(Part of this review was also published in my ADHD/Autism/Special Needs Gift Guide!)
Children with autism, ADHD, and various other special needs are often
calmed and centered by holding, pushing, or being covered with a heavy
object. Kristi Samson, the owner of Peace Weighted Products
and also the mother of two children with special needs, makes weighted
stuffed animals and other things for children. She started her store in
order to provide weighted products at a more affordable price than many
of the other stores out there sell. I had the opportunity to review one
of her products recently
and my opinion is that her products are high quality, durable, and
Kristi asked me if I would like to review a lap pad or a weighted stuffed animal. Of course, you know, I chose the stuffed animal! I love animals... even stuffed ones. I had not looked at pictures of the weighted stuffed animals Kristi
makes, and I was somehow expecting some sort of weighted pillow shaped
like an animal. I was delighted to get this tiger in the mail!
He is very soft and snuggly, with floppy arms and legs. He weighs about two pounds. I wasn't sure that would be enough weight for me... ideally I would sleep with a 150 pound blanket over me... although it would definitely be heavy enough for a child. However, I found that sleeping with him sitting on my belly actually helped... and he also helps me get work done when he sits on my lap while I'm at the computer!
The weighted stuffed animals Kristi makes
include a cow, a monkey, a pig, dogs, cats, a dinosaur, a giraffe, a
ladybug, teddy bears, a lion, and a tiger. These stuffed animals look
just like a regular stuffed animal you'd find in a toy store, with sweet
faces and soft fur. They are weighted with bean bag pouches filled with
nontoxic aquarium gravel. Stuffing is then added around the bean bag
pouches, so they are still soft and cuddly instead of crunchy!
suggests many ways that a weighted stuffed animal can be used by a
child. For instance, a child can carry his stuffed animal while going on
an errand with his family, such as to the grocery store. The heavy
object in his arms serves to help him stay calm and grounded, while also
keeping his hands busy and less likely to touch random objects. It can
act as a transitional object that the child can bring with him from
home, to school and other places.
Peace Weighted Products also makes weighted blankets, lap pads, neck wraps, and shirts. Be sure to check them out!
With the holidays coming up, a weighted stuffed animal would make a great gift for some lucky kid! (Or adult... as you can see, I am very happy with my tiger!)