Frequently Asked Questions

Hugimals are high-quality, weighted stuffed animals that “hug you back” to lower stress, boost calm and help with sleep. Hugimals combine the emotional connection of a favorite stuffed animal with the calming benefits of a weighted blanket. And unlike other weighted products, Hugimals are washable! Each Hugimal has a patent-pending removable weighted “inner body” — the outer plush is fully machine washable.

Your Hugimal’s weighted pressure brings on a relaxation response from the parasympathetic nervous system — and tamps down a fight-or-flight response — lowering the stress hormone cortisol and stimulating production of “calming” neurotransmitters oxytocin and dopamine, helping you feel calm, grounded, safe and secure.

Here are just a few of the science-backed benefits:

Weighted pressure provides therapeutic benefits including lowered anxiety and increased calm.
Source:
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Weighted pressure eases anxiety and unrest in stressful environments like the dentist.
Source:
Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering

Weighted pressure increased on-task behavior in kids with attention difficulties.
Source:
American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Hugimals were developed by a health journalist with top pediatricians, psychologists and occupational therapists for anyone who enjoys the calming feeling of weighted pressure, from kids to adults, neurotypical, neurodivergent, sensory-seeking, and everyone in between. Hugimals have been tested safe for all ages but we recommend them for ages 2+.

When you snuggle up with your Hugimal on your lap, or lay with it on your chest, you get the soothing sensation that it’s “hugging you back,” making you feel safe, grounded, calm and secure. Use your Hugimal to soothe anxiety during stressful moments, to help ease into a restful sleep, to help you focus while working or studying, or to cuddle with when just hanging out or anytime you need a comforting hug.

Your Hugimal is weighted with non-toxic glass beads (the same found in many premium weighted blankets), which are carefully sewn inside a sturdy, removable weighted “inner body.” Each Hugimal weighs approximately 4.5 pounds.