Weighted blanket for 2 year old?

posted 1 week ago in Parenting
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - River Museum & Aquarium

I wouldn’t necessarily use one as a comforter, they can be really insulating/warm. They are best used for relaxing, winding down, and reducing anxiety or over stimulation. 

I think they can be helpful for the intended purposes. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

No advice, following because I’m currently convinced my 17 month old will need sleep sacks forever and be an adult who can’t sleep the right way in a bed. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’d be nervous about it, like that it would be too heavy for a 2 year old and would suffocate her..

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Washingtonian :  A person needs to follow certain guidelines for weighted blankets, and that is typically 10% of the user’s weight plus a pound, possibly more for a large blanket that covers the entire bed (as less of the weight would actually be on the user). They are commonly used both for sleep and general calming for autistic and other special needs children, but many parents report better sleep for neuro-typical children with them as well. Many adults sleep with multiple blankets, which mimics the effect of a weighted blanket. I imagine it can’t hurt to try.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

echomomm :  I had a weighted blanket that weighed less than what was recommended.  I felt suffocated by it.  I also know my daugther doesn’t keep any of her blankets on her at night.  OP is trying to get her child to sleep better, no mention of any issues.  Personally, I woudln’t feel comfortable with it.  

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Washingtonian :  I didn’t mean to dismiss your concerns or your experience, as everyone is different. I can absolutely see how a weighted blanket could feel suffocating for some people. 

I was just trying to say that as long as the guidelines are followed, it should not actually harm a child. If the child is uncomfortable with the blanket or does not keep it on, then I definitely would not continue to use one, but trying one should not create any actual damage. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

weddingbliss1028 :  my experience was three nights straight of nightmares before getting used to it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It’s stuffed in the back of my spare closet now.

What about a cute printed character comforter? Like dinosaur bed in a bag or paw patrol/unicorns type of thing 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

weddingbliss1028 :  not to take this off track, but did he sleep on a bed/floor mattress in his sleep sack, or is he still in a crib?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

Occasional night waking is developmentally typical.

 

Weighted blankets should not be used with toddlers, must be independently removable by the child, can never be used with children with breathing challenges (e.g. asthma or congestion from a head cold), and need to be removed once the child falls asleep.  Too little is currently known about the safety risks in various populations for the blankets’ current commercial availability.  There have been cases of children dying while using weighted blankets.  Not many, mind you, but it has happened at least twice.  Please err on the side of caution.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - City, State

I am a weighted blanket owner, I have a green one that fits a full size bed (rpobably too big and heavy for your two year old). Usually the guideline is that the blanket should be light enough for your child to remove it at will and change sleeping positions easily, blankets should never be used as a restraint, some school districts downstate where I live got in trouble for using too heavy weighted blankets and forcing the children to use them when they were having a meltdown.

I had this blanket for over six years and I will say, it is a pain to wash, I have to take it to the laundromat and put it in those industrial washers every year or so so it doesn’t start stinking, but that is because my blanket is too big and heavy for my washer, you might be able to get away with a regular washer if it is a blanket for a two year old. I noticed you mentioned potty training so this is especially important if you can wash it easily because it costs me ten dollars a pop to wash mine

Also, another thing, make sure the blanket is durable because my blanket has recently been leaking (probably because it is so old) and the beads have been coming out of it which means hundreds of tiny beads on the floor which dig into your feet that are annoying to clean up.

What I like about weighted blankets though is that I have always been a person who has slept with multiple blankets and in the summer, I have always gotten overheated, with my weighted blanket which is made out of breathable material, I have the weight and I am not overheated as much, obviously this also depends on the material your blanket is made of too so keep in mind of that. My fiance hates my weighted blanket and that is another reason why we sleep in separate beds

 

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