The Bearaby Napper weighted blanket is unlike any other weighted blanket you have ever seen. Most weighted blankets are the same cotton squares filled with glass beads for weight with some variation of a duvet cover on top. The Bearaby Napper stands out from the crowd with a completely different style and technology. The blanket looks more like an afghan or throw blanket than a weighted blanket, but it weighs anywhere between 15-25 pounds without using glass beads or other fills.
Started in 2018, Bearaby's weighted blankets and bedding have grown in popularity for being comfortable, Instagram-worthy, and eco-friendly. Picked up by West Elm, the Napper is a sought after luxury blanket with an aesthetic that makes you want to touch it and wrap it around your body. Made from nothing but organic cotton, it contains no artificial materials. The weight of the blanket is purely from the fabric itself. It is just firm, chunky layered yarn handknitted in a wide loop weave.
Documented use of weighted blankets goes back to 1999 as a tool to help calm mental health patients. Over the past few years, the popularity of weighted blankets has exploded. Various studies have shown that weighted blankets improve sleep and emotional stability for many users. The blankets provide Deep Pressure Stimulation, which is a firm but gentle pressure that relaxes the nervous system. The pressure from the blanket promotes deeper sleep and increases relaxation by minimizing body movements. By reducing body movements, the REM cycle is less interrupted.
Those who have insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, Autism, and fibromyalgia have had benefits from using the blanket. The blanket isn't a cure-all, but it does have a relaxing effect on many users. The feeling of a weighted blanket on the body is commonly described as a friendly hug as the blanket wraps around the body and adds the gentle pressure. The Napper weighted blanket works as a comforter sleeping in bed or as a throw blanket. It can be draped on your lap or wrapped around your shoulders while getting comfortable on the couch or taking a nap.
There are three sizes to choose from, the 10, 15, and 25 lb blankets. The size of the weighted blanket you should be selected based on about 10% of your body weight. If you weigh 150 lbs, 10% is 15, so purchase a 15 lb blanket. If you are in the middle between two weights, we recommend you start with the lighter version. Get used to the lighter blanket and make sure it is right for you. Some users of weighted blankets that were too heavy find it claustrophobic or overwhelming and not useful for relaxation. Individual results will vary depending on your tolerance of the weighted pressure on your body, body position, how long you use the blanket at one time, and whether you are using it for sleeping or relaxing on the couch.
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The Napper comes in two different materials. The Classic Napper is made of organic cotton, and the Tree Napper is made of 50% TENCEL™, 45% organic cotton, 5% spandex. Tencel™ is the wood pulp from the Eucalyptus Tree. It is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, and cooler than linen.
The Bearaby Nappers are woven by hand out of organic cotton, and the price reflects the craftsmanship. At $249, it is a luxury weighted blanket and one of the most expensive weighted blankets we have reviewed. However, this blanket has so many things going for it. It's eco-friendly, gorgeous, tactile, soft, comforting, Instagram-worthy, and all the other features expected from a weighted blanket. The Napper is an investment in comfort, well-being, and better sleep.
The Bearaby Napper is 40″ x 48″, the size to fit the person, not the bed size. Bearaby describes The Napper as cozy, chunky, and delightful. Below we will explain what it looks like, the material and construction, and, most importantly, how the blanket feels.
The construction of The Napper is aesthetically pleasing with a super chunky knit. The wide loop weave isn't just designed to be adorable. The big weave creates large open spaces between the fabric.
The Bearaby Napper is available in colors that are deep and subdued. While some colors seem to always be out of stock, the colors include Asteroid Grey, Midnight Blue, Moonstone Grey (Light Grey), Evening Rose (Pink), Milky Way (Yellow).
The Napper features soft organic cotton. That's it. Most weighted blankets have a filling of glass beads or another substance. The Tree Napper is also just made of plant material but is a blend of 50% TENCEL™, 45% organic cotton, 5% spandex.
The organic cotton fabric is smooth, soft, and cool to the touch. The braiding is very stretchy, and it clings to your body. This clinging or contouring effect cocoons around the body. The Napper naturally wraps around the body a lot more than conventional weighted blankets. The braids almost feel massaging when you shift your body around them as the blanket moves against your body.
I couldn't stop touching the Bearaby Napper blanket.
With open construction, there are significant gaps between the weaves, especially when stretched out. The gaps in the blanket from the braids let air flow through and keep a pleasant, comfortable temperature. Many weighted blankets feature plush material that gets hot; this didn't get hot even after extended use.
The weave design also eliminates a common problem many weighted blankets suffer from, that is balance. The weave keeps a consistent weight balance from edge to edge.
Unlike any other weighted blanket we have tested, the Bearaby is an experience. While the Bearaby Napper works as a comforter, we found it better as a throw blanket. The blanket is very tactile, and while sleeping, that feature gets lost. One of my favorite parts of the Napper was just using it when reading or watching TV. I would stick if over my lap and legs, and my toes kept sneaking out between the weaves and would wiggle around on the soft cotton. It wasn't like the holes were so huge that my toes fell out, I just enjoyed the feeling of sticking them out.
My hands would also naturally feel around on top and in between the weaves. As a naturally fidgety person, the whole process of moving my toes and hands in the weaves was very satisfying. It very much reminded me of an afghan blanket I had when I was a kid, except The Napper is way softer and more comforting.
The Napper was very balanced from edge to edge. Because there are no beads, the weight can't shift and get unbalanced. The blanket naturally cocooned around my body in a snug but comfortable way. And when my body changed positions, the braids on the blanket had a very mild massaging effect they way it hit the skin.
We did notice it took some time for the blanket to unwind itself fully. The edges of the blanket seemed to curl under, and I found myself unrolling the sides of the blanket frequently for the first few days.
I was surprised at how cool (temperature-wise) the blanket remained. The significant gaps in the braids kept very cool. Some of the other plush blankets we have reviewed were just too hot.
The Napper is handknitted and machine washable. Wash separately in cool or warm water (max 30 degrees C) on delicate or permanent-press cycle. Tumble dry low. Keep in mind that The Napper will take more than one drying cycle to be thoroughly dried. Some reviewers who washed their Napper mentioned it took 3-5 cycles to dry the blanket in the washer. The blanket can also be dried by leaving it out, but do not hang it, or the weave will stretch out. One reviewer mentioned that after washing a 20-pound blanket, the blanket weighed 36 pounds and took 10 hours to dry completely.
Of course, it looks good in a photograph on Instagram. But did this non-traditional weighted blanket live up to the hype? It did, the Napper is just comfortable, it's eco-friendly, and the handmade craftsmanship is pretty impressive. While the use of the Napper could be in bed as a blanket, we preferred to enjoy The Napper while awake. It was soft, comfortable, and very tactile. The perfect blanket for lounging across multiple seasons as it remained cool, thanks to the gaps in the braids. We thoroughly enjoyed sticking our toes through the holes and letting our fingers squeeze and wrap around the cotton braids.
Have you tried the Bearaby Napper weighted blanket? Let us know about your experience.