October 28, 2021 3 min read
What do weighted blankets do?
Weighted Blankets are the new hot thing on the market to help kids and adults who have sleep issues or anxiety. They also help with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s, ADD and ADHD, as well as SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) ….but do they really work? Here in an insight on the product from the founder or Mosaic Weighted Blankets.
Laura LeMond of Mosaic Weighted Blankets says: “Weighted blankets are a miracle for a child, teen or adult that responds to weighted deep stimulation therapy, the thing is that you need to purchase one and try it out to see if they work. The best thing if it does work, your kid doesn’t have to take a pill to get rested. We have kids that parents contact who us so grateful, they have a child that has never slept through the night until they got the blanket. If kiddo isn’t sleeping, neither is mom or dad, so a weighted blanket can be a parent’s best friend.”
“Many kids also come home from school and social activities and use the weighted blanket as a touch point to relax and have some down time. Weighted blankets are great for that. A weighted lap pad or weighted vest are great for elementary school age children as well to focus in the classroom.”
What are they weighted with?
“Our blankets are weighted with commercial grade, non toxic poly pellets. They are quilted in even squares throughout the blanket.”
What kind of fabric do you have?
“We have two kinds of fabric, cotton and minky fabrics. We have over 50 patterns to choose from that are made of 100% cotton fabric. We use a pattern on one side and match it with a matching solid color on the other side. The cotton is breathable and comfortable. We also offer minky fabric, which is very plush and comfortable. Minky is not cotton, but it is a popular choice because of the fact that it’s very soft. We offer minky in eight different colors. Our most popular colors include pink, charcoal grey and royal blue.”
What does the research say?
“In psychiatric care, weighted blankets are one of our most powerful tools for helping people who are anxious, upset and possibly on the verge of losing control,” says Karen Moore, OTR/L and occupational therapist in Franconia, N.H.
“These blankets work by providing input to the deep pressure touch receptors throughout the body,” Moore says. “Deep pressure touch helps the body relax. Like a firm hug, weighted blankets help us feel secure, grounded and safe.” Moore says this is the reason many people like to sleep under a heavy comforter, even in the summer.” (Source: Psychology Today)
LeMond adds: “We have many rave reviews from happy customers, one woman told she hadn’t slept so well since high school. It’s a real growth market in that most people have never heard of a weighted blanket, but awareness is spreading about the benefits of a weighted blanket.
Why did you start this company?
LeMond says “I started Mosaic Weighted Blankets because of my own sensory integration issues. I put books on my feet to go to sleep in college (got teased by roomates and in my thirties I started to put sand bags on my legs. I was the original 1960’s kid with SPD issues, hated polyester, and I was a picky eater. See all those people who love Spanx and tight boots or wear compression clothing? I think it meets a need in the population for weight or tightness, which is why those products are wildly popular.”
Who can benefit? Is it just for kids?
“Our customers are comprised of all ages. We sell to girls and boys, teenagers, men, women and our senior line of featherweight blankets is a big seller with seniors. People of all ages can benefit from a weighted blanket.”