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Weighted Blankets: 13 Stores to Choose From

What Is a Weighted Blanket?

A weighted blanket is a blanket that is heavier than your standard blanket. Weighted blankets usually range from four to 25 pounds

How Do Weighted Blankets Help?

A weighted blanket provides pressure and sensory input for individuals with autism and other disorders.

A weighted blanket can be used as a calming tool or for sleep. The pressure of the blanket provides proprioceptive input to the brain and releases a hormone called serotonin which is a calming chemical in the body. A weighted blanket calms and relaxes a person similar to the way a hug or Temple Grandin’s Squeeze machine does.

Where Can I Find a Weighted Blanket?

Unfortunately, picking up a weighted blanket is not as easy as heading out to your local department store. Chances are you will get a blank stare and a shrug of the shoulders.

Here are 13 online stores and marketplaces that sell weighted blankets.

Have you purchased a weighted blanket from any of these web-stores? Do you have a site to add? Let us know in the comments.

Marketplaces

In this section you will find marketplaces that have vendors selling weighted blankets.

  1. Amazon Weighted BlanketsAmazon
    Amazon lists a number of weighted blankets from various vendors. When purchasing through Amazon.com, you have the additional security of knowing that the vendors listed are generally reliable and quick to fulfill their orders.
  2. Etsy Weighted BlanketsEtsy
    Etsy is a marketplace full of the best handmade goods, including weighted blankets. With the Etsy Marketplace, you have the ability to choose from a number of different patterns, order a custom-made weighted blanket, and view seller feedback.
  3. ebay Weighted BlanketsEbay
    The obvious advantage to Ebay is price. Look for a seller whose child has outgrown their weighted blanket and is willing to sell at a discount. You can find new weighted blankets at discounted prices on Ebay as well.

Therapy Stores

Check out these therapy shops and special needs stores that sell weighted blankets.

  1. Fun and Function Weighted BlanketsFun and Function
    Fun and Function offers weighted blankets ranging in price from $80-$150. In addition, they offer weighed accessories like slipcovers, vests and more.
  2. especialneeds weighted blanketse-Special Needs
    e-Special Needs offers a number of weighted blankets, pillows, and vests. They offer free shipping on all orders over $100. For school, check out their weighted lap pad.
  3. National Autism Resources Weighted BlanketNational Autism Resources
    An online store selling all things autism-related — including the Sleep Tight weighted blanket that was recently featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
  4. Therapy Shoppe Weighted BlanketTherapy Shoppe
    The Therapy Shoppe offers weighted blankets that are priced between $100 and $200. The Therapy Shoppe also offers scented blankets with just the right blend of self-regulating herbs and spices: lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, and cloves.
  5. Therapro
    The catalog of speech and occupational therapy supplies includes a bed-sized and a portable weighted blanket among its offerings.

Dedicated Blanket Sites

These stores are websites dedicated exclusivity to weighted blankets and related items.

  1. mosaic weighted blanketMosaic Weighted Blanket
    Miracle Weighted Blankets offers blankets in cotton and minky fabrics, as well as other weighted and sensory products.
  2. Sensa Calm Weighted BlanketSensaCalm
    On the SensaCalm site, you can order weighted blankets, wraps, lap pads, and gear, plus sensory toys and accessories.
  3. Harkla
    Harkla offers a blanket in two weights, plus a lap pad, body sock, and hanging swing.
  4. Peace Filled BlanketPeace Weighted Products
    Peace Weighted Products include blankets, shirts, neck wraps, lap pads, and plush animals.
  5. Salt of the Earth
    Salt of the Earth lets you build a weighted blanket in a variety of sizes and weights.

Make Your Own Weighted Blanket

If you have some time on your hands you may want to consider saving yourself some money and making your own.
Here are a few places that give you instructions on how to make a weighted blanket.

  1. Craft Nectar
  2. The Squishy Pickles
  3. eHow
  4. Crafting my way through motherhood

Good Luck!

Tzvi

Written on February 13, 2012 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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