We asked 10 Parents to Try FluffyWeight. Here's What They Said.
Recent scientific studies show that deep pressure stimulation, such as with with a therapeutically weighted stuffed animal, is scientifically proven to produce a calming and relaxing effect to reduce anxiety.
To find out if FluffyWeight had the same effect, we hired neuroscientist Dr. Cindy Hovington, PhD, founder of Curious Neuron, to run a 4-week experimental focus group with 10 parents of children with anxiety or sensory challenges, living across the United States. (Participants received a FluffyWeight at no charge, but were not paid to participate or for their answers.)
Here is what they said about their experience in their own words:
Kelly, mom of an 8-year-old
"The Fluffy Weight has quickly become part of our family. It is super soft and the weight helps calm our son when he is feeling anxious or overstimulated from sensory sensitivities. Not to mention, it is super adorable! The Fluffy Weight is now a part of our daily routine when getting home from school. It's the perfect size to snuggle with to help regulate and decompress after a full day."
Janelle, mom of a 6-year-old
"My son immediately loved his Fluffy Weight! Not only is it one of his favorite stuffed animals (and he has a lot), but it is more than just a stuffed animal. We noticed a drastic difference in our son's ability to calm down easily at bedtime, and his ability to sleep through the night once he started sleeping with his fluffy weight. We are so grateful for this addition to our family! His older brother begs for a turn to sleep with the fluffy weight too. Not only are bedtimes more calm and peaceful because of fluffy weight, but so is our home!"
Casey, mom of a 3-year-old
"The fluffy weight is such a unique and regulating tool for my son with sensory processing disorder! When he would give it a hug during a time with high emotions, it would definitely helps him regulate! We’ve loved having this tool."
Related: How can a weighted stuffed animal help your family?
Laura, mom of 4-year-old
"My daughter loved being able to give a big hug to the fluffy weight and it slept right next to her in bed. The good news is, even when she had a tummy bug and it needed to be washed, it was very easy to remove and was able to be put back with no distortion or shrinking of the material!"
Brittany, mom of a 3-year-old
"FluffyWeight is our first weighted item. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how my child would respond. My daughter has a difficult time with transitions will only cooperate for diaper changes when she’s on top of Fluffy. Diaper changes used to be horrible struggle in my house. This has been a relief and I would recommend it to anyone who has a child with anxiety during transition times."
Staci, mom of a 6-year-old
"We enjoyed the soft feel and that it looked like a giant cute toy. The weight was great for calming down at bedtime."
Related: How do Weighted Stuffed Animals Work?
Summer, mom of 2-year-old
"We love the Fluffy Weight cat! It’s made sleep easier for us - we cosleep and having “kitty” made it so I could actually get up once they were asleep for a little bit."
Christina, mom of a 8-year-old
"We enjoyed the bright color and soft texture of the Fluffy Weight. It was easy to throw over my son's back so he could carry him around when he needed comfort. It also worked great as a pillow/snuggle tool at bedtime."
Read the full study results about how FluffyWeight helped anxiety, meltdowns and bedtime here.