How Can Lucy Help?
Lucy the Lapdog has weight and soothing textures which provide input to your child’s proprioceptive and tactile system. This deep pressure input is regulating and soothing. Lucy the Lapdog is unique because your child will bond with the character’s own sensory struggles as depicted in the accompanying storybook. The combination of sensory integration with positive emotional attachment will help make your child successful as they navigate their oftentimes overstimulating world.
How much weight is right for my child?
Every child is different. Lucy weighs just under 4 pounds with the weighted insert and 2 pounds without the insert. Your child’s Occupational Therapist can determine if more weight is needed. Thanks to Lucy’s zippered “belly”, more weight can be added under the advisement of your OT.
Is Lucy the Lapdog washable?
The manufacturer recommends spot cleaning only with a mild soap and water solution. When that will not suffice, we suggest the following: Remove the weighted insert, place Lucy in a pillow case, tie the pillow case closed, wash on gentle cycle (no bleach), tumble dry on the low or no heat setting.
Here’s a video of Lucy getting a bath. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMHdxdesC1M
Why Does Lucy Cost So Much?
Ah, our favorite question. 🙂
Some people ask us this because they compare Lucy to a stuffed animal you could buy anywhere. That’s understandable, especially if weighted input isn’t what their child or student needs.
Others tell us she’s a bargain! Those who have or work with children with sensory or anxiety challenges have likely researched weighted blankets or seen lap pads in catalogs. They’ve seen how much these cost and recognize the value of having a lap pad already inside a product. While weighted blankets can be effective for some individuals, we believe our price makes it more affordable for families to try a weighted item. Also, children often prefer the character and cuteness of Lucy the Lapdog over a blanket or plain lap pad.