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A Very Beary Birthday: Bearaby Turns Five!

5 years ago, Bearaby began redefining weighted blankets with our colorful, couchworthy chunky knit Nappers. Here’s a look back at where we’ve been — and where we’re heading!

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It all started with our hand-knitted weighted blankets, the Nappers, which are evenly weighted and as couchworthy as they are comforting!

The Bearaby bedroom expanded recently with our sensory pillows: the Hugget knot pillow, Cuddler body pillow, and Cuddling bolster pillow

Now, we’re entering the next frontier of wellness support with our huggably heavy weighted stuffed animals! 

Did you know?
Our name, Bearaby, is a combination of the words “bear hug” and “lullaby!”

It’s our fifth birthday, and we wanted to say a big thank you to everyone in the Napperhood for being a part of our journey. Whether you joined our community five years ago or five days ago, we’re over the moon to have you here … and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been dreaming up to celebrate!

We’re launching a brand new birthday collection that’s worth its weight in hugs. Meet the Bearabuddies: our first ever weighted stuffed animals. We can’t wait for you to get to know them!

Calm Is A Bear Hug Away

Our hand-knitted weighted blankets have long been synonymous with the cozy, comforting feeling of a full-body bear hug. So to celebrate five years of Bearaby, we’re bringing that bear hug feeling to life in a brand new way! Meet the Bearabuddies: our new weighted stuffed animals

Benji Bear, Elli Elephant, and Remi Rabbit give weighted blanket benefits a new form and a new friendly face. Their huggably heavy bellies are weighted with tension-melting Terraclay™: an all-natural, biodegradable clay that’s made from the earth and good for the earth. Handcrafted out of Terraclay™ and 100% cotton knit, they’re built to last for many bear hugs to come.

Like weighted blankets, weighted plushies promote grounding and provide comfort, helping you unwind and transition into a restful mindset. You can hold, hug, and carry your Bearabuddy whenever you need a little extra help feeling calm.

Each Bearabuddy also has an extra snug, extra weighted super paw. With this protective super paw by your side, you can squash away stress, push away worries, and lend yourself a helping hand as you rest and reset.

a couple hugging bearaby elli stuffed toy

Warm Up And Wind Down

In addition to our new Bearabuddies collection, we’re continuing to bring Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) to other new forms, like our warmables collection!

This line of weighted, heatable companions (including a warmable bottle, neck wrap, and lap pad) combine the calming, comforting effects of DTP with the soothing tension relief of thermotherapy.

The warmables can be used as a sustainable substitute for heating pads and hot water bottles, helping you warm up and wind down as we enter the chilliest months of the year.

Naps Worth Celebrating

Of course, we’ll never forget the blankets that started it all. On our fifth birthday, our weighted blankets are available in more snuggly shapes, sizes, and fabrics than ever before! Here’s a quick guide to all the weighted blankets in the Napperhood.

Cotton Napper

Our classic, buttery soft bestseller! The Cotton Napper is a great option for all-season use, since it’s a good blend of cozy and cooling. This year, we introduced our new Driftwood Cotton Napper, marking the first time that one of our Tree Napper colorways later became available in Cotton! The Cotton Napper is available in 10, 15, 20 and 25 lb weight options.

Cotton Weighted Blanket

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Dreamy, buttery softness

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Cocoonable, couchworthy perfection

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Tree Napper

Our silky soft, cooling weighted blanket! The Tree Napper is perfect for hot sleepers and summer snoozing. It’s made of naturally moisture-wicking TENCEL™ Lyocell, which is one of the most sustainable fabrics on Earth!

Over the past year, we released a fresh crop of limited edition Tree Napper colors, including Sweet Lavender, Cappuccino, Sage, and Bluebell. The Tree Napper is available in 15, 20, and 25 lb weight options.

Velvet Napper

Our plush, shimmery weighted blanket! The Velvet Napper is great for cold sleepers and couch cuddles. Every Velvet Napper is made of snuggly upcycled eco-velvet and prevents 900 plastic bottles from polluting our oceans. The Velvet Napper is available in 15, 20, and 25 lb weight options.


Our queen/king sized weighted blanket! The Hugger is a queen/king-sized version of our classic Cotton Napper that’s designed for two people to share — or more for you. The Hugger is available in one weight option (30 lb) that fits both queen and king-sized beds.


Our weighted blanket for kids! The Nappling is a kids-sized version of our classic Cotton Napper. The Nappling is available in 6 and 8 lbs, and is our only weighted blanket available in a multicolor option, Confetti!

Travel Napper

The Travel Napper comes in a convenient travel-sized duffel bag so you can take it with you while you travel by plane, car, or train. The Travel Napper is available in 6, 8, and 10 lb weight options.

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Here at Bearaby, a lot has changed in five years, but a lot has stayed the same. We never rush our products and we never rush you! Everything we make is designed with people and planet and mind, using sustainable materials and planet-friendly practices.

From weighted blankets to sensory pillows to warmable bottles — and beyond — we’re striving to create a calmer, more comforted world, one nap at a time. Thank you for being with us through it all! We can’t wait to see where the pursuit of naps takes us next.