My son's OT at Early Intervention has given us a Climagel weighted vest and blanket to try out before trying to save money to buy these.
My questions is: Does anyone here ever used a Climagel weighted vest on a 2yo? I understand how the weighted blanket works (though I don't like the look and feel of it, so I am going for a normal pelleted blanket instead) but not sure about the vest and the Early Intervention is on a 4 week break between terms. So I can't reach the OT.
I am wondering how often and for how long I would put the vest on him?
It weighs 2kg (that's 10% of his body weight) so that's quite heavy. I'm concerned it is going to ruin his posture and damage the growth of his spine.
Plus it is made of some kind of nylon which will be not very comfortable to wear too often in summertime. He'll have to have a t-shirt underneath and one on top to prevent damage and soiling.
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22-09-2012 13:46 #1-
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Climagel Weighted vest/blanket
Last edited by Misschief; 22-09-2012 at 14:40. Reason: Because I can ;)
23-09-2012 15:43 #2
We bought one for DS from Nana's Weighted Blankets.
They have 4 pockets inside, 2 in front and 2 in back, and the bag of beans in each pocket are removable and are 500g each.
At his age and weight (6yrs and 18kg) he only uses 2 bags of beans, so he only has a combined weight on of 1kg, that's his choice and finds it better.
He uses his at school when sitting at the desk doing writing etc. It keeps his wiggly bottom still and his body calm.
During other activities like floor time or outside, he doesn't wear it, he just takes his fidget toy.
Our OT said they can wear it for 3 hours, with a half hour break in between.
He wears it probably for 3 hours in total, but split over the whole day.
His one is cotton, quite plain, and easy to wear over his school shirt.
Machine washable too which is great.
25-09-2012 21:53 #3-
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Hmmm the Climagel vest is different. There are no pockets and no beans you can remove. It's a solid vest that's made out of vinyl chambers filled with a gel that enables you to put the vest in the freezer for summer.
So it's 2kg and that weight can not be reduced. That is why I am worried about a 2yo wearing it too often throughout the day. The website says to use it 20 minutes at a time, but not how often.....
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