Weighted Filling: Micro Glass Beads or Plastic Poly Pellets.
What weighted filling should I choose? We offer both choices to provide the best product for your needs. Plastic poly pellets are a larger sized bead (5mm approx) and are great for lighter weights to fill a larger sized blanket. Plastic poly pellets also work well in our weighted lap cushions to give the cushion a lovely rounded form. Micro glass beads are a much finer filling option (1-2mm approx), similar to the consistency of sand. Glass beads are a great option to weight heavier blankets without the added bulk that plastic pellets have and enable us to add additional weight into a smaller item. Micro glass beads are also a much quieter option (less rustling when moving), which often makes this a better choice for weighted blankets that will be used to help sleep.
What weight should I choose?
The recommended weight for a weighted lap blanket is approximately 10% of the individuals body weight. This can also vary depending on the individuals sensory needs and preferences, as some people may prefer a much heavier or lighter feeling.
*A good rule to keep in mind is that a weighted lap blanket needs to be heavy enough to provide therapeutic benefits but light enough that the individual can remove it - so it mostly is all about individual preference!
How do Weighted Lap Blankets work and what are the benefits?
Weighted Lap Blankets are used by placing them on the individuals lap whilst sitting (either at home, school or work station) and can also be used whilst laying down and placing the blanket across the chest, stomach or back to alleviate anxiety. They are also a great sized sensory tool for travelling and as a more portable option that can be carried around easily.
Similar to our weighted blankets, the weighted pressure acts as a type of deep touch pressure therapy that stimulates the proprioceptive sense to help the nervous system relax. The weighted lap acts as a physical and psychological 'grounding' mechanism that calms the body and mind. The visual and tactile sensory input (i.e. colourful and furry textures!) offer similar benefits to our fidget toys, in that they enable the brain to self-organise and filter out distracting excess sensory information from the body and surrounding environment by redirecting focus to the the hands through tactile engagement.
Our weighted lap blankets can be especially helpful for individuals who find themselves uncomfortable and fidgety, children who are seen as 'wiggly' that can't keep still, and individuals who sometimes find it difficult to concentrate and get easily distracted. Make your brain happy with our Happy Senses Weighted Lap Blankets to improve cognitive functioning, self-organisation and regulation, and feel settled and centred in style with our luxurious range.
How do we make our weighted blankets?
All our weighted blankets are made with a double stitched insert, which is gridded up into small 10cm squares and filled with plastic poly pellets or micro glass beads to evenly distribute the weighted pressure across the entire blanket to ensure maximum therapeutic benefits with minimal movement. We then double stitch the weighted insert into a beautifully made double stitched cover, so that you don't have to see or feel the gridded stitching and can maximise the aesthetic appeal of our gorgeous designs and luxurious textures.
Spot clean or gentle hand wash entire blanket in cold soapy water. Lay flat outside to air-dry in shade or line dry.