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How to take care of your Napper



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How to take care of your Napper

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If you’re the lucky owner of a Napper, you already know the drill as to how to use it. (Step 1: Lie underneath the soft, heavy knit blanket. Step 2: Bliss out and relax. Easy peasy!) What you may not know is how to care for your beautiful Bearaby weighted blanket in order to ensure its lifespan is long, your sleep game remains strong, and your Napper retains its inherent elegance. From cleaning and carrying it from room to room, to sharing and maybe storing it, (why would you ever put it away?!) all you need to know in order to take the utmost care of your knitted Napper is here in this guide.


Carry It


Sometimes a couch nap turns into a bed nap and other times you just desperately need to sneak in a sofa snooze on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. In any case, when you need to tote your Napper from room to room, it’s pretty straightforward, but with this heavy knit blanket, you’ll have to put your back into it. For the sake of your beloved hand-knit weighted blanket, we strongly recommend not dragging it around. Yes, it’s a heavy blanket, but dragging it will not only make it dirty it faster and it may disrupt the delicate knitted weaves loops that effectively shape your Napper. The solution is simple. Just carry it! Assuming you don’t live in a 20-room mansion (and if so, perhaps you prob have someone to do the heavy lifting for ya), the room-to-room blanket carry may become your new workout of choice. If you happen to own the 25-pounder, you might wind up with some nicely toned arms.


Store It


There are a few scenarios we can come up with for when you would need to store your Napper. First, you are super lucky and have not one, but two, Nappers! Perhaps wintertime rolls around and you’re favoring your Velvet Napper and wanting to store away the highly breathable Tree Napper until summertime. If this is the case, a super easy storage solution is to roll it back up into the Bearaby sustainable bag made from recycled linen. Misplaced your bag? A soft yet structured canvas or cotton container bag would be a great way to keep your Napper fresh throughout the seasons. Second scenario? We can’t think of one, as most Bearaby weighted blanket owners want their Nappers out on display on an everyday basis! However, we do understand that some may need to put their precious Napper in storage when going on vacation, for instance. So, in the event you need to store it for a bit, be sure it’s completely dry and nicely rolled up in order to maintain its hand-knit weaves.


Display It


Our recommended method of “storing” our Nappers is to drape ‘em over the arms of couches and fold ‘em on the feet of beds. Why would you tuck away a stylish chunky-knit blanket anyway? When selecting the right color Napper for you, among the many options available, choose a hue that matches your home decor or complements your couch or bed. While draping our weighted blankets is encouraged, hanging them is not. We know, it would look so good hanging off your decorative ladder. However, it won’t look so good when the hand-knit weaves are sadly stretched out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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Did you know?
Security blankets have been helping kids (and adults) cope with anxiety and stress for longer than we know, but the term was coined by Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, in 1956. The adorable cartoon-drawn Linus spoke about his attachment to his blue blanket by saying it was his “security and happiness blanket”. We hope you’ll feel the same way about your Napper, so take good care of it!

Use It


Whether you’re snoozing under it, cocooning with it or wrapping it around your shoulders as you enjoy your morning cup of joe, we must remind you once again to refrain from stretching the loops. We know, we know, the hand-knit weighted fabric is oh-so-soft and the loops look oh-so-fun to stick your fingers/hands or toes/feet through, but exercise some willpower and try not to fiddle with it too much. Fidget spinners were made just for this reason (well, maybe not for this exact reason), so get yourself one of those instead and fight the urge to fidget with your Napper. Years from now, when you have a Napper that still looks brand new, you’ll thank us.


Travel with It


Buses, trains and commercial flights are probably not the best ways to travel with your Napper (we don’t think it would fit in your carryon too well). However, your Bearaby weighted blanket is definitely a smart item to pack if you’re going on a road trip. Sleep can be hard to come by when you’re in the car, bouncing from one hotel or motel to another, and traveling between different time zones, so you might as well bring your go-to sleep hack to ensure you get some shuteye. When bringing your Napper along for the ride it’s best to store it in the handy linen bag it came in. It shouldn’t take up too much room in the car. And if traffic or awful drivers are giving you road rage, you can drape the Napper across your lap to calm yourself down before rather than laying on the horn. (Just don’t get too comfortable behind the wheel—that melatonin production is no joke.)


Share It (Or Not)


While we completely understand if you want to keep your Napper all to yourself, there may come a point when you have to share it with someone. If and when this time comes, try to remember the golden rule of preschool: Sharing is caring. Once you get past the fact that your Napper is now only 50% yours, you can take comfort knowing you’re getting double the snuggles (some from your partner and some from your soft weighted blanket). Just make sure your snuggle buddy knows the cardinal rule of Caring For Nappers: don’t stretch the loops!


Clean It


Even the most protective Napper owners eventually come to peace with the fact that it will get dirty from time to time. A wine spill here, a dirty paw print there. Whatever happens, the Nappers are super easy to clean. They’re all machine-washable; just wash it in lukewarm or cool water and on the delicate or permanent-press setting. Then, simply tumble-dry for a few rounds. If you want to super-extend your Napper’s life and you have the time, lay it out on a flat surface and let it air-dry. Skip the bleach, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets, and your Napper will be looking good as new.

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Bearassentials

• Whether you’re carrying your Napper from couch to bed or stashing it in the car for a road trip, the best way to extend your Napper’s life is by being gentle, not dragging it on the ground or stretching out the hand-knitted loops with your hands or feet.


• You’ll want to show off your Napper, and the best place to do that is on the couch. Avoid hanging it from anything resembling a decorative ladder or hook as you won’t want those hand-knit loops stretching out.


• Cleaning your Napper is a cinch—wash it in lukewarm water on delicate or permanent press and let it tumble dry for a few cycles or until it’s weighted fabric is as soft and dry as it was when it first arrived at your home.

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Did you know?
Security blankets have been helping kids (and adults) cope with anxiety and stress for longer than we know, but the term was coined by Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, in 1956. The adorable cartoon-drawn Linus spoke about his attachment to his blue blanket by saying it was his “security and happiness blanket”. We hope you’ll feel the same way about your Napper, so take good care of it!



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