Weighted blankets are the ultimate snuggle companion for kids (and adults) with anxiety, insomnia, sensory issues and more. The blankets are filled with beads or poly-pellets to apply gentle pressure on the body, triggering a calming reaction in the brain. And they’re becoming increasingly popular with people of all ages, thanks to research showing that the weighted blankets can help you sleep better and reduce anxiety.
Therapists we talked to recommend a blanket best-weighted blanket that weighs 10% of your body weight. However, you’ll also want to consider other factors, like whether or not you want a cooling option and how you feel about the texture of the blanket. Some are smooth and soft, while others have a more clunkier, clicky feel, which can make them more or less comfortable.
You’ll find that weighted blankets are typically filled with glass or plastic beads; grains, beans, sand and pebbles; or have no filling at all and get their weight from the hefty fabric alone. Whatever the material, it’s important to find a blanket that has evenly distributed filling so that you can get all the benefits of the blanket without feeling like you’re being crushed under it. We’ve also found that the blanket should have quilted squares or some other way of keeping the filling in place; if it shifts, it won’t work as well.
While the fabric and size are both important considerations, the blanket’s weight is the most critical factor for a kid who wants to use it for relaxation. We found many options that are too heavy for kids, but we’ve also found ones that are just right. Some of our top picks are based on what therapists and parents love, but keep in mind that kids should always be under adult supervision when using a weighted blanket.
Designed for sleep, but also great for relaxing during the day, this blanket comes in several sizes and weights. It’s made from 100% cotton and uses glass beads that are breathable. This makes it cooler than some other weighted blankets, which can be a big deal for kids who tend to overheat. Former Strategist writer Chloe Anello loves how durable this blanket is: It has held up for four years of constant use, and still looks new. It’s only spot clean, though, so you’ll need to have a plan for washing it in case of a spill or other accident.
This plush blanket is an Amazon best seller with thousands of five-star reviews. It has a soft velvet-feel cover and is quilted for even weight distribution. And it’s non-toxic and hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for a sensitive sleeper.
This blanket is a winner because it offers so many customizable options, from fabrics and monogramming to the weight itself. It’s made from bamboo-viscose, a breathable fabric that repels odors and allergens, which is why it’s also the favorite of many of our sleep specialists. And it’s available in two weights to suit different ages and body types.