What is a weighted lap pad?
Much like a weighted blanket, but on a smaller scale, a weighted lap pad, is a sensory tool that offers deep touch pressure to a person’s legs as it rests on the lap when in a seated position. Sizes are an approximate and may differ slightly in size from that listed.
Who can benefit from a weighted blanket or lap pad?
Weighted lap pads and weighted blankets are recommended by occupational therapists for…
- Alzheimer’s / Dementia
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Anxiety / Depression / PTSD
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sensory Processing Disorder
How do weighted blankets and lap pads work?
Weighted blankets provide relaxation and a grounded feeling. They work like a hug (and like deep touch pressure provided by Occupational Therapists) to release seratonin, the body’s happy neurotransmitter, and melatonin, the body’s natural sleep regulating hormone. They also provide a secure, grounded feeling for those struggling with sensory issues.
How are they constructed?
Weighted blankets are created with a grid of sections, each filled with a calculated amount of filling, so the weight of the blanket is evenly distributed across the user’s body.
We reinforce our blankets with 1 seam and 2 top-stitches made with strong polyester thread. This creates a triple border to keep the glass microbeads contained so your blanket can be washed in a machine washer/dryer (see instructions below).
100% cotton flannel material is soft and slightly fuzzy. The backing is made of super-soft and smooth dimple dot minky material (100% polyester).
Filled with glass microbeads. We use glass microbeads because they are washable, non-allergenic, non-porous, virtually indestructible, smoother and more “fluid” within the blanket, and 3 times denser than plastic pellets used by many others in the industry. This makes our blankets thinner, easier to fold, maneuver, wash, and transport.
How do I wash my weighted blanket or lap pad?
Weighted blankets/lap pads may be cleaned in your home washer and dryer. We recommend that you place weighted blanket in center of a full load of other clothes/towels/blankets to maintain balance. For blankets heavier than 14 lbs, cleaning in an industrial washer/dryer may be preferable. Not responsible for damage to washers/dryers or blankets due to washing.
Are there any medical concerns?
Please consult with a medical professional if the intended user has any medical condition that may be affected by the weight of the blanket, such as circulation or muscular issues.
By purchasing our products, you release Flat Hippo from any liability and assume full responsibility for the care and use of your items. If you have any further questions regarding the use of this item, please consult a medical professional or occupational therapist.