First, for those of you who might be wondering, a weighted blanket is simply a blanket that weighs more than a typical one. The weight can usually be customized to suit the age and size of your child.
A weighted blanket is usually used for calming purposes. It provides some nice all-over body pressure and can be especially comfy while sleeping. They're great for helping people with sensory issues relax.
There are lots of different styles and sizes of weighted blankets on the market. In fact, click here to see Friendship Circle's list of 13 Weighted Blanket Stores to Choose From.
The Bird has had a small weighted blanket for quite some time now. The only problem is that during the night, she still doesn't stay covered up and she doesn't cover herself up yet. So if she wakes up and is freezing, she still needs us to come help her get re-adjusted under the covers.
Honestly, I don't think she's really made the connection that blanket = warmth.
Sometimes, when she wakes up cold, Ryan just brings her into our bed.
And that is how we discovered the absolute perfect weighted blanket for Lily.
And here it is:
If you're thinking, "Hey! That's not a weighted blanket! That's Lana!", then you haven't been around here long enough to discover all my many talents.
When Ryan brings Lily into our large king size bed, even though there is plenty of room for all of us to sleep without touching, I become the weighted blanket.
Here's how it works:
- Ryan sets the Bird on his side of the bed.
- She sleepily crawls all the way across the bed to my side, where I am sleeping on my side, facing the middle of the bed.
- Lily gets as close to me as she possibly can without getting underneath me.
- She lays on her tummy, sliding her right hand up to the elbow under my torso.
- She then shoves both her legs between mine, so her little legs are like the peanut butter, and my legs are bread slices.
- I bend my left leg (the top one) over her waist.
- My right leg is not bent quite as much and her legs are laying on that one.
- Hooked a certain way, she can rest her feet on my bottom right calf.
She then burrows down, sighs deeply, and falls back into a sound sleep, while I spend the rest of the night feeling like I'm cuddled up to a hot water bottle.
All be it, a very precious hot water bottle...
I've gone back and forth on buying a larger twin-sized weighted blanket for the Bird, and maybe something in a cozier fabric.
But for some reason, every time I sit down at the computer to purchase one, I hesitate.
Part of me wonders if Lily will really like it. They can be kind of pricey so I want to feel good about my decision to buy one.
Another part of me thinks it might work wonders and she may never need to sleep in our bed again.
And that's the part that makes me not press that "Submit Order" button.
Call me crazy, but I kind of like being a weighted blanket.