Target's New Sensory-Friendly Home Line Includes Affordable Weighted Blankets for Kids

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Sitting still for long stretches of time is in and of itself a feat. But, for a kid with sensory sensitivities, delicately finding the balance between a little bit of stimulation and a full-on distraction is an ongoing battle. Sometimes that sensitivity presents itself as autism, other times as ADD, ADHD, or anxiety, but any time a child struggles with focus, some kind of sensory outlet can be helpful.

With their latest launch, Target hopes to help find a balance. Launched within their existing Pillowfort kids brand, the company's new line of whimsical furniture is designed specifically for those kids who need subtle stimulation at home. The 11-piece collection is filled with the same cute and cozy design style the brand has always produced — from a flower-shaped pillow to an indoor tent — but made to encourage sensory exploration.

Their pineapple floor pillow, for example, is made with a crinkly, noisy fabric that kids can play with while reading, while the desk chair is built with a slight rocker to keep 'em moving while coloring or doing homework.

And, because it's Target, you know the prices are reasonable (like, under $100) and everything is machine-washable. Some of our favorite picks include a weighted blanket and a "cocoon chair" that simulates the feeling of a hug. Shop a few of our fave Pillowfort sensory-friendly pieces below and see the full collection at Target right now.

Katie is the Commerce Editor at Hunker. She has previously been on staff at Shape Magazine, Well+Good, and PureWow, and has spent her life perfecting the art of online shopping.

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