At Hippo Hug, we don’t want anyone to feel lonely, which is partially the reason we got into the weighted blanket business to begin with. Hippo Hug’s quality weighted blankets help to ease loneliness and grief by providing deep pressure stimulation that feels like a warm hug from a loved one. Custom-designed and handmade, our blankets provide comfort and security, and can be used for a number of reasons, including assisting with insomnia, fibromyalgia, dementia, and restless leg syndrome.
Inviting Your Weighted Blanket into Your Home and Life
Loneliness can be a serious health issue. The New York Times article, “The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health,” reports that raised levels of the stress hormone and inflammation that commonly accompany feelings of loneliness and grief can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Those in the dark depths of loneliness and grief may even consider suicide. And don’t assume that it’s always older people who are lonely. The article states that occurrences of loneliness peak in adolescence and young adulthood, and then again at the oldest ages.
A Hippo Hug quality weighted blanket can be a good friend. They can assist with lessening chronic pain, easing anxiety and facilitating a good night’s sleep. Being well-rested and without the distractions of discomforting pain and disquieting anxiety allows for better well-being overall, which can improve the ability to have more hope for the future.
Hippo Sit Weighted Lap Pads
We created our Hippo Sit Weighted Lap Pads thinking about providing the benefits of a weighted blanket while travelling, working, in the classroom, and for those in nursing homes. Because they are out and about in the world we make our lap pads with water-resistant material, and they are protected with a cuddle cover. This makes cleaning much easier.
A lap pad can act like a reliable companion, a constant reminder that there is somebody out there who cares. They provide deep touch pressure to the legs, which has a calming and anxiety-relieving effect. They can allow for greater concentration while also keeping you still and relaxed. The deep pressure stimulation can help children, the elderly, and those with attention deficit disorder, autism, and mood disorders.
We can design your lap pad with a pocket or without. The pockets work well for those who have cold hands, tremors, or who tend to fidget while trying to sit still. They are also useful when travelling, as they provide a convenient place to store books, electronics, and other travel items.
Don’t Waste the Weight
A weighted blanket should be between 5 to 15% of the user’s total body weight, and we find that people benefit the most from the higher end. And we also advise to not waste the weight! We can customize your blanket so that the weights are placed exactly where you need them. Some don’t like too much weight across their hips and feet, so we can sew in lighter weights in these areas so as not to cause discomfort. We are happy to help you choose the right weight and size of blanket for you.
Hippo Hug Weighted Animals for Those Who Need a Cuddle
Weighted Animals are also an option for those who spend a lot of time alone or who may be in continuing care. This success story about a 97-year-old woman who has limited mobility and finds her weighted animal to be a comfort is an example of how they work. Weighted animals provide gentle pressure to help with pain, ease jerky motions and calm anxiety.
Not only that, but they’re cute! We are able to add weight to just about any plush type of animal you can think of, but already in stock we have cats, dogs, hippos, sharks, dinosaurs, gorillas, lions, alligators, and, of course, bears. Weights range from 1.5 to 6 pounds.
And There’s More!
We don’t stop at weighted blankets, lap pads, and animals. Additional items you can find in store include sensory products like Chewlery for kids with oral fixations. They provide something safe to chew on that won’t damage teeth, and are great for those with autism, sensory needs, anxiety, and ADHD. The Hippo Stress Toys are perfect for a quick release when it gets rough at work or home, and all funds from sales go to people in need under the new Hippo Hug Helps program.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our products, or just come on by our storefront. We look forward to discussing how our quality weighted blankets can help you.