Tips for dressing kids with sensory issues

Getting kids dressed and out the door every morning can be a challenge for most (all?) parents on the best of days. Lost socks, the "wrong" color, spilt cereal, the list goes on. For many kids the struggle of getting clothes on and actually feeling good in them is one of the hardest parts of the day. There are lots of reasons why kids have sensory sensitivities to clothes. For some it can be a part of being autistic or having ADHD, for others it is a developmental stage that will eventually pass. Regardless of why your kid is frustrated by tags or certain materials here are some tips on helping them: 

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  1. Try different textures: Experiment with different textures, such as soft cotton, smooth silk, or cozy flannel. You can also try different types of fabrics, such as those made from bamboo, which are soft, hypoallergenic, and gentle on the skin.
  2. Choose clothing with sensory features: Look for clothing with sensory features, such as sensory seams or tags that won't irritate the skin. 
  3. Get creative with layers: Layering can be a great way to provide sensory input without irritating the skin. Try adding a soft and cozy vest, hoodie, or scarf to your child's outfit for extra sensory input.
  4. Consider wearing pajamas all day: Pajamas, especially those made from bamboo, can be a comfortable and comforting option for children with sensory needs. Wearing pajamas all day can provide a sense of comfort and security, and can also be a great way to reduce sensory input. Check out our bamboo PJs!
  5. Get feedback from your child: Encourage your child to communicate what they like and don't like about their clothing. This can help you identify their preferences and make it easier to find clothing that works for them.

Clothing and textures can be a challenge for children with sensory disorders or sensory sensitivity. However, by being creative and trying different textures, materials, and sensory features, parents can help their children feel more comfortable and confident in their clothing and hopefully make mornings a little easier on everyone.

Check out PIKA PJs if your child has sensory sensitivity or disorders. They are soft, have flat seems and no tags. They also come in great colors and patterns that you and your kids will love.

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