SnugBug – An Autism Weighted Blanket Alternative

Heavy on the alternative.

The SnugBug’s originator insists at every turn that her product is not, not, not a weighted blanket. Rather, you have right here a bed wrap delivering pressure rather than weight. The SnugBug promises to address the sleep-related disturbances that your child suffers because of autism – also restless leg syndrome, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, and anxieties of every nasty sort.

Here’s how SnugBug works, we think.

The Hughes Brothers admit, up front here, that our beloved nieces have worked with only one family using the SnugBug, and so we promise to moderate our promised effects.

It seems a stretchable spandex material delivers the deep pressure usually associated with weighted blankets. Wrapped tightly around the bed, the SnugBug calms with an increased endorphin and serotonin production.

We admit that we’re relying here on the manufacturer’s own wayward input, all in first-person, a point of view which has its advantages, we assume.

So we started reading about other users’ reactions to the Bug.

The SnugBug operates like a pillowcase, fitted over the child’s mattress. No tucking needed. The product fits toddler, twin, full, and queen-sized mattresses.

For children with dermatological issues, the SnugBug has proven itself breathable in the extreme. Some users, happy with the immediate effects on an autistic child, have considered purchasing a Bug for themselves or a loved one.

Our favorite reviewer described her son “on a spectrum with a trampoline.” The kid moves about, we understand. She recommended the product for “anyone with sensory processing disorders,” adding that her little guy sought out his bed for comfort throughout the day, bringing his stuffed animals along.

Back to the basics. The SnugBug Specs

· Solid pattern only

· In colors of white, black, blue, and pink purple

· Totally handmade to customer’s specifications, using nylon

We think you should consider the SnugBug, by all means, if other sleep aids have failed.

By no means do we think SnugBug is a last resort. Far from it. Our nieces gave us sufficient detail of the family now using it, detail sufficient to our recommendation for these extreme situations, these poor little folks with so much to confront, many of their troubles occasioned in the womb, the mother’s overwrought drug and alcohol abuse in those critical months.

The Hughes nieces’ experience then.

This innocent, adopted child suffered from a whole alphabet of disorders. He was Oppositional and Defiant. He suffered from Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder – all the result of prenatal exposure to drugs, postnatal neglect. Especially manic at bedtime, he strew chaos throughout the house, robbing his parents and siblings of any pretense of going to sleep. Of course, his earnest parents had enrolled him in therapy. The docs did their part. Mom and Dad remained supportive and consistently good parents. But not one attempt at normalcy in the late evening hours came close to soothing the poor child.

Until Snugbug.

As with so many children dealing with autism, new or increased medication can often only complicate the sleep cycle.

Good news: within a week of using the SnugBug, our nieces visited a family living like a happy television sitcom family. Yes, this beloved child still careens about the house but, come eight o’clock, he seeks out his bed, goes happily to sleep, only to awake nine hours later rested and, for him, content and settled.

The price is right. Give the SnugBug a chance.

Once more, the Hughes Brothers cop to limited experience with this alternative with the rhyming compound-noun name. But at sixty bucks max, the Snug Bug merits a try. If perchance your autistic child finds no solace there, you the sleepy parent just might.

Worth a shot, in our opinion.