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What Are the Best Pellets to Fill a Weighted Blanket With?

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There are a variety of fillings to choose from to use in a weighted blanket.  What is best and has the longest lasting effect? The most popular options are polypropylene (PP) pellets and glass beads.  Here are few things to consider when making your purchase: 1) Toxicity Seems like a big deal since its covering your body, right?! It's important to look for BPA-free, non-toxic polypropylene pellets. BPA exhibits toxic, endocrine, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects in living organisms...something you want to stay clear of. Consider using a virgin material to avoid toxicity. 2) Odor This can be common in recycled plastic due to the additives...

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Does weighted pressure provide relief from anxiety?

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Anxiety to new situations is a normal part of a child’s development. However, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have a particularly difficult time processing changes in their routine and environment. An autistic child may show their anxiety through stimming, meltdowns, withdrawal from social situations, self-injury or inattentiveness.  It is important to be prepared for situations that may be a trigger for your child. Children with ASD are often hypersensitive and unable to filter background sensory information in the form of specific noises, bright lights, and textures. Many parents of ASD children have endorsed calming tools such as weighted...

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