"I created Dreamland Baby™ after I couldn't find a weighted blanket my 6-month old could safely wear. During my safety research I uncovered weighted blankets can serve as an incredible non-pharmacological solution for infants born with NAS. Our Dream Weighted Swaddles can be used in conjunction with traditional medicines to allow babies to be safely soothed while receiving less medications and go home sooner. Our goal is to be in 100 hospitals by the end of 2021"
– Tara Williams, Dreamland Baby™ founder
Dreamland Baby™ was invented to help infants feel calm, fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The gentle weight harnesses the power of deep touch stimulation, increasing serotonin and melatonin while decreasing cortisol. The evenly distributed weight simulates the feeling of being held or hugged.
A recent pilot study concluded weighted blankets are a safe intervention to use with infants with NAS. When weighed blankets were used, infant's heart rate decreased and Finnegan scores decreased. Read the full publication here.
With a rise in opioid addiction nationwide and subsequent increase in neonatal drug abuse exposure, reliance on inexpensive and easy-to-use nonpharmacologic interventions is imperative.
"I have personally observed the calm and comfort Dreamland Baby™ provides infants with NAS, when used as directed. Heart rate and Finnegan scores significantly decreased with weighted blankets, compared to non-weighted blankets. This is a cost effective, non-pharmacological solution every NICU should consider."
– Virginia Summe, NICU RN at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.