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One Little Trick to Help Kids on the Spectrum Sleep Longer & Deeper at Night & During Naps

As parents of kids on the autism spectrum, we've all heard about weighted blankets. But do they actually work? Listen to what this grandmother has to say about the Snuggle Pro weighted blanket:

"I bought this blanket for our 6 y.o. granddaughter (who is high functioning on the autism spectrum). After just one night, my daughter told me it really does the job. My little girl is absolutely in love with her new blanket, so much so that she tried to take it to school (LOL). She gave up her other worn out blanket without a tantrum. Super soft and hypoallergenic. Easy to clean since it's machine washable. Very thoughtful packaging. Comes with a free storage bag. Bamboo fabric too!!!

When she’s over to visit, it’s been hard to keep my granddaughter down for naps – until now! She recently said "Nonnie, that was THE BEST NAP EVER" :) ...and she woke up super relaxed (rather than her usual grouchy self). Not only does she sleep longer, but she also likes to have it nearby when she watches Sponge Bob (her favorite cartoon). She also loves that one side is cool and the other side is warm. Very satisfied Customer!! This is a “must-have” product if you have a preschooler with an autism spectrum disorder."

Snuggle Pro Weighted Blanket for Kids - 7 lbs Heavy Blanket, 41''x60'' - Set with Bamboo & Minky Reversible Duvet Cover - Natural Sleep Aid for Children, Adults - Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket

  • Anonymous said... We tried one as it was recommended by a receptionist at the doctor's believe it or not! It was amazing! We were at our wits end and as soon as it arrived it was like a miracle!
  • Anonymous said... My son loves his.
  • Anonymous said... One more thing to add, my son wet the bed until he was almost five years old. We used a weighted blanket and he stopped within about two to three days!

Snuggle Pro Weighted Blanket for Kids - 7 lbs Heavy Blanket, 41''x60'' - Set with Bamboo & Minky Reversible Duvet Cover - Natural Sleep Aid for Children, Adults - Calming Comfort Weighted Blanket

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