It’s like a comforting hug.

By Christie Calucchia
Updated September 23, 2019

In case you missed it, weighted blankets have become one of the most popular (and some say effective) sleep and relaxation aids you can buy. Like the sound machines and salt lamps that came before them, the blankets are revolutionizing the way people unwind and relax.

They first piqued our attention when they landed on Pinterest’s list of top trends back in 2018. Since then, they’ve only become more popular and people love them for their purported ability to do everything from promote deeper sleep to ease anxiety.

It’s no secret that many adults turn to weighted blankets to provide comfort and security, but the clever item is also ideal for kids. If your little one is struggling with sleep or has trouble winding down, consider trying out this weighted blanket for kids from Quility. It’s currently a number one best-seller on Amazon, racking up over 8,300 five-star reviews.

The seven-layered blanket features a 100 percent cotton outer layer for breathable softness. It’s lined with polyester padding containing millions of micro glass beads that give the blanket its soothing weight designed to feel like a comforting hug.

Unlike other weighted blankets, this one comes with a removable duvet cover meant to provide extra warmth during the cold winter months while leaving flexibility for a lighter option during the summertime. You can easily remove or add the layer with a handy zipper and a corner tie that keeps it in place.

The best part? The duvet cover is machine-washable. You can also launder the inner blanket, although you’ll have to hand wash it or take it to the dry cleaners. It’s even available in a variety of colors so you can personalize it to match your child’s personality or bedroom decor.

In the overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon, shoppers noted that it’s incredibly soft, worth the cost, and has really helped their loved ones with anxiety and sleep troubles.

“My son has been using it for just under a week and we have seen tremendous results. He is sleeping better and longer, wakes up more rested and in a better mood. It definitely is helping us start the school year off right,” one reviewer wrote.

“We discovered that my 17-year-old son may have some sensory processing issues and on a hunch I purchased this blanket for him,” another shopper explained. “He put the duvet cover on and slept with it overnight [and] when I saw him the next day he was responsive and looked rested. I asked how he liked it and he BEAMED; he loved it. [He] said he started to get antsy and pulled the blanket up, calmed right down. The soft-silky feel of the duvet was perfect for him; he loves any blanket with that texture.”

If you’re curious if the weighted blanket could help your child feel calm and get a better night’s rest, just be sure to select the right size before purchasing. The blanket comes in multiple sizes and weights, and the brand recommends selecting a blanket that weighs about 10 to 12 percent of the user’s body weight. And when in doubt, go with a lighter size to get in on all of the feel-good benefits.

To buy: From $75;