FAQ section is comprehensive and covers the majority of enquiries. We’ve condensed the main bulk of our FAQ here into a handy article. You can see our full FAQ section here and, of course, if you have any questions.

How heavy should a weighted blanket be for a child?

It is easy to wonder how heavy a weighted blanket should be for a child but there is a simple rule of thumb that makes choosing the right blanket easy.

A weighted blanket for children should be 10% of their body weight plus a pound or two. So, a child who is 30lb should use a blanket that is 4-5lb in weight. Choosing the right weight blanket for your child will ensure optimum results whilst also maintaining safety.

The right weight of weighted blanket for your child ensures that the blanket doesn’t make them feel too heavy. It also ensures the blanket can be used for long periods without giving children the feeling of being uncomfortable or overwhelming.

Can a three-year-old use a weighted blanket?

So long as the weighted blanket is the appropriate weight for the child then there is no reason why a three-year-old can not use a weighted blanket. Make sure you choose a blanket that is around 10% of their body weight- with a snoozzzy weighted blanket that should be no heavier than the 5lb option. Please note I would never recommend a weighted product for a child under two years old.

Because of this we always say the best time to introduce a weighted blanket is when the child is three years old. This is because children of this age are more independent in general yet they also need all the help they can get with calming down, sleeping better, and learning new coping skills for tough moments as they develop.

A weighted blanket will make it easier for your little one to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer without waking up stirred up from bad dreams or upset by scary noises in the house or outside. It also helps with sensory regulation which means fewer meltdowns on a daily basis!

Can a 10-year-old use a weighted blanket?

A weighted blanket is the key to restful sleep and has many benefits for a range of people from toddlers to adults. The short answer is yes. Children who are struggling with sensory processing issues will benefit from using a weighted blanket.

So if your child is 10 years old or older, they can use a weighted blanket in their bed. In fact, we highly recommend it.

So long as the weighted blanket is the appropriate weight for the child then there is no reason why a 10-year-old can not use a weighted blanket. Make sure you choose a blanket that is around 10% of their body weight- with a snoozzzy weighted blanket that is likely to be the 7lb or 10lb blanket so it is wise to weigh the child before choosing. Please note I would never recommend a weighted product for a child under two years old.

How do I choose a weighted blanket for my kid?

The first step to choosing a weighted blanket for your child is to weigh them, this is because it is recommended for optimal results and safety you choose a blanket that is 10% of their body weight plus a pound or two. Once you know which weight is best you can then choose the colour of the blanket and the design of the cover.

Once you have decided on the correct weight for your child, you know your child best. You know what they like and what they don’t like, their favourite foods, and the way they act when they’re happy or sad.

This is why at Snoozzzy we have developed a range of blanket covers with different designs to keep any child happy. We recommend using our “Build your own snoozzzy” feature where you can see our full range of covers available and make sure you make the right choice.

Can a four-year-old use a weighted blanket?

So long as the weighted blanket is the appropriate weight for the child then there is no reason why a four-year-old can not use a weighted blanket. Make sure you choose a blanket that is around 10% of their body weight- with a snoozzzy weighted blanket that is likely to be the 5lb option. Please note I would never recommend a weighted product for a child under two years old.

So long as the weighted blanket is the appropriate weight for the child then the benefits of buying a weighted blanket to help a 4-year-old sleep better can not be underestimated.

Can weighted blankets be harmful?

It is important that the weight of the blanket is appropriate for the weight of the user. This should be 10% of their body weight plus a pound or two. If the blanket is too heavy it could be restrictive and cause difficulties with breathing as it lays across the user’s chest.

It is also important that a weighted blanket is not used by children under two years old as they may struggle to communicate clearly if they are uncomfortable. The child should be able to move the blanket off of themselves easily – if they can not then the weight is too heavy for them.

If your child has sleep apnoea, breathing problems, or any chronic health condition, then please check with your child’s doctor before using a weighted blanket.

What weight should a weighted blanket be for a three-year-old?

Make sure you choose a blanket that is around 10% of their body weight- with a snoozzzy weighted blanket that should be no heavier than the 5lb option.

A weighted blanket will make it easier for your little one to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer without waking up stirred up from bad dreams or upset by scary noises in the house or outside. It also helps with sensory regulation which means fewer meltdowns on a daily basis!

lease note, here at Snoozzzy we would never recommend a weighted product for a child under two years old.

Is it normal for toddlers to cry in their sleep?

Is your toddler crying in his sleep? Join the club! This is a common problem for many parents because it can be very difficult to figure out what’s going on. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks you can try to help get things back on track.

It can also be very worrying as a parent trying to discern if it’s just nightmares or something more serious, as well as knowing the right way to go about soothing your little one so that he/she doesn’t wake up every night screaming.

Toddlers and older babies who cry while asleep, especially while moving in bed or making other sounds, may be having night terrors but there could be something else going on. There are various reasons for sleepless children from behavioural insomnia to sensory disorders such as autism.

In any instance, as the parent, it is always best to trust your gut instinct. All children have restless nights from time to time. If you feel your child’s sleep patterns are not normal, then we always recommend speaking to a specialist.

Snoozzzy weighted blankets are fantastic in helping restless children get a great nights sleep but we always recommend seeking professional advice if you are worried beyond the norm in any way at all.

Can a five-year-old use a weighted blanket?

The benefits of using a weighted blanket are well documented. They can help with sleep, anxiety and more. But what about 5-year-old children? Can they use them too?

The answer is a resounding yes!
Parents are reporting that their kids love weighted blankets more than adults do. Snoozzzy weighted blankets have been helping 5-year-olds be calmer and sleep better at night.

Just ensure to get the right weights of blanket for your child (approximately 10% of your child’s total body weight) for your child though to find one that works best for them. In the end, you will see how happy they are with this new addition to their bedtime routine!

Please note, here at Snoozzzy we would never recommend a weighted product for a child under two years old.

Is it safe for a child to sleep with a weighted blanket?

There has been a lot of talk about weighted blankets lately. One of the biggest questions people have is if it’s safe for a child to sleep with one. We all know that children need warmth and comfort, but do you want them sleeping with something heavy? Or worse, sleeping with something so heavy it disturbs their sleep more than ever!

If the weight of the blanket is the right weight for the child, then they are perfectly fine to sleep under. You should always choose a blanket that is around 10% of the child’s body weight. Also, make sure you are happy they can move it off of themselves easily before leaving them to sleep alone under it- a weighted blanket should never be used as a restraint.

For a child to sleep soundly, it’s important for their body and brain to feel safe.

That’s why many parents choose to give their children weighted blankets! These blankets are specifically manufactured to add weight while still offering a breathable fabric. This means a snoozzzy weighted blanket helps the child relax by providing deep pressure stimulation which is helpful for kids who need an extra calm down before bedtime or during times of stress – but also provides the standard level of comfort you would find from any great blanket.

The weight in these blankets is therapeutic for children who suffer from sensory processing disorders like autism and ADHD. In no way are these blankets unsafe. Quite the opposite.

The use of weighted blankets has been shown to improve sleep quality in both children and adults as well as providing comfort and relaxation to all ages of people suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, among other things.

What happens if a weighted blanket is too heavy?

A weighted blanket is designed to provide a sense of safety and comfort for children, but what if the weight feels too heavy? What should you do in that situation?

If a weighted blanket is too heavy the child using it will not feel comfortable and so will not reap the benefits a weighted blanket can offer. If the blanket is too heavy and the child can not move it easily it could cause discomfort and breathing and actually have the opposite of the desired effect.

To avoid a blanket being too heavy it is advised to weigh the child before choosing their weighted blanket. You want to choose a blanket which is 10% of their body weight plus a pound or two. If you receive your snoozzzy blanket and feel it is too heavy for your child you have 60days to return it for a full refund with our snoozzzy guarantee.

Please note, some children do prefer a slightly heavier blanket. Our 10% guide is always a starting point and the yardstick we recommend using when choosing the right weighted blanket for your child.

Is it ok to use a weighted blanket every night?

If the weighted blanket is the appropriate weight for the user, then there is no reason why it can’t be used every night. To make sure it is the right weight you should choose a blanket that is 10% of the user’s body weight plus a pound or two.

We constantly hear stories of parents whose younglings use their weighted blankets as a normal daily blanket. Often the child’s fave blanket. They love it so much that they never want to take it off the bed or be without it.

Weighted blankets have been shown as an effective treatment for anxiety, stress, and insomnia for children with sensory disorders but also children without sensory processing disorders alike. There is no negative reason for using weighted blankets sparingly.

Do you put the weighted blanket over a comforter?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question as it is down to the user’s comfort. Most snoozzzy weighted blanket customers use their weighted blanket on top of regular bedding but there is no reason at all why it can’t be used on its own or under a normal duvet or comforter.

The answer to this really does lie with each individual child and parent.

Do weighted blankets make you hot?

A weighted blanket is a blanket with some weight in it. This weight usually comes from small beads or plastic pellets that are evenly distributed throughout the cloth and sewn into the cover. It has been shown to produce various benefits for people who suffer from insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, etc. Some mothers have said they find other blankets can make their child feel too hot at night! It is a genuine concern – but are all weighted blankets the same!

So back to the question – do Weighted Blankets Make You Hot?

Some weighted blankets do cause extra heat. But not ours.
The non-toxic micro glass beads inside a snoozzzy weighted blanket do not retain heat and so the blanket adds very little additional warmth but still stay cosy and comforting.

When the weather is exceptionally hot, or if the user is typically a warmer person and might be inclined to sleep with less bedding there is no reason why the snoozzzy weighted blanket can’t be slept under on it’s own. Typically speaking due to the nature of the weighted blanket, and the low levels of warmth they offer, they are usually used with regular duvets or covers.

What are the cons of a weighted blanket?

Although the benefits of a weighted blanket usually far outweigh the cons there are a couple of things to consider when choosing a weighted blanket.

Not all weighted blankets are easy to wash- snoozzzy weighted blankets and their removable covers are all fully machine washable. It is quite common for a weighted blanket to take a few nights or a week for the user to get accustomed to the weight and for it to have its full effect.

That is one of the reasons why the snoozzzy weighted blankets are covered by a 60day guarantee so you have a chance to see if it is right for you, and if not simply send it back for a full refund! Due to the weight of a weighted blanket, they can be a little difficult to travel with. If you know there is a long journey ahead a weighted lap pad can make a great alternative whilst you are away from home.

When should you not use a weighted blanket?

Weighted blankets have gained a lot of popularity in recent years and are now more popular than ever for children with sensory processing disorders. But when should you not use a weighted blanket?

One time to avoid using the blanket would be if someone has an injury that limits their range of motion. The weight could cause discomfort or even more pain. Another time not to use it is if your child is experiencing sickness or any illness.

If your child has sleep apnea, breathing problems, or any chronic health condition, please check with your doctor before you use a weighted blanket for your child.

If the child can not move the blanket off of themselves easily or it feels like a restraint then it should not be used.

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