WEIGHTED BUDDIES

CALM SOOTHES THE NERVES


Weighted soft toys that assist adults and children with trauma, anxiety, depression, and those with ADHD, sensory integration disorder, and autism spectrum disorder through deep-pressure stimulation.

Weighted Buddies are more than just soft toys.

Although they look like regular soft toys, they are therapeutic tools that benefit children and adults.

Handcrafted Sensory Delights

Our Weighted Buddies are handmade carefully, ensuring each is unique and of the highest quality.

Hypoallergenic Comfort

They are hypoallergenic, making them safe for even the most sensitive individuals.

Calming Weight and Texture

The weight and texture of Weighted Buddies provide a calming effect, helping to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

Sensory Soothing

It provides self-soothing sensory input, which is especially beneficial for individuals with sensory processing challenges.

Versatile Usage

Suitable for home, classroom, or therapy settings, offering comfort and support wherever needed.

Easy Maintenance

Machine washable for convenient cleaning, ensuring hygiene and longevity.

Diverse Selection

Weighted Buddies come in various shapes and sizes, making finding one perfect for your needs easy.

  • Helps to assist with trauma
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Assist with sleep difficulties and improves overall sleep quality
  • It helps with sensory integration disorder and Autism spectrum disorder
  • Enhances focus for ADHD
  • Promotes calmness
  • Encourages focus in the classroom
  • Eases travel anxiety
  • Combats stress
  • Helps those with depression

When choosing a Weighted Buddy, it’s essential to consider the individual’s unique needs.

Here are some factors to consider:

Weight: Your Weighted Buddy should equal 10–15% of the person’s weight, but more anxious children prefer a heavier Buddy.

Age: Younger children will benefit from a lighter Buddy, while older children should use a heavier one.

Sensory Needs: The texture of the Buddy should be considered for individuals with sensory processing issues. Some may prefer a soft, plush texture, while others prefer a more firm texture.

Size: The size of the Buddy should be appropriate for the individual according to their size.

Colour: The colour of the Buddy may also be important for individuals with sensory processing issues. Some prefer bright and bold colours, while others prefer muted tones.

Sleep difficulties


Weighted Buddies are a fantastic way to alleviate sleep problems by promoting the calming and regulation of your nervous system through deep-pressure stimulation. The gentle pressure they apply to your body activates the parasympathetic nervous system, lowering your heart rate during stressful times.


Moreover, the firm and controlled pressure caused by Weighted Buddies prompts the brain to release dopamine and oxytocin, two hormones that elevate mood. At the same time, cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, is reduced. Additionally, serotonin and melatonin levels, hormones that aid in sleep, are increased. This comprehensive approach helps users sleep more peacefully and soundly, ultimately improving overall sleep quality.


Therapeutic value


If you’re a psychologist, play therapist, counsellor, occupational therapist, or any other type of clinician, you must consider the benefits of Weighted Buddies in your practice. Deep-touch pressure can significantly reduce anxiety levels and help regulate the physiological symptoms of individuals who experience sensory overstimulation.


Since each person has unique sensory preferences and needs, it’s crucial to consider factors such as weight, texture, size, colour, and animal type when selecting a Buddy for your practice. With a Weighted Buddy, you can be confident that your patients or clients receive self-regulation assistance in a safe, calming, and grounding environment without any side effects.

Improve attention and concentration


By increasing dopamine in the brain, a Weighted Buddy keeps individuals from being distracted by other sensory stimuli coming from their surroundings. This can assist people with ADHD in improving their attention span, focus, and concentration, staying on task, remaining seated, and being less fidgety.

Ease meltdowns, anxiety and depression


People with neurodiversity, like those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), often suffer from anxiety and high-stress levels, making it harder to function in school, the workplace, and other public places. An overactive sympathetic nervous system can lead to anxiety, hyperactivity, a rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath.


A Weighted Buddy may reduce stress and anxiety by stimulating the touch receptors, creating a calm, secure feeling, and is a self-soothing tool that eases emotional dysregulation, anxiety, and depression. Feeling the weight and pressure of the Weighted Buddy will calm the fight-or-flight response and activate the relaxing parasympathetic nervous system, causing a calming effect.

Comfort Value


Weighted Buddies are ideal for individuals exposed to medical trauma such as frequent hospitalisation, operations, or cancer patients, as well as those who are fearful of visiting the doctor or dentist. With increased feelings of security, a Weighted Buddy can help in other areas of life, including overall improvements in mood. This is because the pressure of a Weighted Buddy increases the production of the feel-good hormones dopamine and oxytocin. A decrease in cortisol (the stress hormone) can significantly impact a person’s state of mind.


Understanding the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Systems

You may have heard of the “fight or flight” response, but did you know it is technically called the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions of the autonomic nervous system?

To drive safely, you need to use both the petrol and brake pedals in a coordinated way, just like how both divisions work together to help your body function and respond to different situations. Think of pressing the petrol and releasing the brake when going through a yellow light; the same principle applies to these two systems: Your body functions and responds appropriately to different situations.

The Effects of the Nervous System on Our Body During Different Situations

The nervous system plays a vital role in our body’s response to various situations. For instance, if a dangerous animal is chasing you, your sympathetic nervous system takes over. Your heart rate and blood pressure will rise, while blood will be diverted away from the digestive tract to the muscles in the legs, allowing you to run faster.

Conversely, when relaxing with a Weighted Buddy, your parasympathetic nervous system takes over, and you feel calm. The parasympathetic activation and the sense of safety and comfort promote the release of feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters promote a sense of well-being and contribute to decreased heart rate and blood pressure, as well as improved circulation throughout the body.

The Relationship between Stress and Health

In response to stress, the body’s sympathetic activation is naturally higher, and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are elevated in the bloodstream. However, what the body perceives as a threat or hazardous situation may differ, and chronic stress is a common experience among many individuals.

Nonetheless, certain conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, trauma, PTSD, and others, are related to an imbalance or over-activation of the stress response. Under these circumstances, the body’s stress response is quickly triggered, and sensory information processing is often changed, leading to a variety of symptoms such as emotional dysregulation, depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

The Human Body’s Sensory Systems

The human body is equipped with sophisticated sensory systems that can detect a range of stimuli, such as the light emanating from your computer screen or the sound of your favourite song playing in the background. These sensory systems are activated by specialized nerve endings (receptors) strategically placed throughout the body. When these receptors are stimulated, nerve impulses are sent along nerve fibres to the brain, where sensory information is processed and interpreted.

Your skin contains several sensory receptors (mechanoreceptors) subtypes that enable you to distinguish between various touch stimuli. These nerve endings are arranged in a particular manner, with each layer specifically designed to register different sensations, such as light touch, vibration, or deep pressure.

Deep Pressure Stimulation and Its Calming Benefits

Deep-pressure stimulation can activate the touch sensory system, resulting in a calming reflex within the body. This stimulation has been known to lower sympathetic activation and boost the parasympathetic nervous system. Many individuals have reported a reduction in anxiety after utilizing deep-pressure stimulation, such as hugging a Weighted Buddy.

Having a Weighted Buddy at Home

While on the couch or in the car, a Weighted Buddy lying on a child’s lap can be a comforting and calming experience, especially after a long and overwhelming day at school.

A Buddy lying on a child’s lap can help improve their focus and concentration while studying or doing homework.

Snuggling up with a Weighted Buddy is one way to help children relax and doze off quickly.

Taking a Weighted Buddy to School

Deep-pressure stimulation through a Weighted Buddy is excellent for helping a child relax and calm down after a break.

It can also help contain a child with difficulty sitting still in class.

When it comes to high-stakes situations like tests or other anxiety-provoking tasks, a Weighted Buddy can be an invaluable tool in class to help maintain focus and concentration.

A Weighted Buddy can help children focus during lessons, especially for children sensitive to noise or touch.

Using a Weighted Buddy in Public

Children who experience anxiety and fear associated with going to the dentist, doctor, or even the mall can benefit from using a Weighted Buddy. It can help calm and regulate their nervous system and be a self-soothing tool.

How Weighted Buddies Transformed Our Nights

As a parent of children with autism and ADHD, finding effective solutions to help them sleep better at night has been a constant challenge. However, our journey took a significant turn for the better when we discovered weighted buddies.

These soft and comforting teddies, infused with just the right amount of weight, became a game-changer in our household. The gentle pressure provided by the weighted buddies offered a sense of security and calmness to our children, helping to soothe their restless minds and bodies.

Before incorporating weighted buddies into our bedtime routine, our nights were often filled with struggles and frequent awakenings. However, since introducing these cuddly companions, we’ve noticed a remarkable improvement in the quality and duration of our children’s sleep.

Not only do our children fall asleep faster, but they also stay asleep for longer periods, experiencing fewer disruptions throughout the night. The calming effect of the weighted buddies has helped to alleviate their anxiety and sensory overload, creating a more peaceful and restorative sleep environment for the entire family.

Additionally, the versatility of weighted buddies allows our children to incorporate them into their daytime activities as well. Whether they’re cuddling with their buddy during quiet time or using it as a comforting tool during moments of stress like studying for exams, these teddies have become invaluable companions in their daily lives.

We are incredibly grateful for the positive change they have brought into our lives.

Joha-Maine Andrianatos.

Mother.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In my practice, incorporating Weighted Buddies into our daily routine has proven to be an incredibly successful strategy for promoting relaxation among our clients and significantly reducing anxiety levels. This integration has dramatically enhanced the therapeutic experience, providing a comforting, tangible presence that clients can interact with. Weighted Buddies helps grounding our clients, offering a sense of security and calmness that aids in better engagement with the therapy process. As a result, we have observed remarkable progress in our client’s ability to manage stress and anxiety, leading to more effective therapy sessions and improved overall well-being.

Dr. Belinda de Villiers.

Educational Psychologist.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As an Educational Psychologist, I’ve found the weighted buddies to be invaluable in my practice. They’ve proven effective with children and adults. I’ve witnessed firsthand their positive impact on children’s moods and their performance on assessments.

Larise Kühn.

Educational Psychologist.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Weighted Buddy’s name is Teddy, and he is such a valuable co-therapist in my practice! He is loved by children and adults alike and provides emotional regulation, comfort and soothing. It is so much easier to work with Teddy as a co-regulator than to be directly confronted with childhood trauma. He is recommended to children of all ages.

Hylma van Rooyen.

Clinical Psycologist.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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