Hairy Hugger - a calming sensory toy
Hairy Hugger is a hugging, weighted sensory toy that will support your child when they feel overwhelmed or anxious.
How this toy will help your child to calm down and self-regulate
The Hairy Hugger will hug your child and help them calm down, be comforted, and regain focus.
He is designed with two weighted arms that will give your child a comforting hug. The hugging sensation will help your child to feel calm and self-regulate.
Deep pressure therapy for comfort
Hairy Hugger is weighted with organic buckwheat hulls applying deep pressure therapy to calm your child’s stress level and decreases feelings of anxiety.
His arms connect with his wristband, to prevent him sliding of the shoulders and leaving the child’s arms and hands free for other activities.
His fluffy fur and soft textured ears are great for busy fidget fingers.
Easy to bring along
Leaving the house, Hairy Hugger is easy to bring along in stressful situations. He is a great friendly support that you child can bring along to difficult situations e.g. a dentist appointment, when traveling or in school to support an less anxious mind.
Suitable for children challenged by:
Autism, ADHD, anxiety, Asperger’s syndrome, difficulty with concentration, physical restlessness and physical movement.
Recommended age: 5 - 12 years
Positive effects include:
Improve focus & attention
Calms Symptoms of anxiety
Calms physical movement
A general sense of calm
100% Organic Buckwheat husk filling
Antibacterial, Chemical & Dust Mite free filling
CE toy regulations safety
Weight: 2 kg
Outer material: 40% Organic Cotton 57% Polyester, 3% Elastane
Inner material: Organic Buckwheat Hulls
Wash and care: The toy can be unzipped in the back and the arms. This way it’s possible to gently machine wash the outer fabric. Remove the weighted organic buckwheat bags from inside your Hairy Hugger and wash the organic fabric outer at 40 degrees Celsius and line dry.
Safety: Approved by CE Toy Regulations Safety
How to use Hairy Hugger
The toy is placed on your child’s chest. Your child can choose to either hold on to the toy by hugging him back - or wrap the toy’s arms around his or her neck and fasten the hugger with the elastic wristband that comes with. This way frees up the child’s hands to do schoolwork or play with friends.
The safe and warm feeling we all know from being hugged is simulated by this toy and provide your child with the same comforting sensation.
The benefits of a hug
The Undeniable Power of a Simple Hug is an amazing article written by Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D. who is professor and chair of the Counseling, Adult and Higher Education department at Northern Illinois University.
This article describes in detail the chemistry that happens inside us when we are hugged and how it affects our behavior. Fx:
- Increase oxytocin levels and creates a sense of safety
- Helps shout down painful stimulus
- Decrease the feeling of anxiety
Benefits of Deep Pressure Therapy for Children with Autism
Deep touch pressure may benefit your child on the autism spectrum too—in this article from Autism Parenting Magazine they take a closer look at deep pressure therapy; what it is, and how it could help your child.
Read the article about Deep Pressure Therapy for children with autism
What is Deep Pressure Therapy?
Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) is firm but gentle squeezing, hugs, or holding that relaxes the nervous system. This pressure can be applied with the hands, special massage tools, or products that your child can wear or wrap around themselves to provide pressure.
Done properly, this therapy triggers a chain reaction in the body that releases an overall sense of calm and peace.
For more information on Deep Pressure Therapy:
What is Deep Pressure Stimulation?
How can deep pressure therapy help my child ?