Weighted blankets were originally developed for children with autism. They have since become a popular sleep aid for all ages of children, teens, and adults.

Father tucking in a little girl at bedtime

Weighted blankets are now used for all ages, from toddlers up to seniors, and everyone in between. But there are some products that are particularly well-suited to kids in their design.

In this post, we first provide a Buyer’s Guide for kids weighted blankets and some cautions to keep in mind if you plan to buy a weighted blanket for your child.

Finally, we highlight 3 top-rated weighted blankets that have a good size range for kids and teens, and one of them was originally designed with autism in mind.

There are links below for more in depth reviews of each of the 3 weighted blankets that we feel are good choices for quality and suitability for children.

Buyer’s Guide for Kids Weighted Blankets


To help you make the right choice of weighted blanket for your child, we’ve put together this buyer’s guide to assist your considerations before you make a purchase.

Use these 4 guidelines to choose a product with the best chance of improving your child’s sleep experience and to help them relax.

1. Select the Best Weight

Choosing a weighted blanket starts with figuring out the proper weight. For both kids and adults, the weighing starts with 10% of the body weight.

However, you can even go lower if your child is very young or they haven’t used a weighted blanket before. It’s important that they feel comfortable with the weighted pressure.

Likewise, if they will benefit, you can add a couple of pounds to get the optimum weight. These products usually come in set sizes, so you have to go as close as possible to your child’s weight.

Unless you go with a custom made weighted blanket, it might be trickier to get the exact fit.

Girl Eating Food on Bed.

And, they must never feel restricted or trapped under the weight.

This is especially so for children with autism. They have to feel comfortable using the blanket or it won’t serve any purpose if it frustrates or scares them.

If you have a very small child or toddler, we have a post with weighted blankets for toddlers that come in the very smallest sizes of 3, 4, and 5 pounds.

Those very small weights are more difficult to find, so we highlighted some blankets different than the ones that we usually recommend for older children and adults.

2. Choose the Right Dimensions

Along with weight, dimensions matter in the size of weighted blanket you choose for your child. The blanket should be enough to cover them.

You don’t have to cover the entire mattress and it should never hang down over the sides of the bed as that would mess with the weight distribution and it may slide off during the night.

It will also make it harder for the child to get out from under the blanket and defeat one of the main purposes of using a weighted blanket – which is a sense of security and calmness.

You’ll probably need a blanket that has the dimensions for a twin-size bed. Most manufacturers have sizing guides to help you select the right one.

3. Comfort with a Weighted Blanket Matters

A weighted blanket that’s too heavy, not soft enough, and not breathable enough might not be acceptable to a child.

Make sure to choose a product they will feel comfortable enough to spend the whole night under. The plush covers are good for a comfy, snuggly feeling.

However, if your child is what’s known as a hot sleeper, you may need to consider weighted blankets that have cooling properties. It might be beneficial during the warmer months, too.

Style and color also matter, but comfort should be your next consideration after weight and size. If a child is particularly fussy about color, you can go with a brand that has plenty of color options.

Child in bed with a teddy bear getting ready to sleep.

4. The Price of a Weighted Blanket

Luckily, weighted blankets designed for kids are usually cheaper than larger products for adults because they weigh less and use less material.

However, prices will vary from one manufacturer to another. In general, they will cost more than regular blankets.

You’ll also find that it makes more economical sense to buy a set with a removable cover if you think you’ll want one. Buying a duvet cover separately later will end up costing more in the long run.

Using a removable duvet cover for washing and care makes practical sense, helping to protect the weighted blanket and preserve it in the long-term.

You’ll want to take care of your investment.

Cautions for Using Weighted Blankets with Kids


Even though weighted blankets are generally regarded as safe to use, there are some things to keep in mind if you use one for your child:

  • Weighted blankets should never be too heavy for the person using them to move with their own strength. They should never be restrictive.
  • If a pet sleeps with your child they might tear holes in the pockets containing the weights, causing leakage. And it might be too heavy for a small animal if they get trapped under it.
  • Generally, weighted blankets are not considered appropriate for babies under one year of age.
  • It’s a good idea to consult your child’s doctor and/or therapist before using a weighted blanket for sleep.

Keeping these cautions in mind when you choose a weighted blanket for your child will help to make it a more rewarding and supportive experience for them and you.

3 Top -Rated Weighted Blankets for Kids


1. Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket

For our son’s needs, we chose the Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket. He’s a young adult who experiences anxiety, insomnia, and ADHD.

This blanket has a wide range of sizes, comes with 2 removable covers for cleaning and care, and also has Coolmax technology.

Our son appreciates the cooling features because he sleeps hot at night. The special manufacturing helps to reduce heat buildup and discomfort.

Get a more details in our personal review of the Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket.

Cropped close-up image of child cuddling a stuffed teddy bear on their lap.

2. YnM Weighted Blanket

Next to the top choice for our son, the YnM manufacturer offers an excellent choice for a weighted blanket for a child.

They’ve made many improvements and additions to their products, including a cooling blanket and a cooling duvet cover.

They also offer sets that include 2 removable covers in the package, plus several color options. It comes in a very close second for us in the area of quality and affordable weighted blankets.

Get more details in our review of the YnM Weighted Blanket.

3. Harkla Weighted Blanket

The Harkla weighted blanket is occupational therapist recommended and puts the focus on children with special needs. They also give a lot of attention to comfort, producing a snuggly blanket for a feeling of security.

These weighted blankets are manufactured in a wide range of sizes to suit kids and teens, and Harkla donates 1% of sales to the University of Washington Autism Clinic to support kids and families.

It’s another good choice for children with special needs, or for any child who needs comfort, security, and support to stay calm and sleep.

Get more details in our Harkla Weighted Blanket Review.


Whichever weighted blanket you choose, the use of deep touch pressure (DTP) may be just what your child needs to get a relaxing and calm night’s sleep.

If you are in Canada see our posts for Weighted Blankets in Canada, or the one for Cooling Weighted Blankets in Canada, or for the YnM Weighted Blanket in Canada.

28 thoughts on “Best Weighted Blankets for Kids”

  1. I never knew there was such a thing as a weighted blanket for kids. This is such an interesting post and the idea of providing a child with the safe and security from a blanket is amazing.  Hard to believe that there are so many choices when it comes to picking the right blanket.  Kids at night, can get scared and I love the idea of a weighted blanket. Great job.

    1. Hi Coralie;

      Yes, if you have a child in your life who needs extra security and calming at night, a weighted blanket might be the answer. They are particularly useful for children with autism and other sensory issues. But many parent anecdotally report finding them useful for all kinds of situations when it comes to sleep and anxiety issues.

      Thanks for stopping by and all the best with sleep and rest.
      Stella

  2. Great information here. This is something I just learned about from a different perspective on how something that applies gentle pressure can give a sense of security as if someone was hugging you. I learned this from a TV commercial on how a “hugging” cover for the body of dogs can calm them from loud noises such as fireworks and thunder.

    My friend told me that the same concept works for humans as well. Then I thought of all the times I have been hugged and how I always felt secure in that moment. It’s funny how something as simple as gentle pressure can work wonders, even if you do not suffer from anxiety or have autism.

    But for those that do and for young kids I think a weighted blanket is a great idea. It is obvious that you can clean the cover in a washing machine, but how would you clean the blanket itself? I would be a bit afraid to put it in a washing machine even on the gentle cycle. And could you use a comforter with a weighted blanket for extra warmth if needed?

    1. Hi Robert;

      I’m glad you find this post useful. Yes, it isn’t just people who find weighted products calming, animals benefit, as well. As a matter of fact, the idea of using pressure for this purpose came about from observing the effect that using a narrow chute had on cattle before handling them. It put pressure on their bodies and calmed them down.

      I know what you mean about hugs. My grandfather was a walking weighted blanket. He had the best hugs I’ve ever had. You felt so safe and secure when he wrapped you in his arms. And, funny enough, he wasn’t a big person. Quite small in stature, but he knew how to hug!

      Yes, the covers are a great idea because it is difficult to clean all that weight in a weighted blanket. We have a post about how to care for a weighted blanket that can help with that.

      Generally, people find the weighted blanket warm enough, but you can certainly add other bedclothes if you find it cool and want extra warmth. Most people find the opposite, especially hot sleepers. These people often purchase a cooling weighted blanket for less heat buildup.

      Thanks for your interest and questions. All the best with your sleep and rest.
      Stella

  3. Yeah, I use the Harkla Weighted Blanket for my kid, and since then the rate of his disorder is reduced in comparison to before when he has not being using the weighted blanket. They are used to manage various things from anxiety to insomnia and one thing I like most about it is that they use glass beads for the weight, which are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and odorless. It’s a very good product. Thanks! 

    1. Hi Rose;

      We’re glad to hear of your success with the Harkla Weighted Blanket. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.

      All the best,
      Stella 🙂

  4. I don’t have children, but I still found your topic interesting for a collateral reason.  I have used a weighted vest for my dogs to provide security for loud noises, such as thunder, and your topic got my interest.  Certainly I would not have been interested in your topic otherwise.  That said, the subject of your topic is relevant to any parent whose child needs some extra comfort and security when sleeping.  Your treatment of the topic gives guidance to these parents who might not have otherwise known of this remedy for their child’s behaviorial problem.  My first impression about the topic is that it is a bit narrow; but the fact that there are so many products suggests that the topic is much broader than I first thought.  In general, any topic nestled under parenting should prove its worth.  Good topic. 

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience with weighted products. One point we would make is that any change in behavior would likely be a byproduct of using the weighted blanket for sleep and less anxiety. They are more designed to be a sleep aid than a behavior modification tool. Although, these areas do have overlap.

      Best to you,
      Stella

  5. Hi Stella, great review on best weighted blankets. I have heard of these before today too and know how great they are supposed to be. I heard they are also supposed to be good for people with anxiety so that’s something people can also keep in mind as well. I am thinking of ordering one for myself just because I sleep alone and believe if I get one of these blankets it may feel like someone is cuddling me lol. I know they are pretty heavy so that would be nice.:)

  6. In truth, it sounds all cool to get a weighted blanket for the kids but how effectively do we think that the weighted blanket really feels for the child. This is one of the most important question that we should first ask. Having seen the different types of weighted blanket that there is for kids, I cannot argue that they were not first made for the kids. There are different types here as well. I will like to buy one for my seven year old niece. Thanks.

  7. This is very good. I am very happy to see that you could share some weighted blankets for kids. I didn’t know that one can actually choose from a wide range of products. I want to buy one for my little sister because whenever she goes for a sleepover at her friends, she always talks about getting one as well. I will go for your first recommendation in the concluding part of this article. Thanks!

  8. This is an incredibly interesting article.  I am currently having a look at presents for my great nieces.  This seems like the ideal gift for them both.  

    I love the thought of them feeling safe, warm and secure when going to bed.  I particularly like the YnM Kids Weighted Blankets.  I really like the fact that they are eco-friendly too.

    I really did not know that these existed, so thank you very much for enlightening me and for giving the perfect idea for presents!

    Kind regards,

    Renée

    1. Hi Renée;

      Actually, weighted blankets make a common gift idea, so we’re not surprised that you would think of that at this time of year.

      We’re glad you found the info here helpful, and we hope your nieces enjoy the benefits of a weighted blanket.

      We wish you all well.
      Stella

  9. Oh wow! I have never heard about these products but now I’m deeply intrigued. In your article, you mention that these blankets may help with anxiety and insomnia, how does that work? What is the main function the blankets have for having that type of positive effect on children and adults in general? 

    1. Hi Stephanie;

      The weight in a weighted blanket causes something called deep touch pressure (DTP), and it’s like getting a firm hug. The effect helps to create more “feel good” hormones in your body such as serotonin. This in turn, helps to reduce anxiety and promote calmness, which helps with better sleep.

      You might find our post on what weighted blankets are for useful for more info on the topic.

      Best regards,
      Stella

  10. Wow, I really enjoyed reading this post. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as weighted blankets for kids but it makes perfect sense. I suppose it works along the same lines as anxiety thundershirts for dogs. I have no children myself (just dogs) but I have a coworker who has an autistic child. She talks about Riley all the time but I’ve never heard her mention a weighted blanket. I can’t wait to share this with her and also your website.

    I just visited your website and I see that you’ve written an article about weighted blankets for pets too! Thank you for being so informative and thorough about this topic. You’re helping lots of people.

    Sue

    1. Hi Sue;

      Yes, weighted blankets do work along the same principle as a compression jacket for a dog. We wrote the article about weighted blankets and pets because many people wonder if they can use a weighted blanket designed for humans with their pet.

      We hope the post is helpful for your friend, and wish you both the best,
      Stella

  11. Wow! Very good product! During this time, I never thought that there was a weighted blanket. I think, all blankets are the same. Either it is light or weighted. And it seems that what you say makes sense that weighted blankets can provide more comfort for children. Because from my experience, giving a lightweight blanket, it makes him able to wake up in the middle of the night because he feels cold (blanket that does not cover his body). Therefore, it seems I need to have one of these products for my child.
    Thanks

  12. Hi, Stella.
    Thanks for sharing your review on the types of Weighted blankets for kids. The entire article was awesome and full of information all in one place, including FAQs. My daughter doesn’t have a specific condition, but complains about having painful legs in the night. In fact she keeps extra blankets on her legs while sleeping. I will surely try Harkla’s weighted blanket for kids for her comfort.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

  13. Thank you for this useful topic. Recently, my wife asked me to buy a weighted blanket for our child because the one we are using is old. Actually, I didn’t buy it the first time, so I have totally no idea about that.

    Luckily I landed on your site. The timing is great. Your post is easy to read so I can understand it easily. I like the Ourea Weighted Blanket because the gray color is easier to maintain and stains won’t show as easily as other colors. Honestly, if you had a black color, I would definitely buy it.

    Your post is useful to me and my wife. I will discuss it with her. It saves us a lot of time. At least, I don’t need to do further research online. I will bookmark your site and share it with all my friends. I believe your post can help many people. Please keep sharing with us.

    I just have one question. Do I need to buy two in case it’s dirty?

    1. We’re glad you found our post helpful in finding a new weighted blanket for your child. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and story.

      You’ve raised a good point about the wear and tear on these blankets over time. But you don’t need to buy two for washing. The best thing is to get one that has a removable cover. Just take the cover off and throw it in the wash as needed.

      We have a helpful post about weighted blankets that come with removable covers. It may help you find what you are looking for. When they come with a cover, they usually cost a bit more than without it, but it’s still cheaper than buying two blankets.

      Stella

  14. Hi Stella, I find this post of the best weighted blankets for kids very helpful because there are so many brands and products of weighted blankets out there in the market that when we search to get one for our kid, it isn’t an easy task at all. With the aid of this review, we can make our purchase decisions from the best out there because our kids are most important to us.

    Regards!

    1. Thanks for your comments and we’re glad you found the post helpful. Yes, doing research and finding the best product for your child’s needs is very important.

      Stella

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