Monday, 3 February 2020

Snoozzzy Weighted Blanket Review and Discount Offer

A weighted blanket to help with sleep issues is something I've considered on and off for our autistic daughter. I kept putting the decision off, partly because buying one felt like quite an investment, and partly because I could never be quite sure if one would actually help our girl.

Then last summer, we were sent a Snoozzzy weighted blanket to review (which therefore makes this post an ad, but I only ever share our honest opinions on products we have been sent). 
girl lying in bed with snoozzzy weighted blanket covering
We'd had to weigh our girl before ordering, because the weight of these blankets need to be in proportion to body weight of the user.
Snoozzzy have produced a great infographic which shows that the recommended blanket weight is up to 10% of the user's body weight. It should cover the body only, not the whole bed.
weight guide showing different blanket weights relative to body weight
Studies have shown that weighted blankets can be helpful for those with ADHD, anxiety and other stress related issues. They provide the sensation of being hugged which makes the brain release seratonin, a relaxing hormone. As a result, these types of blankets can help users to relax, fall asleep more quickly and have a better quality of sleep.
snoozzzy weighted blanket and cover tied up together
The product arrives in a sturdy box, beautifully presented - and it's heavy! There are two parts tied up in the ribbon; the super soft cover and the weighted blanket itself. The blanket contains lots of non-toxic beads sewn into squares so that they remain evenly distributed, and the cover has two sides to it, one printed and one plain with raised dots.


Our Verdict


Our girl is 12 years old; I wish I'd tried one of these when she was much younger. It clearly provides her with that grounding, comforting feeling which helps her body to relax. It's working well right now and is a much needed part of her bedtime routine. I think when summer arrives the blanket may have to be discarded because our girl seems to run a higher body temperature than most and is always hot, so the blanket would make that worse. But I'd still say it's a worthwhile investment, and will likely be in use for around nine months of the year.

There are several different providers of weighted blankets but the old saying 'you get what you pay for' seems to be particularly true in this area. Snoozzzy blankets are high quality in my opinion. The fabrics used are so soft and strokeable, and what we particularly liked is the fact that the blanket itself always stays put within the cover thanks to the eight inner ties which keep it in position. 

Snoozzzy are specialising in fun, vibrant prints aimed at children - ours was a unicorn print on a lovely deep burgundy colour, with the reverse side being a gorgeous pale pink. Over on their website the other options are a dinosaur with a green reverse, a fish print cover with blue reverse and a neutral grey stag design. The covers are all machine washable and have a discrete hidden zip so they can be removed easily. A very cute soft toy owl is included with the smaller blanket sizes. There's now also a weighted lap pad option which would have other uses, such as for car journeys, or when sitting at a desk to study.

The 60 day snoozzzy sleep guarantee means that you can return your blanket within that time frame if it's not working for you or your child (check out the returns policy here). 

Snoozzzy are very kindly offering a 10% discount on their blankets to any readers of this blog. At checkout on their website, www.snoozzzy.co.uk, please enter the code SNOOZZZYSTEPH10.


**Please note - anyone who suffers from a medical condition, or is pregnant, should seek medical advice before using a weighted blanket.**



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