We actually have an entire page dedicated to using and washing your weighted blanket here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I wash my weighted blanket?
How do I decide on the best weight for my blanket?
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 information about how you are going to use them to get a better idea of what is best for you.
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 for my blanket?
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. Large 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 are the blankets filled with?
SensaCalm is pleased to announce that we’ve switched from virgin poly pellets to more environmentally-friendly glass beads in our weighted blankets and other weighted products. For years we worked with the same polypropylene pellets used to stuff small bean bags and many types of plush toys to create the weight in our blankets. While these pellets are high quality and actually recyclable, we wanted to switch to something even more eco-friendly and efficient yet that would still enable our customers to wash and dry their blankets at home.
“We’ve been wanting to switch from plastic to glass for a while,” explains SensaCalm’s founder Donna Chambers. “But we were adamant about finding a supplier who made the beads in the US in alignment with our commitment to safety, quality control and encouraging domestic job growth.” Chambers continues, “Our new glass beads also have the added benefit of being quieter, which is helpful to those that have noise sensitivity”
Why do we feel glass is a greener option when it comes to adding weight? In a recent report from Britsh Glass, environment minister, Thérèse Coffey said that unlike plastic microbeads, glass powder “can be created from recycled glass – avoiding use of precious virgin raw materials, and the energy consumption of extracting and processing them.” Coffey added, “And as glass itself is around 75% silica sand, if it ends up in wastewater system and eventually the sea it acts just as sand would.”
How else is our new material superior to polypropylene? The glass is heavier per square inch than poly pellets, so less raw material is required to attain the same weight. Because some pre-made items on our website already contain the poly pellets, we urge customers to read the description for the item to see which material is used to add weight for the item they wish to purchase. Now that SensaCalm has secured a reliable supplier, all blankets, wraps, lap pads and Peaceful Pals toys made from here on will be weighted with safe, natural, eco-friendly glass beads!
Is the weight removable?
Our weights are not removable, the glass beads 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.
Are the gallery fabrics 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.
Why should I choose a SensaCalm weighted 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 the contiguous United States over $100. Order total must exceed $100 after discounts to qualify. 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.
Can I travel on an airplane with my weighted 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.
Does SensaCalm ship outside of the United States?
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 with my 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 to be used for a custom weighted blanket?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Is the waterproof fabric soft or does it have a plastic feeling?
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.
Can Soothing Snakes, Lap Pads, or Weighted Wraps be microwaved?
No, we do not recommend Microwaving any of our Products.
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 can be seen in their photos on the product page.
What is cuddle fleece/dimple cuddle?
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 my 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.