How To Use a Weighted Blanket And What Should Be Noted

When you get a weighted blanket, do you know how to use a weighted blanket?How to wash them, to the elderly or children should pay attention to what problems?


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If your blanket arrives in cold weather, the blanket will likely be very cold, the pellets inside will take a while to warm back up.  You can also toss it in the dryer a few minutes to warm it up before using on someone that would be sensitive to the temperature.


We don’t pre-wash the blankets, so if your child has allergies, you may want to wash before using.  You may see some residue from the chalk we use to mark sewing lines on the fabric, it normally washes right out with first wash, but if you have trouble, use spray and wash directly on the lines.


How to use your new weighted blanket with a child…..


Some children absolutely love their weighted blankets immediately, but of course with kids you can never predict these things!


If your child does not seem interested at first don’t insist, but introduce the blanket again later.


Repetition is the key for children that do not at first take to the weighted blanket.  Children with autism especially like “routine” so keep at it until they accept the blanket is part of the regular routine of sleeping, riding in the car, etc.


Good times to use a weighted blanket or lap pad:


        for sleeping


        in the car


        at the doctor or dentist


        at school


        any time your child is upset, anxious, or over stimulated


WASHING INSTRUCTIONS


100% cotton blankets:


Machine wash separately in warm or cold water. Tumble dry low/medium . Do not iron. Do not microwave. Do not dry clean. If your blanket has very bright or dark colors that might run, wash the first time in cold water with 1 cup of salt to set the colors.


Waterproof Blankets:


Machine wash warm or hot


Dry low (NEVER ON HIGH)


Do not iron


Do not dry clean


No bleach, vinegar, or oxy-type products


Weighted Blankets:


Machine wash cold with detergent, but NO Fabric Softener!  Tumble dry on low heat or air fluff.  If you would rather not use the dryer you can hang to dry.  Remember - do not use fabric softener!


IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS WASH WEIGHTED ITEMS ALONE, SO THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO CATCH AND TEAR OR DAMAGE IT.


Also regularly check it for any damage before and after washing.


If you have an old top loading machine with agitator, a weighted blanket will probably throw it out of balance.  You can try, but I would not recommend washing a blanket over 10 lbs in one.


A really large, heavy weighted blanket can always be done in a laundromat front loader.


For flannel, use fabric softener or 1 cup white vinegar in the rinse water to soften flannel and help remove pilling.  (we don’t recommend flannel, it does not wear well)


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION PLEASE READ


Weighted blankets and other weighted items should be used with care. User should be able to remove the blanket at will and without assistance. If the user has disabilities of any kind, the guardian will need to decide if and when they can safely use weighted items without risk.  NEVER, EVER USE A WEIGHTED BLANKET AS A FORM OF PUNISHMENT OR RESTRAINT.


1-3 yrs of age:


The poly pellets used for weight are small and round, a possible choking hazard for children under 3.


We take extra precautions to prevent the pellets from being accessible, but you must also be vigilant to check for damage often, and never let your child use a damaged weighted item.  A good time to check it fully is before and after putting in the washing machine.  We also recommend you supervise children under 3 yrs of age during use.


Special Needs/Disabilities


Because each person is different, and abilities can be so varied, it is up to the parent or guardian to decide if the user can safely use a weighted item without risk to their safety.  They should be able to remove the blanket at will, and to uncover their face or head if it became covered by accident.  Can they extricate themselves if they become entangled in their  blankets?  (this is also why we recommend that blankets are made to fit the body, not the bed)


If they damaged the blanket and caused the poly pellets to come out would they put the poly pellets in their mouth? (they are non-toxic and hypoallergenic, but small, and could be a choking hazard)  Always err on the side of caution.


3 and up:


We take extra precautions to prevent the pellets from being accessible, but you must also be vigilant to check for damage often, and never let your child use a damaged weighted item.  A good time to check it fully is before and after putting in the washing machine.  Your child may sleep with the item as long as they can remove it on their own.


The Elderly:


We have found the elderly tend to like the smaller items, and less weight than we have on our sample weight charts.  Especially in the presence of Dementia and Alzheimer's, they can be intimidated by the blanket size items.  Make sure a blanket is not heavy enough to impede respiration and that the person is able to remove it at will.


We would recommend a small blanket without polyfil stuffing to use as a lap blanket, or a wrap that can be used in a wheelchair as a lap pad, shoulder wrap, or even to lay over the legs when resting.


Weight blankets have become popular in many places. Many people are experimenting with the weighted blankets business, and many are making a lot of money.As a weighted blanket manufacturer from mainland China, we provide mass customization.


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