I just thought I’d make a little blog about a few of the things that I have in my house that my little man really loves and and helps calm him down! I’m going to do another one on his favorite toys that he has too! It may help you with ideas on what to get your little ones! =] Oh and before we get started, all these things have been bought by myself or friends for my little ones, so these are all very honest reviews!
One of my best buys of last year was this giant bean bag, it is fantastic, he will lay on it and watch TV/his ipad/the lights and fold it in half and it makes it more solid and it doubles up as a seat to play his adorable little Ukulele on, and to just chill out on, its wonderful. It’s big enough so that both him and his sister can fit on it with a gap between them! He loves the feel of the beans in the inside too and the sound of them when he rolls about on it! The cover on this one can be taken off and washed if needs be and it is also waterproof so it means that I don’t have to be worried about drinks and the such on it! This is the one I got and you can get it in lots of different colors! I chose the purple as its a nice color for both boys and girls it is also dark so hides stains a little ;] heres the link >> [Click Here]
This is another of his favorites and is one of the best things for calming him down. My best friend got him this for Christmas as she knew that he would love to watch the lights on it, its a wonderful thing and such a thoughtful gift too! I was so surprised by how well it covered the whole living room in wonderful stars and moons in lots of colors! You can have it so that there is just one color, two,three or four! There is also a setting so that it can rotate, be still or flash! We prefer the rotating one with two colors! Sometimes all four is just a bit too much going on for my little man! Though my little girl loves when all four colors are on and rotating as she thinks its like a dance party! This also comes with a cover so that it is just on the lights itself, we don’t use this much as he likes to lay down on his bean bag and watch it all on the roof and walls! This light can be bought on amazon and is such a bargain! I would recommended getting a wall plug for a usb too, as it goes through a lot of batteries if you have it on as much as we do! It comes with the wire to be plugged into a usb! [Click Here]
He really loves this Fiber Optic light, it fades from color to color slowly, when he is having a tough day or is in the middle of a meltdown this really helps! I brush it along his legs,feet,hands,tummy etc and it really relaxes him! He loves to use it as a paintbrush on the floor and watch the colors change! Unfortunately for the dog he also likes to use it on her fur and watch it change color! Fortunately enough she sleeps through it all and doesn’t bat an eyelid! I bought this in sainsburys(supermarket).. and i actually went back the next day and bought another couple as they were on sale and he loves it! I didn’t want to risk it breaking and being stuck without out! I’m sure you can get them on amazon too, but I wont provide a link as I cant say that they work well etc! sorry!
Finally we have this cute little tent which is from Ikea! [Click Here To Have A Look]
He would spend all day inside here, happy as larry! The only downside is that he wants me to go in it with him too.. which is OK for a short while, until I have to do other mum things like make dinner or do the washing! He uses this as a little escape pod idea, if he needs time out, his sister is being too nosey, or there is just too much going on for him!
His favorite thing of all though is when we put these all together! The bean bag inside the circus tent, and the stary light up close to the outside with the lights off in the room. He will lay on the beanbag, watching the stars. It means that if he is having a real hard time when he head-bangs he can’t hurt himself, I know that he is safe and can try and keep myself in check to calm him down the best I can too. He will than lay in here a while once he has calmed, standing up to try and catch the stars and loves the sound of the tent when he hits it. So i will hit the top of it and shake it so it soothes him with the noise as well.
All these items are just fantastic and really do change his life for the better.
If you have any other suggestions on things your little ones have that really help them or things you have yourself please let me know!
Hope these ideas have helped some of you too! =] They are all decent prices, as i have found a lot of the sensory items have huge price tags, so I have compromised and these work fantastically for us, for now!
Oh and don’t forget the bubble machine! Everyone loves bubbles!