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14 days ago

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ASD & Sleep!! What’s everyone thoughts on weighted blankets?

I’m thinking about getting my daughter baileigh a weighted blanket. To hopefully help with her sleep lasting long. She used to fall asleep in bed with me, then I’d carry her to bed and she would sleep the night through and wake up around 6-7am, but now we are struggling with nightmares & just sleeping through in general, our first wake up can be as soon at 2hrs after she’s gone to sleep.
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13 days ago

My kiddo is hit and Miss with hers. She’s a sensory avoider but does like a good squish sometimes. I bought one for myself last year and I LOVE it! I get sciatica and restless leg syndrome and have found it so helpful.

13 days ago

My girl loves it! Hardly sleeps without it now. She’s always wanted weight (like doona in 40* summer kind of thing) for sleep so the weight blanket was a great option. Now I use one too when anxiety flares up

13 days ago

My daughter is 6 and i bought her a weighted blanket from big w, she asks for it every night because it makes her feel safer (she also suffers from nightmares). Her special interest in pooh bear and i recently found a weighted pooh bear toy at target which she also loves. The lycra sheets are also brilliant but so hard to get on the bed and if you put a doona or something on top for the cooler weather they just slide straight off... but overall a very good experience with them.

13 days ago

If you have an OT have a chat with them as we were deterred against weighted blankets and weighted vests when my son was younger. Have you looked at compression sheets? As they can have the same affect. I have one I'm no longer using and it is for a single bed as my son now has a queen. I'm happy to post it to you so you can trial that if you want?

14 days ago

Personally, I have had success with my son using a weighted item. We use door snakes over the shoulders or holding a weighted toys to calm down. Rule of thumb I have been told is no more that 10% of the person's body weight and not more that 2hours of use. When my son was in kindy they weren't allowed to use weighted items for more than a certain timframe as it is considered a restrictive practice and children couldn't be left unsupervised when using a weighted item. What I found did also work for a while was a Lycra bed sock, it gave him the compression feeling that he needed while still being light and breathable.

14 days ago

ASD & Sleep!! What’s everyone thoughts on weighted blankets?
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