Figuring out exactly what weight of weighted blanket you need can be a difficult task. We put together our best tips to help make it easier.
At Hippo Hug we encourage clients to choose a size that fits their body. When you go up in size you need to go up in weight to maintain the same pressure per square inch. Most research indicates that 5 to15% of body weight is the universally agreed upon range for a weighted blanket. If you are using your Hippo Hug weighted blanket to help with anxiety, depression, or PTSD most people prefer to use blankets on the heavier side of that 10 to 15% range. In our experience we have found that the average adult already using some type of pressure (such as extra blankets) tends to prefer a 40×60 inch weighted blanket in the 18 to 23 pound range. Adults that do not already do something with pressure tend to choose a 40×60 14- to 18-pound blanket and find the pressure sufficient.
It is important to make sure that the blanket isn’t so heavy that you can’t lift it on and off. This rule is good to keep in mind when choosing a weighted blanket for a senior or special needs person. Consider the strength of the user and their ability to remove the blanket independently. In general, we have found that most seniors prefer a weight in the 10 to 12 pound range even when they can go much higher based on their body weight.
For children who are growing it is usually best to be on the higher end of their max weights because the blanket will be a reasonable weight for longer as they grow. As an example, Grady is nearly 10 years old. He is 100 pounds, 58 inches tall and uses a weighted blanket for bedtime anxiety and trouble settling to sleep. Grady uses an 18-pound, 40×60 inch blanket. Technically his maximum weight in this size is 14 to 16 pounds, but because he is growing quickly and can use the blanket independently without concern he is able to go slightly beyond his maximum.
Because Hippo Hug weighted blankets are all custom made in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, we can change the distribution of the weights to better fit your needs. This has been done for individuals who are worried about the blanket causing more pain in their hips by placing the lighter weights in the middle of the blanket and the heavier ones closer to the edge. This then alleviates the problem of too much excess weight on their hips. It has also been done so that the top half of the blanket is lighter, so individuals can easily take it on and off. We decide where each weight goes and we are happy to individualize the distribution to suit your specific needs.
More and more we are seeing customers choose a weight that is in the midrange of their needs knowing that they can fold the blanket in various ways to increase pressure when needed. This way you can get a nice even pressure most of the time and on those bad days you can give yourself an extra squeeze buy folding the blanket over a few rows or even in half lengthwise or widthwise.
Remember that we have helped over 3,000 people get the right blanket for them and we are happy to give you as much time as you need to find the right one for you.