CalmWear vs. Weighted Blankets

March 20, 2018

Weighted blankets are often used for children and adults with sensory issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety and other neurological conditions.

Weighted blankets are made from quilted layers of metal or plastic beads sewn into a blanket. The weight of a blanket, to meet sensory demands, need to be approximately 10% of a person's body weight.

They are based on the idea of Deep Pressure Therapy, which when used will help calm the nervous system and soothe a person who is using the blanket. They are used for children in the school system as well as adults at work, on vacations, and to assist with sleep.

The weight of the blankets is designed to apply deep pressure for a person to feel safe and comfortable, to soothe and calm anxiety, and help with sleep. Weighted blankets can be an excellent therapy tool, but there are a few drawbacks.

As accepting as we are as a community, when venturing out with a weighted blanket, people may notice that it's a therapy tool which could cause embarrassment, especially in older children or teenagers. Weighted blankets are large, especially if they are being used for an older child and the bulk of them alone can be uncomfortable.

Weighted blankets are expensive and can only be used for a certain amount of time each day before we become desensitized and our bodies build a resistance to the calming effects of the blankets. If using a weighted blanket for sleep, the blanket can easily fall off during the night due to our regular sleep movements.

Weighted blankets are fantastic in small spurts, but not so much as a regular all day therapy.

An alternative choice to weighted blankets

CalmWear was designed by a mom, along with a team of specialists, for her child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. CalmWear is also based on the idea of Deep Pressure Therapy and is designed to help calm the sensory system so anyone wearing it can focus listen and learn, rather than focusing on an overwhelmed sensory system.

CalmWear is wearable, breathable, compression therapy that can be worn all day, every day to keep the entire system soothed 24 hours a day!

CalmWear is made from a scientifically designed sensory fabric called Calmtex. When CalmWear was being developed, the creator knew she had to keep a few things in mind when dealing with people that have sensory processing issues. The vests she created had to be durable, washable, and comfortable and suitable to wear under clothing all year round.

CalmWear is not only durable, but moisture absorbing, seamless, and without tags to ensure any sensitivities to tactile issues are addressed.

CalmWear is a 24/7, 365 days a year wearable therapy solution that provides the exact amount of sensory based compression therapy throughout the entire day. CalmWear has a specific sizing chart that will help make sure each person wearing it gets the perfect amount of sensory input.

CalmWear has been proven to minimize meltdowns, enhance sleep, calm the sensory system, help with proprioceptive feedback and improve body awareness. Read the reviews from therapists and parents on how CalmWear has changed the lives of not only their child but also their entire family.

Some people with sensory issues don't have a great sense of their surroundings or how their bodies relate to those surroundings. CalmWear helps with coordination and body awareness, which in turn helps with feeding, toilet training, activities, schooling and social situations.

The entire CalmWear range can be worn underneath regular clothing, making this wearable therapy discreet, assisting the wearer to feel confident when out in their community. How amazing is it that every individual can now feel anxiety free, capable and strong, without the feeling of being looked at differently!

This revolutionary wearable therapy is changing the lives of people all over the world. CalmWear is an excellent alternative to weighted blankets for anyone struggling with sensory issues.

Take a look at the website and look at the testimonials. You will see just how amazing CalmWear is!

CalmWear is a 24/7, 365 days a year wearable therapy solution that provides the exact amount of sensory based compression therapy throughout the entire day.

Sizing Charts

We have already allowed for the correct amount of  sensory compression, so please use the exact chest measurement when deciding on size.

If your measurement is between two sizes, our recommendation is that you size down, although both will work. The reason we recommend sizing down, is that most individuals are craving the sensory input to feel calm, so slightly more snug is always a safe way to go. However, if the garment is for a growing child, you may want to choose the higher of the two sizes. 

 CalmWear needs to provide gentle sensory compression to the muscles to work effectively, so be sure to choose the size within these guidelines. 




CM Inches
0 46cm 18"
1 48cm 19"
2 52cm 20.5"
3 54cm 21"
4 56cm 22"
5 58cm 23"
6 60cm 23.5"
7 62cm 24.5"
8 64cm 25"
9 66cm 26"
10 68cm 26.5"
12 70cm 27.5"
14 74cm 29"
16 78cm 30.5"
18 82cm 31.5"





CM Inches
0 43cm 17"
1 45cm 17.5"
2 47cm 18.5"
3 49cm 19.5"
4 51cm 20"
5 53cm 21"
6 55cm 21.5"
7 57cm 22.5"
8 59cm 23"
9 61cm 23.5"
10 63cm 24.5"
12 65cm 25.5"
14 67cm 26.5"
16 72cm 28.5"
18 77cm 30.5"



Shoulder to Crotch
CM Inches CM Inches
2 52cm 20.5" 44cm 17.5"
3 54cm 21" 46cm 18"
4 56cm 22" 48cm 19"
5 58cm 23" 50cm 19.5"
6 60cm 23.5" 52cm 20.5"
7 62cm 24.5" 54cm 21"
8 64cm 25" 56cm 22"
9 66cm 26" 58cm 23"
10 68cm 27" 62cm 24.5"
12 72cm 28.5" 66cm 26"
14 76cm 30" 72cm 28.5"



(Please note: For women, the chest is measured under the bust )



CM Inches
XXS 80cm 31.5"
XS 84cm 33"
S 90cm 35.5"
M 96cm 38"
L 102cm 40"
XL 108cm 42.5"
2XL 114cm 45"
3XL 120cm 47"
4XL 126cm 49.5"





CM Inches
XS 84cm 33"
S 88cm 35"
M 92cm 36.5"
L 97cm 38"
XL 102cm 40"
2XL 107cm 42"