Snoozzzy – Weighted Lap Pad

USERS RATING:
(Based on the users needs, lifestyle and preferences.)

Item Description:
The Lap Pad is covered with a soft minky fabric, one side is dark blue with raised spots in the fabric to provide additional sensory feedback, and the underside is just as soft in a pale grey colour.  It is divided into equal sections with lines sewn across vertically and horizontally to ensure the non-toxic glass beads remain evenly distributed. It appears to have been quilted into 16 equal smaller squares, 4 across and 4 deep, using extra-strong stitching to prevent any leaks.  All Snoozzzy Lap Pads are 50cm square and mine weighs 5lb, although there is a lighter 3lb one that is also available for younger children.

For those of you who are unsure about the purpose behind weighted products, the glass beads provide deep pressure stimulation without any uncomfortable restrictions. The pressure from the weight causes the body to produce serotonin and endorphins, which our bodies naturally use to feel relaxed or calm.

Source of Item:
Snoozzzy

* This item was kindly gifted by Snoozzzy in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. *

Diagnosis:
Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS), Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), Migraine, Chronic Urticaria & Autism

Personal Opinion:
I am autistic and find the weighted blanket on my bed very comfortable so I thought this weighted lap pad may be a welcome alternative to use when I’m sitting in my wheelchair.  The Lap Pad arrived in a branded box which when opened easily and welcomed you with a message from the owner along with a generous return customer discount, all on the inside of the top of the box so you could read it as you’re unwrapping the item.  I really appreciated this personal touch as it’s written by Louise, who founded Snoozzzy, and lets you know that contacting them for the discount code to use for another purchase sometime in the future will also extend the warranty on your recent purchase.

When I unpacked the Lap Pad, I was impressed by the quality of the fabric and the overall robust construction of the item whilst still maintaining a very soft and cosy feel such that beyond its added weight it wouldn’t look out of place amongst any collection of small blankets.  I thought the Lap Pad would give me some helpful sensory feedback when sitting in my power chair but it actually did that and more. 

The weight of the Lap Pad does provide a welcome pressure but it also makes it much more difficult for me to cross my legs when sitting in my wheelchair.  This second function is by chance but is hugely beneficial to me as my wheelchair is set up to ensure my body is sitting in a healthy posture which can be tiring after a whilst so I often find myself leaning forwards and crossing my legs as I get tired, but not when I have the gentle pressure of the Lap Pad pressing down on my thighs.

Personally, this relatively small item has become an invaluable part of my toolkit for going out of the house; it lives on the arm of my chair so I can use it anytime I’m sitting in my chair at home and I also regularly take it with me on my lap when I’m going out in my chair too.  Whilst this Lap Pad is predominantly marketed towards children and supports them in the classroom by meeting some of their sensory needs, its discreet navy and grey colour scheme and the heavier 5lb weight make it worth considering for any adult who likes a little weighted input and would like to transfer some of the calmness they feel under their weighted blanket to other times in the day when they’re sitting down around the house or even at work or visiting friends.

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