Hippo Hug Helpful Tips
For getting the most from your weighted blanket
Whether you have already invested in one of our innovative, Made in Canada weighted blankets or are considering one for future purchase; these tips will help you see how versatile a Hippo Hug weighted blanket can be. These tips can also help if you have borrowed a weighted blanket and are finding it too heavy or too light. If you’d like a copy of this poster included in your order please let us know.
Because of our unique and proprietary weighting system our blankets pack a lot of weight in a low profile. This means the blanket can be used in a variety of ways without becoming bulky and cumbersome. And because the weights stay in place you will have even pressure no matter how you choose to use your weighted blanket. Hippo Hug likely has the most dense weighted blanket on the market!
Let’s talk about folding first since we are on the topic of density. Most recommendations for weighted blankets fall in the range of 5-15% of body weight, however very few, if any, say what size of blanket is ideal; some even use the strange and confusing 10% plus 1-2 lbs. At Hippo Hug we like math, especially math that makes sense. We use the standard of no more than 15% body weight in the smallest size for your height. Still with me? No worries, we will do the math for you and help you find the right fit!
We are seeing more and more people choosing a blanket that provides a moderate level of pressure rather than their maximum, this way you aren’t stuck under a heavy blanket all the time and you can play with how you use it based on what your needs are that day/night. Light to moderate pressure is great for everyday sleeping and calming. But on those stressful and tough days, you can fold your blanket in half or thirds lengthwise or widthwise to increase the pressure and pump up the benefits of the deep pressure stimulation. It is not recommended to sleep with you weighted blanket folded as you could easily be giving yourself too much pressure, but folding is a great way to get fast and heavy pressure when you need it and then when you are ready to sleep you can open your blanket.
Folding is a good way to increase the life of a child’s blanket as well, as they grow you can change the pressure to keep up with their weight gain. You should never feel a weighted blanket is no longer useful once a child has outgrown it, the blanket will always provide deep pressure you will just want to encourage use with a regular blanket to provide good coverage for warmth and sleeping. We will go more in depth on this topic in another Helpful Tips post.
Rolling or folding another way to increase pressure for sitting. Many customers like to use the rolling method to more easily transfer their weighted from room to room, it is an especially good trick to teach children and persons with special needs. Rolling makes it easy to pick up and carry over the shoulders or in the arms versus trying to ball it up, and we all know no kid is going to fold their weighted blanket to get it to the basement for a movie night! If you don’t like the density of a roll you could fold it over and over every few columns to get the same shoulder wrap effect. Using your blanket over your shoulders is an excellent way to enhance your meditation practice!
Don’t want to buy a separate Hippo Sit lap pad? No need, at Hippo Hug we are all about giving you the most for your money. You can fold your weighted blanket in thirds lengthwise and then every 3 or 4 rows until you a nice square that will fit in your lap, it’ll be a bit bulkier than a Hippo Sit but it will do the same job. We are also currently working on a cover that you could slide your folded blanket into to keep it as a lap pad.
Finding your blanket too heavy?
We’ve all experienced that feeling where even a sheet or duvet feels like it weighs a million pounds once you are asleep! No weighted blanket is going to feel the perfect pressure 100% of the time. If you are looking to decrease the heaviness of your blanket you can use it sideways or diagonally, the less of your body covered by the weight, the less heavy it will feel overall. This can also be a way to get more life out of a child’s blanket by purchasing one that is larger and slightly heavier than their maximum you can begin use with the blanket sideways as much of the weight won’t be providing pressure. It is not recommended to go more than three pounds heavier than a child’s maximum in a larger size. Purchasing beyond maximum weight is not suggested for anyone with cognitive delays or children under age 10.
Finally, arms in versus arms out makes a surprising difference in how a weighted blanket can feel. Many people who feel trapped by their blanket report that having arms out is enough to alleviate those feelings. The same can be said for feet covered or not, these two slight changes together or separately can help you make micro adjustments to how the pressure of your Hippo Hug weighted blanket feels.
If your weighted blanket isn’t quite working the way you had hoped, or perhaps you have purchased it for another person and they aren’t sure how to use it, we are always happy to have a conversation with you. We can give you some more tips on using your blanket, how to introduce the blanket to the recipient and how to encourage therapeutic use.
Get in touch with us today to talk about our Canadian made weighted blankets and how they can help you and your loved ones.