Your sister-in-law swears it helped her toddler stop sneaking into her bed every morning. Your neighbor got one for each of her three kids, and they sleep like rocks. The parenting world is buzzing about weighted blankets and how they can help with an impressive list of issues, mostly sleep-related. But is this trend worth trying? (Eight hours of uninterrupted sleep does sound nice.)
Think of a weighted blanket as a genius hybrid of a swaddle and down comforter. Small pellets (typically made of plastic or glass) are sewn into the filling, giving the blanket its heft and the user the feeling of a comforting embrace. The idea is this: You don’t hug a weighted blanket, it hugs you. Weighted blankets are the at-home treatment du jour for a whole host of pediatric problems, ranging from insomnia and ADHD to autism, anxiety and sleep disorders. Parents also cite their effectiveness for everyday woes like temper tantrums (ooh, we do need one).
Read on and check out our top picks for the weighted blankets best suited for your young one.