Benefits of a Weighted Stuffed Animal
Like weighted blankets, weighted stuffed animals are designed to provide soothing pressure for people of all ages. They’re commonly used to help children and adults sleep better, reduce anxiety, and soothe sensory processing issues.
Stuffed animals are generally filled with a material such as rice, beans, plastic pellets or glass beads to make them heavier. The material used is a key factor because some materials are more durable and easier to clean than others. For example, plastic pellets are a popular choice for most stuffed animals because they’re easy to find and offer a consistent weight distribution. Other material choices include rice and beans which can easily be washed but are not as long-lasting as plastic pellets.
Unlike regular stuffed animals, a weighted stuffed animal is meant to be held and cuddled. It’s a great companion for school, doctor visits, road trips and airline flights. These stuffed animals are often called “huggables” because they give the same comforting feeling as being hugged. This deep touch pressure can help calm the body and mind, which is particularly helpful for kids with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder or other anxiety conditions.
Another benefit is that a weighted stuffed animal can be manipulated to promote proprioceptive input, which can also improve a child’s balance and coordination. For instance, a child who is slow to wake up in the morning can grab their FluffyWeight and drag it behind them as they get ready for the day. weighted stuffed animal