Frequently Asked Questions

How do I decide on the best weight? 

Your best option is to ask your occupational therapist for a recommendation. If that is not an option, we recommend using the following formula: For a small blanket take 10% of their body weight plus one pound. For a medium blanket take 10% of their body weight plus two pounds. For an large-length blanket take 10% of their body weight plus three pounds. These recommended weights are shown as you make your weight selection.  Fulls and Queens are a little more tricky, and we suggest you call in to give us more info about how you are going to use them to get a better idea.

Always remember that you must consider the size of the blanket you are purchasing as well, because 10 lbs in a small blanket and 10 lbs in a queen blanket feel very different and provide much different pressure.

Children are a little easier to predict than adults as well.  You may also find that your doctor or even Occupational Therapist may not be very familiar with weighted blankets and their use, and may not be able to advise you.  Feel free to call us and we will do our best to help.  Just remember, we are NOT medical professionals.  Toll free 855-736-7222 (9 am to 4:30 pm EST M-F)

Weighted blankets should be purchased to fit the BODY and not the BED.

 

How do I choose the right size?

Small weighted blankets are appropriate for babies and toddlers up to 6yrs of age and are sized approx. 34″ x 50″. Medium weighted blankets are approx. 38″ x 62″ and will fit a child 6-12 yrs old up to an average size adult. Adult length weighted blankets  are perfect for taller teens and adults and are approx. 38″ x 72″.

Remember that weighted blankets are made to fit the BODY and not the BED.

You should only consider a full or queen if you are very large, toss and turn a LOT, or are a couple that want to share the blanket.  A large blanket will constantly be dropping off the edge of the bed at night, and you will be trying to drag its weight back up on the bed all night. 

There is also the consideration that lots of kids and adults like to carry their blanket around and use it on the couch, in the car, etc for calming and this is much easier if it is easy to carry. 

Please look at the sizing page for more important information.

 

What kind of fillers do you use?

We use 100% Virgin Polypropylene Pellets.   They are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and have a high melting point, allowing our blankets to be washed and dried in home or commercial washer and dryers.  (very heavy blankets should not be washed in a top loader)

We also use poly-fil, Fairfield brand.  It is also hypoallergenic and non-toxic and adds a cushiony softness to our blankets as well as helps to cushion the sound of the pellets shifting inside the pockets.  Poly-fil can be left out of custom blankets upon request.

Some of our competitors have started using less expensive forms of plastic pellets, but beware that you don’t get a kind that is more porous.  If you do, it will take forever to get dry...and even when you think it is totally dry, the pellets inside will still be holding moisture and could be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.  

We have tested almost every kind available and only Virgin Polypropylene poly pellets pass our rigorous quality standards.

What is the difference of a blanket with or without the polyfill?

The polyfill puts the fluff in our blankets, it is a little warmer than when we use only the poly pellets, the pellets seem to stay cool if your room temperature is cool.

  

Is the weight removable?

Our weights are not removable, the poly pellets and poly fill are sewn into each individual square making the weight evenly distributed.  

 

Can my child and I sleep under a weighted blanket together?

We don't suggest that an adult sleep under a weighted blanket with a child, it would not be therapeutic for a child to be under a blanket that is heavy enough for an adult.

 

Is the gallery fabric a fleece?

No, the gallery fabric is 100% cotton it has a swirl look that some mistake for a fleece.

 

Why would I want snaps?

When you choose to order with snaps it is because you are ordering a duvet cover and it will need to snap on. 

The Snaps are placed on the Border/Trim of the blanket, and are not uncomfortable if you choose to use your blanket without the Duvet Cover.

Outside of blanket with snaps

Inside of blanket with snaps

Why should I choose a SensaCalm blanket?  

We have been in business since 2008. Compared to our competitors we have a very forgiving return policy and a 1 year guarantee against manufacturing defects. More sizes and weights than most other companies. Free shipping on orders in U.S. over $100. VERY short manufacturing times compared to competitors. Not only all of this but we have the best customer service out there. You can contact us by phone, email, chat and we will work hard to answer any question you have 

 

Why poly pellets instead of glass?

We use the plastic pellets so that our blankets can be both washed and dried in a machine.

 

Can I travel on an airplane with my blanket?

Many of our customers do travel with lap pads and blankets, no one has told of us problems going through security, but we have heard of customs actually making a small hole in the blanket to see what was inside.

  

Do you ship to Canada?

Yes we do ship to Canada and Internationally, however shipping is not free for these destinations, and neither are returns.

  

Will a weighted blanket help me with anxiety?

It is possible that a weighted blanket will help you with your anxiety, we suggest you go a little lighter when ordering a blanket for anxiety as our chart was created for individuals with Autism.

 

Can I send in my own fabric?

You can send fabric, we will advise you on how much to purchase and it should be 100% cotton, unless otherwise approved. We can search for fabrics as well if you are looking for something we don't have on the website.  Please call the office 855-736-7222 or email orders@sensacalm.com for assistance.

 

Is the waterproof fabric soft or is it more of a plastic feel?

The waterproof fabric is very soft, we looked for a couple of years to find the right fabric. We can send you a sample if you are interested in feeling it before you use it.

 

How do I wash my blanket?

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS WASH WEIGHTED ITEMS ALONE, SO THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO CATCH AND TEAR OR DAMAGE IT.

Also regularly check it for any damage before and after washing.

If you have an old top loading machine with agitator, a weighted blanket will probably throw it out of balance.  You can try, but I would not recommend washing a blanket over 10 lbs in one.

For flannel, use fabric softener or 1 cup white vinegar in the rinse water to soften flannel and help remove pilling.  (We don’t recommend flannel. It does not wear well.)

100% cotton blankets:

Machine wash separately in warm or cold water. Tumble dry low/medium . Do not iron. Do not microwave. Do not dry clean. If your blanket has bright colors that might run, wash the first time in cold water with 1 cup of salt to set the colors.

Waterproof Blankets:

  • Machine wash warm or hot
  • Dry low (NEVER ON HIGH)
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean
  • No bleach, vinegar, or oxy-type products 

Cuddle Fleece Blankets (sometimes known as minky):

Machine wash cold with detergent, but NO Fabric Softener!  Tumble dry on low heat or air fluff.  If you would rather not use the dryer you can hang to dry.  Remember - do not use fabric softener!  

 

Can Soothing Snakes, Lap Pads, and Weighted Wraps be microwaved? 

No, we do not recommend Microwaving any of our Products. Although the Poly-Pellets have a high melting point they will be damaged from the Microwave, and as a result will cause the pellets to melt...

If you wish to warm any of these products, they can safely be done so in the Dryer and then cooled in the Refrigerator or Freezer!

  

What is the "Default" backing/trim fabric?

Once you have chosen a fabric, if "Default" is selected it will be the same fabric on both sides, unless you are in Child or Youth fabrics or Pattern fabrics that already have Pre-Set Backings... Which will be indicated in the notes

  

What is cuddle fleece?

Cuddle  Fleece is a very soft, plush material much like you would find in a baby blanket, or plush bathrobe.  Another brand is called Minky.   Perfect for Sensory Seekers and others who enjoy a soft, warm, and cozy feeling in their blanket.

 

Will insurance pay for a weighted blanket?

This totally depends on your specific insurance company.  The first thing you want to do is call your insurance company and find out.  Then you would order one and submit your invoice for reimbursement if you insurance company covers them.

 We cannot file an insurance claim for you, we are not set up to do so.

If your insurance will pay and you cannot pay up front, try asking a medical supply company to order it for you and bill your insurance.  We can work directly with the medical supply company if they call us.