Earlier this year, after struggling with many sleepless nights with my then four year old son I knew there had to be a better solution rather than piling blankets on him at night to help him feel secure and snug in his bed. He had started asking for multiple blankets when he was about 2 1/2 or 3 and every time he grew, the pile on top of him grew even bigger. I had learned about DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets which are custom-made weighted blankets for children and adults who crave deep pressure both for sensory needs as well as help with sleeping. The company was founded by the Jackson family after they discovered how much it helped their son Cody to have a weighted blanket. You can learn more about the company and it’s founding in an interview here. iMum Mary also reviewed a weighted blanket from DreamCatcher for her daughter N which you can read here.
When I first started researching weighted blankets, I was startled at the differences in the way that they were made. For example, there are some weighted with smooth river rocks, others with polly pellets, others with rice, sand or even dried beans to name a few. When I considered that the blanket would have to be washed, I quickly decided that river rocks would not be a good choice. Not only could they potentially damage my washing machine and dryer, but I imagined that the agitation of the machine may cause the rocks to break up and potentially hurt my son. DreamCatcher uses a filling called Poly-Pro pellets which are hypoallergenic (very important for a child with skin allergies), non-toxic and non-porus (meaning they can’t absorb anything from being washed). The custom made blankets are quilted and the pellets are spread over the entire blanket rather than being concentrated in one area. For me, this was another plus meaning that we could “flip” or rotate the blanket on my son’s bed while at the same time ensuring he would get the same consistent pressure.
The blanket is measured to cover the top of the bed – and not hang down over the sides. My son got a full size custom Mickey Mouse blanket with Minke Fleece on the opposite side. The day that the blanket came and I washed it and put it on his bed he was very excited to be going to sleep – I was hopeful that the blanket would help all of us get better sleep in the house. The first night it worked and we have noticed that on nights he does not use it, that he typically does not sleep as well. We have had the blanket for about four months now and have washed it several times and each time it comes out of the wash looking as vibrant as when I put it in. I wash the blanket in warm water and then typically tumble dry it for a just long enough to pull the moisture out of it before hanging it in the house to fully dry. I decided once that I wanted to line dry it – it took days because of all the layers inside the blanket and meant that we didn’t sleep again which proved to me that it was working.
Once your child outgrows their custom weighted blanket, if it is still in good condition you can “trade it in” for a credit toward the next appropriate blanket size for your child which ensures that your child will have the right blanket size for them. The blankets are sold in the United States only, due to shipping costs outside of the US. They are also having a 20% off purchase over $100 that ends today on custom blankets – click here for more details!
Note: A product was received for purposes of this review. No other compensation was provided.