My almost 4-year-old recently started waking up in the middle of the night for seemingly no good reason, and it was starting to take a toll on both of our moods.
I never knew when it would happen—sometimes midnight, sometimes 4 am—but every night I would hear the tell-tale scream for me to come lay beside him, or my door being knocked wide open (seemingly by a 400-pound gorilla) as he stomped in and burrowed himself deep under my covers, promptly falling back asleep while I tossed and turned for the rest of the night.
We needed a solution. And fast.
Enter: the weighted blanket. I recently started sleeping with one and it made such a difference. I hoped it would work on my son, too. And oh, it did.
The first night he slept with it we put him to bed at his normal 7 pm bedtime, and he didn't wake up until 7:30 the next morning. (YASSSS.) The "hug" of the weight helped him sleep soundly, plus it had the added benefit of not being able to be easily kicked off. My son moves all over when he sleeps, and he often wakes up with no covers shivering. Win. Win. Win.
The recommendation is to choose a blanket that is 7-12% of your body weight, so since my son is about 35 pounds, we got him the lightest one that comes in at 5 pounds. For parents wondering if it's safe to use a weighted blanket for your kids, I checked in with our Digital Education Editor and midwife, Diana Spalding.
She said, "No blankets of any kind should be used with children under the age of one because they can pose safety risks related to SIDS. Beyond the age of one, it's important to talk to your child's pediatrician prior to using a weighted blanket to make sure it's safe for your child and their specific needs."
If you click through the pictures on Amazon, the manufacturer includes a chart to help you figure out the weight of the blanket you should order for your little one. I also love that it's 100% natural cotton, making it soft and breathable.