Review: Yogibo – Using Bean Bags for Sensory Soothing
I can’t stop talking and now writing about the Yogibo.
We received the Yogibo Max (which practically the size of a twin bed) and the Yogi Support pillow (which is a giant U-shaped pillow much like a Boppy for adults). The Yogibo Max or Midi is a must have for autistic children.
So what is it? The Yogibo is like a beanbag but it feels more comfortable because of the filling that is used. It reminds me more of memory foam then the typical bumpy bean bag feel. What is really great is that you can buy refill beads for the inside if they start to not be as foamy.
So what do you use it for? We have used our Yogibo Max for many different things.
1. A seat
2. A couch
3. A bed
4. A crashpad
5. A squeeze/compression tool
6. A punching bag
I had a bunch of families with children of all ages and with different neurology come over and test out the Yogibo. Every single child loved it! The adults loved the comfort the Yogi Support provided. They could lounge on the Yogibo Max with the Yogi Support wrapped around their back for the added support that most adults need without getting a neck cramp or backache. My husband is often found using the Yogi Support on my daughter’s bed during nightly story time.
We laid the Yogibo parallel to my daughter’s twinsize bed and I held the kids on the waist as I ‘flew’ them onto the Yogibo. They loved being able to crash and jump off the bed (with an adult present).
We also stood the Yogibo upright and sat one child on top then shimmy the sides so they sunk down into it a little. My son affectionately calls it “sitting in his nest”. I assume because he is up high and all curled up. He loves the gentle encompassed feel. He often seeks deep pressure as part of meeting his sensory needs so the Yogibo has helped fulfill that need without him tearing apart my couch cushions.
The other mother’s and I noticed that the children sat still for longer periods of time and were able to focus longer while seated in the Yogibo. An Occupational Therapist I spoke with suggested that it was because the children felt secure as opposed to a regular chair where most of their body wasn’t supported since many autistic children have difficulties with knowing where their body is in space.
The moms were all commenting on how fantastic it would be if schools had Yogibo Midis or Minis, which are smaller versions of the Yogibo Max. The only complaint that the mothers’ had was that they couldn’t afford the large Yogibo Max at $229. However, if you compare the cost of crashpad (approximately $120 US dollars) and add the cost of a video rocker gaming seat ($30-$150) the Yogibo seems to give you plenty for your money. I especially liked the feature of the zip slip cover. So I can unzip and wash the cover whenever needed. To checkout more of Yogibo’s products visit their website at www.Yogibo.com.
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