UK’s Top 5 Weighted Blankets & Why You Should Buy One for Your Autistic Child

Updated October 2, 2020

Written By: SleepBo Research Team

"These sleep issues tend to worsen behavioral challenges, interfere with learning and decrease overall quality of life."

All around the world parents with autistic children have been raving about the magic that comes with a weighted blanket. Experts back up those claims, using weighted blankets to help calm or comfort restless or stressed individuals, as well as sleep and anxiety issues that are common with autistic children and even adults. All amazing reasons why you might want to purchase one for your autistic child and perhaps even one for yourself.

Parents often feel stressed whether they have an autistic child or not. That said, it’s known that autistic children simply don’t sleep well. More than a few studies report that parents of autistic children experience more stress than those without and when you consider that a parent’s stress affects the child, finding a low-cost solution to parenting stress is a must. Many choose the weighted blanket, with some saying it’s the best purchase they’ve made in years

Best purchase I've made in years! Helps my 7 year old ADHD & ASD child settle a lot quicker at bed time & get a good night sleep. Plus, it helps calm my anxiety in minutes.

Suze Read, a happy mom

Picking the Perfect Weighted Blanket

The best weighted blankets:

  • weigh approximately 5kg.
  • are machine washable
  • are highly breathable, yet soft and comforting
  • use BPA-free, non-toxic glass beads
  • match your home décor

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference — choose a blanket with the qualities mentioned above and you might enjoy a more stress free future. Blanket £49 (SleepBo’s Choice!)

We can’t get enough of this blanket!

With it’s lush and velvety touch,’s weighted blanket is made to form to your body, providing the perfect cuddle on the couch and in bed. Filled with BPA-free glass beads, is designed for comfort, relaxation, and sleeping. Plus, it’s machine washable and comes in two amazing colours—a soft grey and luscious blue!

One happy customer stated: “I have an autistic son who also has adhd. He has been really struggling with sleep since the Covid pandemic, even his melatonin hasn’t been working! After the blanket arrived, we have had 4 beautiful nights of sleep. He has also used the blanket during a meltdown to help soothe himself. It is so well made and sooo soft.
Thank you Kuddly for your amazing customer service.”

(see what other happy Kuddly Customers had to say)


Using its deep touch technology that calms the nervous system, the Koala blanket helps stabilize your stress levels, increases your relaxation and improves your sleep. Made from bamboo and cotton, the Koala blanket is eco-friendly, durable, and competitively priced. With its two sided cover, you can use the silk eco bamboo side on those warmer nights, or the ultra-soft minky side on cooler days. 

One customer stated: “…I’ve been using my blanket for nearly a week now and it has totally transformed my sleep. For months now, I have had great difficulty sleeping, a new and unusual experience for me. I have tried natural and medical remedies to no avail. But now, I am sleeping so much better…”

YnM Weighted Blanket £89

The YNM is our third choice for its moisture-wicking management and bamboo viscose properties, providing all year round comfort. Plus, there are two extra layers of durable and breathable fabrics ensuring there a nore leaks of beads, or breaks in the blanket. It also allows you to pick the weight you want and comes in a variety of colours. That said, it’s on the pricier side.

One happy customer said: “I suffered from insomnia for most of my life and it has affected work, not being able to get up in the morning, every morning, and now always having a horrible day is completely fixed. I am off to sleep within minutes of getting into bed with this blanket. It is very heavy to hold and rather cumbersome to put on my bed, but stays in place once on. Would highly recommend purchasing!”

ZZZNEST Weighted Blanket £89

ZZZNEST uses 7 layers of fabric and small diamond tight stitching to prevent movement of the beads in the blanket, allowing for the most comfortable and sound sleep. Targeting disorders like RLS and anxiety, ZZZNEST promotes calmness and restfulness, allowing you to sleep much more soundly. Its beautiful grey colour is bound to compliment any room.

A customer states that: “Fantastic product … Comfortable and soft feel … Weighted but not heavy … Almost feels like you’re being held and gives a sense of comfort to anxiety sufferers like myself. It helps relax the body, I would recommend this to anybody, Fast efficient delivery … Thank you very much!!!”

Bedsure Weighted Blanket £89

This 15lbs weighted blanket triggers hormones that calm and soothe you, helping you achieve a deeper sleep. Its unique seven-layer process ensures maximum softness without feeling the filling on the inside. Bedsure is composed of breathable fabric and filled with comfortable glass beads. This weighted blanket will surely help you sleep better and feel much calmer.
A Happy Customer Says: “This blanket is brilliant! At first use, it is very heavy and trying to lift it up with your leg whilst in bed is very hard work if you are the kind that likes to ‘stick a leg out’ but after a few days, you get used to the weight. I will say, I sleep much sounder since I purchased this and getting to sleep no longer takes hours just minutes. If you have sleeping problems then this is marvellous!”

More about Kuddly, Sleepbo’s recommended weighted blanket:

“My daughter who is autistic has one of these and we would highly recommend. It has helped with sleeping and with anxiety. She has it in grey and it looks fantastic in her room . Thanks for a great product 10/10.”

Lindsay H. (a grateful Kuddly mother)

“Really love these blankets! I have two! Helps me relax at the end of the day & I get a much deeper sleep if I use it for bed. Kids love them for afternoon naps. Also helps my son with ASD calm down and regulate himself! Highly recommend!”

Lucy H (Happy Mother)

“I am autistic and have a sleep disorder. This is amazing in helping me fall asleep. It’s very very soft. It keeps me cool in summer and warm in winter. The weight is just right for me.”

Cheryl F. (a well-rested Kuddly customer)