Grayson has had a tough couple of months- his body just won’t relax. He’s really stiff, and there’s the ever-present frustration that his body won’t let him do what he wants it to. I also mentioned before that sleep has been a major issue for us, and I asked for advice on things that may help.
My friend Lisa strongly encouraged me to get Grayson a weighted blanket from SensaCalm. She says:
SensaCalm blankets are a miracle. My son has Autism and struggles with many sensory issues. When the blanket arrived, we immediately put it on him and he was instantly calmed. He had the biggest smile on his face! We use the blanket all the time. My son will now go find it and carry it around with him to bed, to watch tv, to the car, etc. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that he has something to calm him in any and all situations.
My mom generously ordered Grayson one of these blankets a few weeks ago. They are weighted according to the age and size of the child and the company has lots of fabrics and colors to choose from.
Yesterday morning, Grayson woke up WAY too early and was obviously still really tired. Despite this, he wouldn’t go back to sleep and even when I brought him in the living room and turned on his music, he was fidgety and fussy. I put the blanket on him, and he INSTANTLY became calm and very still. This was how he stayed for the next hour and a half! Although he didn’t go back to sleep, the blanket gave his body some much-needed rest.
Later that same afternoon, when Grayson got fussy, I put the blanket on him again, and within minutes he was asleep, and stayed asleep for an hour.
So far, using the weighted blanket in the crib hasn’t worked out as well as I had hoped. I don’t know if it’s because Grayson has never slept with a blanket and just isn’t used to it, or if it’s too bulky and hot, but he wiggles out of it and pushes it with his feet to the end of the crib. However, he has been falling asleep MUCH more quickly and easily the past few nights (no idea why, but I’ll take it!) so him not using the blanket at night hasn’t been an issue.
Most families that order weighted blankets for their children have Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder (which I suspect G has) but SensaCalm’s website lists many other conditions that their blankets could benefit such as anxiety, tantrums and even Restless Leg Syndrome, which I suffer from. I’m going to have to try out Grayson’s blanket on my legs!
I highly recommend a SensaCalm or other weighted blanket to anyone with a child who has sensory issues, or even if they don’t and want something calming to help them relax. So far, it’s been a miracle product for us after just a few days!
Note: I was not contacted about or compensated by SensaCalm for writing this post. I just think they make a great product and wanted to share something that working for us!