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The Magic Blanket {A Review}

Posted: November 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Reviews and Giveaways | Tags: Autism, Birthday to Black Friday, Sensory, SPD, The Magic Blanket, Weighted Blanket | 6 Comments »

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!

Weighted Blanket giveaway

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.

Birthday to Black Friday

 

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6 Comments on “The Magic Blanket {A Review}”

  1. 1 leah said at 11:35 am on November 8th, 2011:

    That sounds awesome!

  2. 2 Ann said at 1:40 am on November 15th, 2011:

    What a GREAT giveaway!!

  3. 3 Julie Lundstrom said at 4:25 pm on November 18th, 2011:

    This is a wonderful giveaway. New to your site so not sure how to enter this giveaway. My son is 10 and has low functioning ASD. My OT therapists use this blanket to help calm him on things that are hard for him and when he stressed out with high anixiety. It calms them. I would love to have one of these to calm him when life gets to stressful and hard for him. He has high sensory issues and only eats one thing and drinks one thing. I hook him up to a feeding machine 24 hours a day to keep him alive. This could help us during hard times. Julie Lundstrom at julielundstrom@yahoo.com . I am following you on GFC.

  4. 4 Julie Lundstrom said at 4:27 pm on November 18th, 2011:

    I liked you on facebook too. Thank you Julie Lundstrom

  5. 5 Sensory Goods said at 11:42 pm on February 20th, 2012:

    Hi, I must say that your review is very informational and well put together. Also, having children with Autism we understand the cost and durability issues with Weighted Blankets on the market. However, I would like to ask you to review our Weighted Blankets at Sensory Goods ( http://www.sensorygoods.com/weightedproducts.aspx ). We offer a soft, comfortable, durable, washable, and safe blanket at very low cost. Just to give you a reference in price, our four pound blanket only cost $54.49. Also, we offer over 150 different pattern and color options. One final thing about our blankets, the weighting material is designed inside the blanket making it appear as just another normal blanket (Not Quilted on the Outside). We truly appreciate your time as well as your insight on such an important topic. Sensory Goods Family!

  6. 6 Gina said at 1:10 pm on October 2nd, 2014:

    My son is almost 3 years old. Recently diagnosed with autism. His OT strongly recommended a twin size weighted blanket during our 1st session today. We have to address his sensory first. If you have any information as to how I can get an affordable one, please contact me.

    Single mom & no child support at all for my son. Thanks.


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