Frequently Asked Questions about Weighted Blankets

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Weighted blankets provide a gentle pressure on the body which helps people with insomnia, anxiety, autism, sensory processing disorders and stress feel a sense of calmness and relaxation. Weighted blankets mimic deep pressure touch stimulation (DPTS) which releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that creates the feeling of calm and converts to melatonin, a hormone that provides calm and sleep. Weighted blankets are not for everyone on the spectrum, but we are pleased to know from some parents that our weighted blankets have brought calm and comfort to their children.


Poly Cotton Blankets: The first thing to consider is what sleeping conditions suit you best. If you sleep with the window opened a crack in cold weather or use an overhead fan; if you toss off blankets during the night because you are too warm, then you would probably like a lightweight fabric like cotton or poly cotton. Cynthia's Weighted Blankets are made with 4 layers of breathable poly cotton fabric which combines the softness of cotton and the durability of polyester that will not cause you to become overheated POLY COTTON IS THE IDEAL FABRIC FOR WEIGHTED BLANKETS. Four Season Blankets: Our four-season blankets are ones that can be used year-round. One side is made with two layers of poly cotton while the other side is made with plush chenille which is super soft. These blankets can be used year-round because the combination of the poly cotton side will keep you cool on a warm night and chenille side will keep you warm on those chilly nights.


The ONE and ONLY established standard industry formula for determining the correct weight for a weighted blanket is 10% of body weight. Cynthia's Weighted Blankets are made in 1 pound increments to ensure that you get the correct weight for your body. We make them from 4 lbs up to 25 lbs. in different sizes. Even amounts of plastic poly pellets are distributed in grids throughout the blankets. There are many companies importing mass produced weighted blankets from China. They created their own formula (7% - 12%) to suit the set weights they have available to purchase (10 lbs, 15 lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs)


We use virgin polypropylene pellets (never recycled), colorless, odorless, hypoallergenic, nontoxic and BPA free. It’s even considered food safe but I don’t think anyone will want to eat these. Even amounts of plastic poly pellets are distributed in grids throughout the blankets.


Our weighted products are custom made so refunds are not normally possible, unless the order is incorrect because of size, weight, fabric or colour errors. If an order has not entered the production process, cancellation is possible with our prior approval. We will replace any item which is damaged during transit, providing you ship the damaged item complete with its damaged packaging back to us (at your expense) within 3 days of receiving it. Our goal is to ensure complete customer satisfaction, so please contact us at if you have an issue and we will work with you to resolve your concern.


​You can use your own washer and dryer for Cynthia's Weighted Blankets up to 17lbs. Blankets can be machine washed separately using a normal cycle. Machine dry using a low to medium heat setting. Do not use bleach. Treat stains prior to washing. Do not iron, dry clean or microwave. Any blanket weighing more than 17 lbs should be laundered in extra large capacity machines like those in the laundromats simply because they need more space.
Our weighted blankets are made to easily withstand machine washing and drying. You certainly do not have to wash them by hand. You don't have to lay them flat for or hang them for days to dry. Our weighted blankets are made with a top-quality cotton and poly blend and filled with polypropylene pellets that are the best on the market. That makes them easy to wash and dry in your own home. A weighted blanket that has glass beads or ground glass in it cannot be washed and dried in the normal manner on laundry day. That is why the mass producers add a cover to make is sound like a laundry solution.


Blankets are custom made to order and made one at a time. This way you can choose the colour, fabric, size and weight you would like. Weighted blankets are made to size for the individual person using it at 10% of their body weight. The person using it will benefit most from the right size blanket when it is made to fit the size of their body. When blankets are made as a queen or king size most of the pellets are wasted laying on the bed rather than on the person for it to be effective. Shoulder wraps are comforting for tired shoulders. Wearing a wrap can feel like someone is hugging your shoulders or giving you a calming massage. Lap pads or restless leg blankets are smaller and lighter than a blanket which is great for using it when sitting at a desk, on the floor or travelling in a car. Below are average sizes and weights. Please note, you can change up the sizes and weights upon request but should keep the weight to 10% of your body weight. ​Neck Wraps measure 8”x36” and weighs 2 or 3 lbs. Lap Pads/Restless Leg measures 22”x36” and weighs 2,3 or 4 lbs. Toddler size measures 30" x 45" and weighs of 4, 5, or 6 lbs. Youth size measures 38" x 58" and weighs 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 lbs. Teen size measures 42" x 66" and weighs 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 lbs. Adult size measures 42" x 76" and weighs 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 or 25 lbs. Contrast that to the mass-produced blankets that usually come in one size, 48" x 78" and weigh only 10, 15, 20 or 25 lbs. Does that make sense to you?


We offer free shipping within Canada every day! How do we do that??? ​We do our own advertising, photography, website design, etc. Also, should you be local, we offer a 10% discount on items that will be picked up rather than shipped. Please use Promo Code 'Pick Up' when you view your cart.


Weighted blankets are INTENDED to cover the body and not the bed. The average body requires 37" of reclining space. Example: ​​ If you were to put a person weighing 150 lbs into a king size bed, he/she would be kind of lost in all that space. If you were to make a 15 lb king size weighted blanket for that same person, the 15 lbs would be spread out so much that the individual would not get any effect of the DEEP PRESSURE TOUCH STIMULATION resulting in total disappointment. It is the individual pockets of weight on the body that creates benefits. The portion of the weight of the blanket which is not on the body is wasted. A heavy blanket is just a heavy blanket that causes you to become overheated.

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