We can’t celebrate the boys without mentioning Autism. It’s not what defines them by any means, but it is definitely a big part of our daily lives. I wanted to make sure we had a few things in this giveaway event that would be appreciated by the Autism community.
In our Autism journey, we have had many people along the way tell us that we should really get a weighted blanket. A weighted blanket? What is a weighted blanket going to to do? We were a bit skeptical when we first heard of this.
Soon we were hearing about weighted toys and lap pads and we thought maybe there was something to this whole weighted “thing”. Our boys are both sensory seekers and they need a lot of input to calm down. A LOT of input.
On the first day of OT this fall, Lincoln was outfitted with an abdominal binder and some weights around his ankles which resulted in him sitting and playing and paying attention and attending…we knew they were on to something with this weighted blanket thing.
This is a simple explanation as to why weighted blankets work:
How does The Magic Blanket work?
Weighted blankets, like The Magic Blanket™ , have shown to generate proprioceptive input
on our bodies. For many people, this input causes the brain to release neurotransmitters like
serotonin, dopamine, among others. These neurotransmitters released by the brain have
naturally calming effects, which have proven to be benefitial for people experiencing sensory
integration disorder, anxiety, stress, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and Rett Syndrome. ~ from The Magic Blanket
We started checking out websites that sold them and were astonished at the prices- they can be very expensive. If we found one that was more in our price range we often found they were made with materials that were not washable. Our boys will be three, they make lots of messes and are getting to the stage where they think it’s awesome to take off their pants during naptime- a washable blanket was a MUST!
When we got the opportunity to try out a weighted Magic Blanket at our house we were so excited. They have fabrics ranging from cotton and fleece to soft chenille and minky in a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from. The have lots of sizes to choose from to- from the 4 pound “mini” all the way up to an 18 pound twin.
We chose a simple 6 pound blue flannel blanket. It is so soft and cozy (and bigger than I expected!) with a really nice heft to it. For as big as it is you wouldn’t think you would notice the weight as much but you really do. The best part? It’s completely washable thanks to a filling of polystyrene pellets!
We have slowly been introducing The Magic Blanket at bedtime and when we are reading stories on the couch. It’s taking a little bit of getting used to. The boys tolerate it for a little bit but ultimately end up on top of it at some point during the night (they are movers). If I get a chance (and the blanket is not wedged under a 30 pound toddler) I sneak back in once they are asleep and cover them up and I truly think it helps their sleep- especially at naptime.
The Magic Blanket is generously giving away a weighted Magic Blanket up to twin-size to one of my readers during the Birthday to Black Friday event November 12th-25th. This is so exciting for me because I know this is one of those items that you can’t always afford to just go out and buy. So please- if you have a friend or neighbor or know anyone with a loved one who might benefit from this wonderful sensory product- send them over so they can enter!
Disclosure: I was provided a product to review. All opinions are my own.