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weighted blanket for an early waker?

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bialystockandbloom Mon 10-Dec-12 16:34:35

We found, just by chance, that ds slept longer with just an extra blanket on his bed (on top of duvet) - one of the old-fashioned woollen ones (with satin edges) iykwim. Can't say if it's definitely down to that but since the first night we put it on when it got cold, he has not woken up before 7.30.

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Mon 10-Dec-12 15:15:23

I have been looking at these people:
www.sensorydirect.com

whose blankets are apparently, CE marked and registered with the MHRA. Any knowledge/views?

Thanks for kind offer Lisa - may take you up on it if I can persude my mum to dig out her sewing machine after long hibernation (I could not sew if life depended on it)

lisad123 Sun 09-Dec-12 22:57:08

Please make sure it is made safely and should be no more than 10% of his body weight plus 1-2lb extra if needed.
They should always be made with poly pellets.
I can make them but being honest my time at the moment means its not likely I can BUT if you know someone who can sew, I can send instructions and where to buy pellets ect.

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Sun 09-Dec-12 21:36:34

perhaps it might be of most use to re-settle him after an early rising, then.

BabeRuthless Sun 09-Dec-12 18:34:20

Just a quick note about weighted blankets. Ds has one and I've been advised by his OT not to use it for more that 30 mins at a time. What the other poster advised might be better for your son.

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Sun 09-Dec-12 17:59:42

that is a very nifty idea, thank you so much!

PolterGoose Sun 09-Dec-12 15:19:31

Definitely worth a try. Before spending out in one you can make a temporary one to test if it helps with an old duvet cover.

With the duvet cover right side cut off the bottom end close to the stitching where the poppers are, mark a line about 15cm parallel to the long sides and sew along it to make 2 long pockets the length of the cover. Fill the pockets with cheap rice and sew across the end where the poppers used to be. Drape it across the top of the bed so the rice filed pockets weight down the bedding.

KarlosKKrinkelbeim Sun 09-Dec-12 13:10:35

DS (6, ASD) has never been a trouble getting off to sleep but he has consistently woken early. Formerly it was around 5-5.30, but it seems to be creeping forward an hour or so, and you can see he is shattered during the day. If he has a really early one it definitely affects his school performance too.
He has almost no nighttime baldder control. I go in at my bedtime and put him in a dry pair of PJ pants, this often wakes him but he goes straight to sleep afterwards. If I don;t do this he will invariably be soaked by morning.
I have removed toys and other stimulants from his room but he still has his adored digital clock - I've a feeling that when he wakes he lies and gazes at it til it ticks round to 6.00 (which is when I get up for work and he is officially allowed to rise). It would be hard but I would have a go at removing this if it would help.
When he woke this morning (4.30) I got into bed with him to encourage him to rest. he was happy enough to do this but he didn;t sleep. He makes a lot of jerky movements and cannot seem to keep himself still. When I rested part of my weight on him he seemed a lot more able to stay still. It is this that makes me think a weighted blanket might help, either for him to go to bed with, or I could put it on him when I change him and go to bed. Any views or experience would be gratefully received. Also, any hints as to where a weighted blanket can be purchased cheaply!

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