The Blanket That Hugs You Back...Since 1998

How the Weighted Blanket was Invented...

The year was 1997. We were driving home on a long family road trip. My 10-year-old daughter, always looking for little ways to show her love, draped a Beanie Baby, “Pugsly,” on my shoulder to keep me company while I drove. I immediately noticed how the weight of the little beads inside the stuffed toy made it hug my shoulder and made me feel relaxed. I thought-Wouldn’t it be great if you had an entire blanket filled with those little beads? It would be the blanket that hugs you back.

That was the inspiration that lead to the first weighted blanket.  My wife made a few prototypes to better understand how the concept would actually work and look in the real world.  After many broken needles and failed designs, we finally had a weighted blanket to show to our neighbors and friends.  One of those friends was a special needs teacher.  Giving her sensory-seeking students a firm hug had long been one of her preferred methods to calm and comfort her students during anxious moments in the classroom. When I told her about the idea behind the heavy blanket, she was very interested in trying it out with her students. When I saw her that weekend, the first thing she said was, “I need more of your special blankets.  I need a lot more.”  

Her feedback was more than encouraging.  It was heartwarming and inspiring.  She told us that once she put the blanket on her students, she immediately saw her once anxious and active kids calm down and relax.  For her, it was a breakthrough for her students.  For us, it was a calling to bring calm and comfort to everyone. Over 20 years later, weighted blankets have found their way into the mainstream. And we have found joy and satisfaction making it all possible.

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Hi, I have a son that is a former Marine and he served in Afghanistan and has PTSD. What is the process of getting him on the list to get a free blanket? We have his DD 214 and medical diagnosis.
Thank you,
Valerie Fryman

Staci Cassarino
Staci Cassarino 1 May 12:27

@laurene. Believe me, the price held me back for a few months before I just hit the order button. I will say with absolute confidence that these blankets are worth every single penny. I have a son w insomnia and anxiety and it is the difference in his ability to function on a daily basis. We now are proud owners of 3 in our home and I am eyeing up the new summer ones. I am not a paid sponsor, just a mom who was reluctant at first but is so glad I went with this company. They get softer with time and have held up beautifully after many many washes.

Katie Payea
Katie Payea 17 Apr 12:53

Is it possible to make a weighted vest?
Would you consider making these for those who have anxiety? it could easily be used in public places rather than having to lug a blanket around, plus other people being curious as to why you are wearing a blanket.

Thank you gor continuing to make your blankets here in the USA. That was a very big factor I my purchase. I also love the value you serve by offering the “Couples’” package blanket discount.

The Magic Blanket
The Magic Blanket 19 Aug 11:45

@Laurene We try to keep costs as low as possible while still being able to make them in the USA. However, these blankets are very expensive to make and time consuming. Due to the detailed design to make the weight evenly spread out. We ensure a great quality weighted blanket that will last!

Laurene Hamilton
Laurene Hamilton 19 Aug 11:41

Why must they be so expensive?

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