Choosing the right weighted blanket is not always a tricky or overwhelming task. But you may need to consider a few factors and fact checks. So you have come to the right blog post if you were wondering, "what size blanket do I need?" The general rule for a weighted blanket calculator says to choose the one that is 10% of your body weight. Although that is correct most of the time, it is still wise to know the facts and cross-check them.
The first thing you must consider is who the weighted blanket is intended for. Is it for an adult or a child? The second factor is the size of the bed that that person sleeps in during the night. A third and tertiary factor is whether you want a full size weighted blanket or throw size. We have divided the post into these three sections so that you can go ahead and read the one that applies to what you want.
Choosing a Weighted Blanket for a Kid
Many parents often wonder, "how heavy of a weighted blanket should I get for my kids?" The first thing you must do before choosing a weighted blanket for your child is to consult a professional medical therapist. Although a doctor's prescription is not required to buy a weighted blanket, it can be helpful to get their feedback on the weighted blanket weight guide for your kids.
Most of the safety studies and guidelines have been conducted and published for adults only. So there is a considerable lack of research data regarding the weight requirements of weighted blankets for children. However, occupational therapy experts have formulated guidelines that can be followed to make sure that it is safe to use a particular weighted blanket for your child.
One essential factor to consider while selecting a weighted blanket for a kid is to ignore the 10% rule. That is why at the Hush, we make a standard 5lb weighted blanket for kids. Several parents feel concerned that the weighted blanket is lighter than 10% of the body weight of their child.
Parents also feel worried that their child will outgrow the weighted blanket in a few years. But one factor to remember while buying a weighted blanket for kids is that less is more. Children can continue to use the Hush kids even when they weigh more than 50lb.
Using full-sized weighted blankets can not only be dangerous for kids, but it can also make them dislike the feeling. Moreover, putting an unnecessarily heavy blanket on your child can reduce their sensitivity to a weighted blanket. It will teach their body to crave for more weight than what is required, which might defeat the entire purpose of weighted blankets.
Choosing a Weighted Blanket for Adults
Adults can often feel confused by the weight and size factors of weighted blankets. They often ask, "what size weighted blanket do I need if I sleep in a queen-size bed alone?" Once again, if you are unsure, consult a medical professional or an occupational therapist for guidance and feedback.
The safety studies confirm that a person can sleep under a weighted blanket without causing any problems to their cardiovascular systems. Weight also depends on the size of the bed. For instance, a weighted blanket for a queen bed can weigh as much as 30lb while it can weigh 35lb for a king-sized bed and offer a nearly identical sleeping experience. Most people are happy with 15lb or 20lb weighted blankets for smaller twin beds and around 30lb to 35lb for king-sized beds.
Take a Test Run
Take as many blankets as you can and try sleeping under them. Take note of how much weight you feel comfortable under. Even if you ran out of blankets, it will give you an idea of how much additional weight you would want to add to that. But this exercise may not give you accurate results if you are a hot sleeper. Most hot sleepers stick to the 10% rule while buying our Hush Iced weighted blanket.
Make an Educated Estimate
Most adults feel happy with a 15lb or a 20lb weighted blanket. But what about the bed size? If you sleep alone in a king-sized bed, should you order our 30 lb Hush Classic or Hush Iced? While the bed size is a necessary factor to be considered, always remember that the weight rule is more important. If you weigh 135lb, it is not advisable to buy a 30lb or weighted blanket. In some cases, people should ignore bed size completely. For example, if you are using a weighted blanket in pregnancy, it should weigh close to 10% of your body weight. Using a heavier weighted blanket might not be safe for you while you are pregnant.
Other Factors to Consider
Most people think that the weight is not as important as the size, because they still only feel the weight of the portion of the weighted blanket that they are sleeping under. But they tend to forget that the entire weight of the weighted blanket would still pull them down. In fact, in some cases, the weighted blanket should ideally weigh less than 10% of their body weight. For example, a weighted blanket for a side sleeper will not be able to distribute the weight evenly throughout the body.
Choosing a Weighted Throw
Selecting a weighted throw blanket is relatively easier because it does not cover the entire body all the time, so it is not necessary to follow the 10% rule. That is why the Hush weighted throw comes in a standard 8lb weight. People often use Weighted throws to feel a sense of calm while they are awake. That is why the Hush Throw often gets mentioned for weighted blanket recommendations for kids that need special care.
The problem with most regular weighted blankets is that it often slides towards the floor and thereby leaving you exposed. Hush blankets are different and it solves this problem in a rather unique way. Hush weighted blankets are larger, which does two things. Firstly, they are big enough to go over the sides of the bed to prevent sliding to any one side. The larger size also gives you more blanket to sleep in. So you can wrap yourself comfortably with ample blanket real estate to play with.
You would also want to think about the cleaning of the weighted blanket. Blankets can get washed at home with gentle detergents that do not contain bleach. People should avoid fabric conditioners too. Several people also ask, "can you put a weighted blanket in a dryer?" Or "can you dry a weighted blanket in the sun?" Although weighted blankets can be put in a dryer, hang drying them prolongs their longevity.