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Weighted blankets were initially intended to help treat children and adults with anxiety and insomnia. Most recently, weighted blankets have been effective in treating children with sensory processing disorders such as Autism, PTSD and ADHD as well. A weighted blanket is made up of two layers with small beads or weights in between. Weighted blankets have a calming effect on children with autism and help them fall asleep. Although weighted blankets are not sold in mainstream stores, they are widely available online. With so many choices in weighted blankets and such a wide variety of fillers used to make them, it’s important to choose the best blanket for the autistic child in your home. Below are our top 3 picks for the best, most eco-friendly market for your little ones.

DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets
Dream Catcher was started by Eileen and JC Jackson. They have an autistic son and desperately needed to find a way to help him get a good night’s sleep. After purchasing several weighted blankets, they came up with their own design and started their business. Dream Catcher designs their blankets to be the perfect fit in size, weight and fabric and offer covers for their blankets as well. Dream Catcher uses Poly-Pro Pellets as their fillers and ensures that their blankets are the best quality available. Dream Catcher weighted blankets are made in the U.S.A. from non-toxic materials and the filler is not re-purposed. Many hospitals and long-term care facilities use Dream Catcher Blankets and they are highly recommended in private homes as well.

Cozy Calm Weighted Blankets
Cozy Calm Weighted Blankets were designed by the company’s owner, Eileen. She created the blankets initially to help her treat her sensory processing disorder and autism. Cozy Calm blankets come in different weights depending on what weight a person needs. They can be wiped down or washed in a washing machine and are made of soft, pliable medical fabric. Cozy Calm weighted blankets contain an inner liner. The liner is then sewn into the blanket in intervals in order to prevent the beads from falling out if the stitching is damaged. Cozy Calm blankets are machine washable and can be dried in a machine or hung to dry. Customer service is a top priority for Cozy Calm. If your weighted blanket is not the right weight or size, they’ll exchange your blanket at no extra charge. You can find them here.

SensaCalm Weighted Blankets
SensaCalm weighted blankets were created when David, the company‘s owner, found out that weighted blankets may help his autistic grandson. Instead of buying a blanket, he and a friend created their own version of a weighted blanket and SensaCalm was born. SensaCalm blankets are available in a variety of different sizes and styles. There are even weighted blankets specifically designed for cribs. Weighted wraps and lap pads are also part of SensaCalm’s line. For weight, SensaCalm uses plastic pellets commonly used in toys combined with Polyfil to make the blankets softer and fuller. They’re hypo-allergenic and non-toxic. All fabrics used for the blankets are 100% cotton, machine washable and can also be machine dried.

Dream Catcher, Cozy Calm and SensaCalm are all designed by those personally affected by autism and sensory processing disorders to ensure you get the best product for your child.

Organic Toddler Bedding

toddler organic bedding

Designed by olli and lime, all of their products are of high quality and have a sustainable environmental edge. Most of their textiles are organic, including this soft, organic toddler bedding set which comes in a seasonal burnt orange and roasted brown design. It’s small enough for a crib, yet big enough for a junior bed, so it can grow as your little one does. Combine this Organic Toddler Bedding with their accent pillows and wallpaper for a perfectly coordinated, contemporary nursery.

fabler groda ikea frog fleece blanket

This super cute fleece blanket from IKea will delight and bring joy to your little ones. The FABLER GRODA Ikea Frog Fleece Blanket is suitable for use as both a bedspread and as a blanket. This frog fleece blanket will quickly become your child’s favourite. It is wonderfully soft and easy to care for.

Organic Crib Mattress

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Made from organic cotton and wool, this 242 spring mattress meets NAOMI and CPSC product safety guidelines and it fits all standard crib mattresses and toddler bed dimensions. A natural mattress is crucial in creating a natural environment for your little one. Wool is a wicking material that moves moisture away from your child while they sleep. Removing moisture makes for a more comfortable sleeping environment that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, completely naturally.

Horses Bedding

horse bedding

Do you have a child in your home who loves horses? California Kid’s Wild Horses All Cotton Bedding captures the spirit of majestic horses and will keeps your child warm and comfortable too! This horse themed bedding features the dark brown, gray, and white images of these amazing animals, and the horse images on the bedding is offset by a patchwork of dark khaki plaids and solids.

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Camouflage Print Bedding

camouflage bedding

Complete your little army soldier’s bedroom and prepare your for boot camp with this camouflage print Kid’s Bedding. This camo bedding features the familiar swirls of drab tones of green, khaki, black, and brown for that total army look. This bedding also includes a white or black reverse and is the perfect addition to your boy’s bedroom.

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Jurassic Jungle Dinosaur Bedding

dinosaur bedding

All kids love dinosaurs! It’s just part of childhood to have a fascination with T-Rex and his other dino buddies! This bedding will look great in your kid’s dinosaur themed room! The bedding shows a Jurassic landscape, with Pterodactyls soaring over a green river valley covered with Triceratops, Dimetrodons, and everyone’s favorite, the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex. Your little one will love these dinosaur bed linens!

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buy lions tigers crib-set

Babies will drift off to sleep, protected by their wild animal friends! Lions and tigers adorn this wonderfully soft 100% certified organic cotton 220 thread count sateen! Pixel’s printing is low-impact and the zero VOC fill may just have been regenerated from the water bottle you drank a few months ago! The low impact printing process is approved by the Organic Trade Association, so you can feel good about your choices.

Buy intergalactic bedding

Your little astronaut will fly away to far planets and galaxies in their dreams underneath the Intergalactic Duvet Cover Set. This kid’s bedding set will make the perfect addition to a child’s space themed room.
We not only love the cool space themed style, we also love that the bedding is soft & Oko-Tex certified, 200 thread count cotton and is made to Oko-tex environmental standards. What’s Oko-Tex? It’s a European certification process which ensures that certified textiles do not contain chemicals harmful to human health. It’s good for the environment and for your child, too.