Wouldn't it be great if a blanket could solve restless sleep for your little one, especially after they climb out of bed for the twelfth time that night? Well, there's a solution and its' all thanks to a kid's weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets for kids are a great way to help them settle quickly and to encourage a good night's sleep, which in turn is also a win for mum and dad.
A kid's weighted blanket simulates the feeling of a hug, which has the potential for them to be especially comforting for children with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.
With a number of benefits to a weighted blanket, research has shown that they help to reduce restless leg syndrome, control body temperature, and can even soothe symptoms of anxiety. The best thing is, they also come in adult sizes, too.
How to choose the best weighted blankets for kids?
With so many different kids weighted blankets to choose from, it can be hard to weigh up all the pros and cons for each one.
That's why experts here at Mother&Baby have done all the hard work for you. Here are all the things you need to know when selecting the best weighted blankets for kids:
Weight: When buying a weighted blanket for your little one, you need to pick the weight based on their body weight. Not only will this ensure that your child gets the best benefit from the product, but it'll also mean it's not big or small for them to use. Top tip: this shouldn't weigh 10 per cent more than your child's body weight.
Material: The most common materials used are microfibre beads, sand or grains. However, you want this product to have a calming effect on your child, so make sure it's material that doesn't make them feel uncomfortable.
Price: Children's weighted blankets can set you back anywhere from £10 to £100 - not sure whether to part with more cash? Take the pros and cons into perspective.
Medical concerns: Not sure if your child should be using a weighted blanket? Speak to a medical professional before buying. You should never use a weighted blanket if your little one suffers from epilepsy, cardiac problems, respiratory problems, circulatory disorders including type 2 diabetes, serious hypotonia, and physical, learning, or other difficulties where they're unable to remove the blanket independently.
Further tips: Do not use overnight as adult supervision is recommended. Do not use any longer than 20 minutes, kids must not roll up in the blanket and your child's neck or head should never be covered.
The best weighted blankets for kids 2022:
You'll find that there's a blanket for every budget. Here are the best kids weighted blankets in 2022 that will help the little ones have a cosy night's sleep.
Viceroy Bedding Weighted Blanket
Is your little girl or boy struggling to sleep through the night? The Viceroy weighted blanket might be the answer. Not only will this number help your child get to sleep, but it will also make them feel safe and comforted during the day.
Pros: Made from 100 per cent cotton, stars or unicorn design to choose from
Cons: Can be too heavy if bought for the wrong size
Review: "My daughter is 4-years-old and has multiple medical, physical and special needs. Her anxiety and aggression bounce of each other and can create one hell of a time for everyone. She has nightmares and general trouble sleeping. I got this during the COVID-19 pandemic, her life had been turned upside down, she was stuck inside so was anxious and aggressive in a massive way. I bought this as a last resort, she is only 14kg, but I got the 4.5kg as she likes a tight hug and she is a small child. The blanket is quite heavy, but within the first 10 mins of using this blanket, she was calm and even after coming out from under the blanket for the rest of the day she was so much calmer and easier to handle. That night she slept through, no nightmares, no kicking out, no screaming and no waking up - nothing for the first time in ages."
Silentnight Kids Weighted Blanket
Instead of encouraging your little one to count sheep, it's time to introduce a weighted blanket into their bedtime routine. Whether they're having trouble drifting off or experiencing nightmares, this blanket will help make them feel calm and relaxed. Remember, weighted blankets should only be used with supervision, and therefore are not safe to use throughout the night.
Pros: Made for kids, 12-month manufacturer guarantee, encourages restful sleep
Cons: Only available in 3kg
Review: "This is used by my 11-year-old daughter. She was previously still awake past 11.30pm. With this, her sleep has gradually improved and is now asleep within 20 mins of lights off. I would recommend giving this a go."
John Lewis Magical Unicorn Weighted Blanket, 2kg
This Magical Unicorn blanket is designed to help reduce restlessness and aid relaxation with a reassuring cosy feel. It features a lovely print on the front, complete with colourful rainbows and a plain soft plush on the reverse side. And who doesn't love unicorns, right?
Pros: Fun design for children, made from cotton and soft plush
Cons: Only available in 2kg
Review: "This weighted blanket is a lovely quality and the design and super soft backing make it a very comforting blanket. It is weighted without feeling too heavy. We've used it as a comforting end of the day blanket for quiet time and it folds away nicely between uses."
Paw Patrol Pups Weighted Blanket
Any child over the age of three that loves watching Ryder on rescue missions will feel safe and calm under this pressure stimulation blanket. We'd recommend only using this for no longer than 20 minutes at a time.
Pros: Fun design for children, made from cotton and polyester plush
Cons: Spot clean only, only available in 2kg
Review: "Perfect for my 3yr old boy who loves paw patrol and has helped him have a better night sleep since we bought it."
Rest Easy Sleep Better Star Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets aren't just for sleeping. Get your child familiar with this item and incorporate it during playtime or while watching their favourite film on the sofa.
Pros: Simulates a hug, hypoallergenic and non-toxic, endorsed by Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic
Cons: Not suitable for children under 3-years-old
Review: "Really lovely blanket, cute but neutral design with a super soft, micro plush material on the reverse side. Good size and weight for a child, my seven-year-old son loves it. I got him the 3kg version, so it lasts longer. Reasonably priced too for a weighted blanket compared to other brands. Hoping this helps to calm him down for bedtime!
Mela Weighted Blanket
Each blanket comes in a single size with weights ranging from 2kg to 4kg. The child's age and size will determine which blanket is best. All blankets are 100 per cent cotton, filled with anti-rustle and hypoallergenic pellets that evenly distribute weight. Not only is this the perfect way to comfort young children, but it's super soft and reversible too.
Pros: Easy to wash, excellent quality
Review: "Amazing! My little boy who struggled to get to sleep now gets in his bed and within five minutes is fast asleep. He says it’s like a big hug and loves how soft it is. Great quality. Hugely recommended!"
Animal Paradise Natural Cotton Heavy Blanket
Made from 100 per cent cotton, this heavy blanket provides temperature control and breathability to help keep children cool and comfortable when falling asleep. The blanket offers the perfect weight distribution to simulate a hug and prevents little ones from losing their covers. Pros: Two sizes/weights, a range of designs and the material is environment-friendly
Cons: Reports of issues with stitching
Review: "Bought this for my three-year-old grandson who has autism as he couldn't get off to sleep easily. My daughter had tried everything - pillow sprays etc. He's only had this blanket for two nights and so far so good. He's relaxed and asleep in 20 minutes - once he's asleep, she takes it off him. She'll also use it during the day if he's frustrated, he loves this blanket."
Junior Weighted Blanket
The Junior Weighted Blanket is intended to help settle your kids down for a calm and peaceful sleep. Available in both 3 kg and 5 kg options, the evenly distributed weight has been proven to help children self soothe. It's filled with non-toxic glass beads, and it's also hypoallergenic.
Pros: Comes in 3 colour choices. The blankets are suitable for 3-year-olds to 12-year-olds, depending on weight
Cons: Could run on the short side
Review: "Just got this for daughter who experiences a little anxiety around bed time and at 9 still sleeps with us a lot. She loves it and seems to be sleeping better at night. It really seems to help with her when she wakes up at night."
Jaymag Weighted Blanket
This weighted sensory blanket has a calming effect on little and big kids, helping them to feel settled and secure when they're sleeping. The cotton blanket is hypo-allergenic and even helps to control body temperature. It comes in a variety of different sizes from a weight of 5kg right up to 13kg. As well as helping kids get to sleep, this can have a calming effect on children with ADHD, autism and settling those who struggle with anxiety and insomnia.
Pros: Ideal for older children or teenagers, well made, good value for money
Cons: Smaller than expected
Review: "I bought this for a family member who suffers from anxiety and insomnia. He uses this product all the time. When it arrives folded in its bag you feel the weight. He uses it when relaxing when suffering anxiety etc. Wraps around him when sitting and wraps in it for sleeping. He describes it as someone giving him a firm comforting hug. For several nights he has slept better and has generally been more relaxed. If this blanket ever wears out, I will be buying another."
Snoozzzy Kids Weighted Blanket with Dinosaur Cover
This super-soft blanket provides a deep pressure touch stimulation without kids feeling restricted. The comfortable pressure of the blanket helps the body to produce chemicals so that they feel naturally relaxed and calm, ready for a good nights sleep. It even comes with a little snuggly owl.
Pros: Available in a range of designs, good for children over the age of five, soft to touch
Cons: Expensive, need to ensure the integral loops keep the weighted inner secure
Review: "We love our Snoozzzy, it is so lovely and the material is so soft and so cuddly! The unicorn print makes this blanket interesting for my daughter - she loves looking at all the detail! I ordered the blanket last night and it arrived this afternoon. So far, my daughter has fallen in love with Snoozzzy the owl 🦉 (who is super adorable and cuddly), we have been using the blanket for a few nights now, and we're noticing improvements in her sleep while she uses the blanket. You can tell she feels secure, it's like she’s being hugged all night! I would 100 per cent recommend Snoozzzy, there are so many weighted blankets out there, but the Snoozzzy is by far the prettiest and the quality is just amazing so look no further! 🦄💕."
Children's Weighted Blanket Grey Cloud
In a dreamy cloud print, this weighted. blanket will soon have your little one floating away to dream land. This weighted blanket comes in 3 weights, 1.5kg, 2kg and 3kg. Perfect for nap times, movie nights or getting your child settled for bed. It also comes beautifully presented in a box, and with the option to personalise, it could also make a lovely gift.
Pros: Can be personalised and comes with a free travel bag and blanket cover
Review: "It’s so amazing really helped my toddler sleep well and it’s a very high quality blanket would highly recommend it!!"
Soporis Deluxe Weighted Blanket for Kids
Help your kiddo doze off faster and sleep through the night with the Soporis weighted blanket. Uniquely containing tiny glass pearls on the inside, this blanket creates a gentle pressure all over your little one's body to help them relax and ease off into sleep. It contains eight loop ties for stability, has a removable cover, and is totally hypoallergenic.
Pros: Machine-washable, hypoallergenic, made of 100 per cent breathable cotton
Cons: A little on the small side
Review: "I hardly ever write reviews but this has been great, my son always sleeps poorly, he gets very hot but likes the weight of a few blankets or heavy duvet. I thought this may help him settle in the night without being too warm, he absolutely loves it, he said it feels like I’m giving him a big hug even when I’m not in bed with him. I would never usually spend this much on a blanket but I’m glad I did, definitely worth the money."
How to wash a weighted blanket?
In general, weighted blankets should be washed using a cool setting with gentle detergents. However, each blanket may have special care instructions, so be sure to check the label beforehand.
If your blanket is over 10kg, we recommend taking it to a professional dry cleaner to avoid damage to your washing machine.