December is finally here, which means Christmas is just around the corner! As a parent, it can sometimes be challenging to create a Christmas shopping list for your child. In many cases, a child will ask for items that are either too expensive or not age appropriate. One thing that you may want to consider for your child this Christmas is a weighted blanket. This is probably not something that is atop your child’s wish list; however, it will benefit them in many ways. There is a good chance that your child will grow to love their weighted blanket. Here are some reasons why you should consider a weighted blanket a viable Christmas present for your child!
Does your child experience high levels of anxiety? What steps have you taken to help them with this issue? A weighted blanket will definitely not fix your child’s high anxiety levels, but it should be thought of as a useful tool. For many, the time a person climbs into bed at night to the time they fall asleep is a difficult period of the day. This is where we reflect on the day and everything that is going on in our lives. Our minds start racing with all sorts of unrealistic scenarios about what the future will bring. A weighted blanket will help to calm a child who should only be focused on falling asleep at night.
A weighted blanket is intended to comfort a person when they are sleeping. If you have never tried one before, try to envision someone is giving you a big hug. Studies have shown that weighted blankets are extremely helpful for children who struggle to fall asleep at night. This is because they have been shown to increase the body’s serotonin levels. This is a chemical in the body that promote relaxation and regulate a person’s mood. It is also essential for the creation of melatonin, which alerts your body to go to sleep.
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