Those are all sensations that help our body feel calm and relaxed and wonderful. Children respond to sensory strategies too, they just may not notice what feels good. Some kids have "normative" sensory experiences and may regulate themselves fairly well during the day but enjoy some calming sensory inputs here and there. Other children may have sensory processing disorder or be within the autistic spectrum. These kids may need more calming input than other children because of the way their nervous system is wired. Some calming strategies may include deep pressure and/or gentle movement (vestibular input).
Here are some ideas for calming sensory inputs--
1. swaddling blankets or slings for infants
This deep pressure feels wonderful and cuddly to infants. The one thing I wished I had purchased before bringing my son home as an infant was a swaddling blanket that was actually created for that purpose. These baby slings are the same concept. Not only does the infant experience deep touch, which is calming, but they are close to their parent, warm, and comforted. Also, if the parent is bouncing them or swaying back and forth, they are receiving gentle vestibular input (movement) and this also feels calming.
2. For bigger kids, consider different techniques to give them deep touch, pressure, and vestibular input for comfort.
.........a. Bean bag chairs
You can use simple ones that you pick up at a store or can use more specialized ones as below; these can be found through sensory catalogues and internet sites with products for sensory dysfunction or autistic spectrum.
Think about how a hammock envelopes you and even gives you a gentle swaying feeling that is comforting and calming. The hammock swings below are a bit more specialized and can be found in sensory catalogues.
.......c. You can also wrap your child with gentle but firm pressure in something like a yoga mat. Play a game and tell them you are making an "Thomas" taco for example.
.......d. Use a heavy blanket over your child. There are even specialized weighted blankets that are heavier than the norm and are used for calming kids with anxiety, sensory needs, autistic spectrum, and more. Many sites on the internet sell weighted blankets and I have a previous post on just that subject (Information on Weighted Blankets). The picture below shows a child in a cute little "envelope" in which the top portion is weighted.
Whatever is calming for you or your child, use it. Our brain responds well to sensory input that helps us regulate our nervous system. Play detective to see what types of input, when and how much feel good to you or your kids. If you would like more professional input in this area for your child, an Occupational Therapist can help.