There are a lot of throw blankets in our house draped over chairs or couches ready to be grabbed. Most are very soft, light, comfortable, and can be quickly tossed around your body or onto your lap. Beware, if you pick-up a Baloo weighted blanket, you might think someone is pulling a prank on you. It looks just like a regular blanket, but it requires two hands to grab it and pull it over your body. The smallest weighted blanket that Baloo offers weighs in at twelve pounds. It can be used as a throw blanket or as a twin comforter and may change how you think about the desirable characteristics of a blanket.
Draping a weighted blanket on your body gives an immediate sense of comfort. The weighted pressure on the body gives the feeling of a hug, which encourages the production of serotonin and calms the nervous system. In our buying guide to weighted blankets, we outline how weighted blankets work. The primary benefits include a reduction in stress and anxiety and help users obtain better sleep. Studies have shown that those with insomnia and autism find benefits in regularly using weighted blankets.
The Baloo weighted blanket feels somewhere in-between a quilt and a comforter. The overall feeling is sturdy, soft, and smooth with a thin and soft batting. When draping the blanket of your body, it offers a pleasant deep pressure. The closest feeling I can describe it to is when you are at the dentist, and they put the lead bib on you to protect your organs from radiation. While the overall experience of getting x-rays is not enjoyable, it wasn't until recently that I realized that I enjoyed the feeling of the lead vest on my chest. The deep pressure from a weighed object was a soothing feeling.
The fabric itself is cotton and seems breathable. While I haven't used the blanket year-round yet, the weighted blanket gives the impression that it is cool enough to use year-round. During the colder months, the Baloo weighted blanket works under a traditional comforter. The goal of the weighted blankets isn't warmth but the weight.
The shell of the weighted blanket is made from 100% cotton and consists of baffles (sewn pockets) filled with tiny lead-free glass beads. It is these large numbers of relatively small baffles (5x5″, 1x4″, 1x1″) that keep the filling evenly distributed and well balanced. The beads are so small; they almost feel like pieces of sand. A thin layer of polyester also keeps the glass beads quiet and from moving around too much. The overall weight of the blanket is immediately noticeable, but the filling texture isn't.
Below is a photo of the Baloo weighted blanket beads inside of the blanket. We held the blanket up to a light source to show how the beads sit. Baloo blanket features small squares and additional seams to keep the blanket balanced even when the beads shift to one side or another.
The 12 lb. Baloo weighted blanket works as both a throw and a twin-sized comforter. As a throw blanket, the weight is perfect. Wrap the blanket around your body to start feeling the pressure from the weight. Folded on your lap, the additional weight increase the pressure on your lap.
As a comforter in bed, the Baloo 12 lb. weighted blanket fits the dimensions of a twin-sized mattress. It will not drape over the mattress like a traditional comforter. The experience of sleeping with the weighted blanket will vary among sleepers. It will depend mainly on your sleeping position, body type, and movements throughout the night. At 12 lbs, it won't move around your mattress with ease. My daughter weighs about 70 lbs and used the blanket as a comforter. It took her some getting used to when rolling over or turning in bed. It wasn't a claustrophobic struggle but was a significant difference in how the body moves typically with a typical comforter. When using it as an adult, you roll around under it more than you would with a traditional comforter rather than moving it around with you.
Duvet covers for Baloo weighted blankets can be purchased separately for protection and visual appeal. Without a duvet cover, the Baloo weighted blanket looks a little out of place. However, duvet cover costs $99-180, which is almost as expensive as the actual weighted blanket. It might be possible to find a less expensive duvet cover, but it is essential to find one with the hooks or strings to attach the comforter to the duvet cover to prevent bunching. The weighted blanket isn't necessarily unattractive but, having visible fabric hooks on all four edges and two in the middle makes it look unfinished without a duvet cover. If the weighted blanket with a traditional comforter, it could be placed between the sheet and another blanket and might remain hidden from view.
Below you can find the dimensions and weight of the Baloo weighted blankets. Weighted blankets should be chosen based on the bed size but also the weight of the person using the blanket. The ideal weight of a weighted blanket should be close to 10% of a person's ideal body weight. Here is our guide to what weight of blanket should I buy.
|Twin / Throw||12 lbs.||3.5′ x 6′|
|Queen||15-20 lbs.||60″ x 80″|
|King||20-25 lbs.||80″ x 87″|
Below are the weighted blanket prices from when buying direct from BalooLiving.com
The Baloo weighted blanket promotes deep rest with the weighted pressure. The fabric is thick, breathable, and feels cooler than other weighted blankets. The glass beads are small, quiet, and help the blanket wrap snugly around your body. Baloo offers a wide range of blanket sizes (12-20 lb) that will work for both youth and adults. The Baloo Living weighted blanket is a great mid-priced option to help reduce anxiety and help with sleep. We recommend getting the duvet cover with the blanket. The Baloo weighted blankets have a lifetime guarantee on the materials and workmanship. Baloo accepts returns up to 30 days minus the shipping costs.
Have you tried the Baloo weighted blanket? Leave us a comment below about what you like about the blanket or what could use improvement.