Weighted Blanket Weights
POLY-PRO PELLETS ARE THE "TOP OF THE LINE" AND THE ONLY WEIGHT MATERIAL CHOICE FOR
The type of weighting material used in weighted blankets is THE MOST IMPORTANT factor to consider when thinking about purchasing or making your own weighted blanket.
If a manufacturer does not clearly state information about what is weighting their blanket, please ask them............
Only high quality Poly-Pro Pellets are purchased in bulk and used in weighting DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets. These pellets are of a higher quality than those more commonly used in dolls, stuffed animals and other toys. DreamCatcher Weighted Blankets is the only weighted product manufacturer currently using the Poly-Pro Pellet in their weighted products.
PolyPro Pellets are a polypropylene product originating in the United States. They are are non-porous, round and smooth, and rated to a high temperature of 600 degrees making them withstand high washing and drying temperatures. Poly Pro Pellets are non-toxic, hypoallergenic and rated to meet infectious control policies required by many medical facilities. Poly Pros are also rated as a "virgin" pellet in the industry, meaning they have not been used before or recycled from used items. They are SAFE, machine washable and dryable, and proven highly effective in applying deep pressure. We are happy to supply a MSD sheet upon request.
A customer asked how the PolyPro pellets we use compare to the medical grade pellets they saw on another weighted blanket site. We can't say, because the pellet industry does not rate a pellet as "medical grade" used in a weighted blanket application. We always suggest requesting an MSDS sheet from any weighted blanket manufacturer to get an accurate description of the pellets being used in their product.
WEIGHTING MATERIALS THAT SHOULD
BE USED IN A WEIGHTED BLANKET AND WHY.
A number of weighted blankets made in past years and a few still on the market today are made without little thought as to their safety, effectiveness or comfort. Many are being poorly made with inferior or unsafe materials such as lead, sand, stones or river rock, steel shot, beans, rice, corn, popcorn, aquarium gravel or stone, sandblasting glass beads, layers of additional fabric, weighted discs or metal washers etc. being used as the weighting material. These materials are unsafe, imperfect and/ or impractical for a variety of reasons, and will in some way either lessen the life of a blanket considerably or make it unusable. A few blanket manufacturers falsely claim , that stones or corn are a more effective weight than poly pellets. Both stone or river rock and corn are porous and should never be used in a weighted product, these types of weighting material are frankly just very cheap materials for those manufacturers who use them. Neither stone or corn, have been scientifically proven as a superior or more effective weight than poly pellets when weighting blankets. It is a disservice to consumers in stating otherwise.
Never use low quality or recycled poly pellets in a
There is quite a variety of pellet grades on the
market. Many , such as those used in toys, have low temperature ratings and care must be given in
choosing the right quality for weighted products. Often low quality
pellets are recycled from things like used milk plastic jugs or
cartons, food or water
containers and often old car batteries.
If a weighted blanket manufacturer suggests cold water wash and line drying their blankets , it may be that the pellet being used is a lower quality pellet.
Never use sand, fine stone or glass beads in a
Sand or fine stone , can never be effectively washed, is an extremely unsafe weighting material, as it contains silica, and should never be used as a weighting material. In addition to the health risk of lung damage , blankets made with sand will eventually leak and the blanket will become gritty. Glass beads used mainly as an abrasive sandblasting material is a material that is not rated as non-toxic or hypo allergenic. If enough pressure is supplied to glass beads it can be broken or crushed.
Never use aquarium stone, gravel, even grade stone, fine grade river rock or stone, or any type of stone or corn in a weighted product
Blankets made with aquarium gravel, any type of stone or rock, field corn or feed grade corn are
unsanitary, often have very sharp or pointed edges and are likely to harm the user,
and can never be effectively washed.
Because these types of weighting materials are always porous, they retain moisture
even when the outside appears dry,
causing mold, inside the blanket. In addition, those with pointed edges will cut
and wear through the fabric in a relatively small period of time, especially
with machine washing and drying.
Never use heavy metal discs or leaded washers for weight
Certainly anything made of lead should not be used in a weighted blanket if only because they are made of lead. Metal weighting material is very inexpensive because it takes less material but it also will rust over time and will render the weighted blanket an unusable. Medical facilities that use a weighted blanket with patients for testing such as an MRI must never use a product made with metal.
Inferior Plastic Pellets Or Polystyrene Pellets Are Substandard Weighting Materials
Inferior plastic pellets
and polystyrene pellets should also be avoided as a weighting material. Inferior
plastic pellets are often termed as "recycled " pellets and should be
considered unsafe for use in weighted blankets. Recycled pellets are often made
from used plastic milk jugs or cartons, plastic water and soda bottles, old plastic
containers, and old car batteries. These type of pellets
are not normally smooth or round and may not be of a non-toxic or hypoallergenic grade.
Polystyrene pellets ,often used in stuffed toys and bean bags, are a Styrofoam type of material, very light weight ,
unwashable and not at all suitable for a weighted blanket.
*Never use any type of organic material
in a weighted product
Blankets filled with rice, beans, flax, popcorn, corn or any organic material can never be effectively washed. One of the very first blankets we made for our son was weighted with rice. I almost washed it!!! What a nightmare that would have been!!! We only used the "rice" blanket a few weeks, as it quickly began to smell and had to be thrown away.If these types of weighting materials are micro waved to warm, get wet from accidents, or are used in high humidity areas, the weighting material will quickly deteriorate, mold, emit odors and attract pets, insects and other undesirable pests. Covers for these types of blankets may be washed but the problem will still persist with the blanket itself. Removable weights filled with organic materials will also present the same problem, making the blanket useless.
Using Additional Fabric Layers to Weight
a Blanket Defeats the Purpose
We receive calls every week
where someone states they sleep under many blankets to help them sleep, and they
get sooo HOT and have to kick them off! Weighted Blankets that simply use more fabric,
heavier fabric or
stuffed with scraps of fabric for weighting material are no more practical
and much less cost effective than just using many blankets piled up for
weight. With poor construction, the inner fabric will bunch inside the blanket
rendering it unusable. As is the case with using many blankets to reach
desired weight, this type of weighted blanket is normally much too warm for
heat sensitive individuals. Precise weight can not be reached with this type of
Blankets on the market today which are made so you can remove and add weight are normally filled with a weighting material that can not be properly washed, such as corn. The removable weights are easy for the youngsters to pull out, which many do , making this type of blanket impractical or unusable. Several of our customers, reported that removable weight blankets they had previously tried , found that initially the weights are easy to remove but, are difficult to impossible to replace back into the pockets or cells once the blankets have been washed and dried only after a few times.
>In addition, by comparing
the pocket and cell design blankets, with the DreamCatcher tm Blanket design, you
will find, that the pocket and cell designs are extremely
expensive as their makers will confirm. The pocket and cell design blanket is cost prohibitive to the
consumer, having to buy both the blanket and weight sets separately. The
advantage is sometimes expressed as the blanket can "grow with the user",
because weight may be added. Unfortunately the blanket fabric size itself will
remain the same so actually growth is not possible as the size of the blanket
must be increased also.
We chose NOT to use the pocket blanket design for the following additional reasons. The pocket design allows weights to be removed, adjusted or concentrated in one area, which most professionals discourage . It now appears that the removable weight design has proven problematic because the weights can be too heavily concentrated ,causing discomfort to the user.
The adding of Aromatherapy is not desired and normally always avoided by sensory sensitive individuals, making it an unnecessary expense. The pocket design is MUCH more expensive than the DreamCatcher tm design, and listening to our customers, cost is always a VERY important priority. We are extremely happy to be able to pass any type of savings on to our clients. DreamCatcher tm Weighted Blankets also offer a blanket exchange program to further help our clients with expenses.
We understand expense as we are also raising a special needs child.