Choosing Sensory Friendly Clothing

How do I choose the right clothing for my sensitive child ?


It can be tricky to sift through all the information out there about "Sensory Friendly" clothing & what it all means.
Let's break it down ....

 

For those who are sensitive to how clothes feel on their skin, getting dressed can be tricky. Even small irritants, like a too-tight cuff or a nagging tag, can feel unbearable.
As a parent it can be helpful to understand and know how to support your loved one and be able to meet their needs. Taking the stress out of daily dressing and choosing the right clothing can make a big difference for the whole family.
It’s important to recognise that there are no set rules that will lead to immediate success, given that every person is unique, but experimenting and keeping these few tips in mind, you will be a few steps closer to helping your loved one feel more comfortable and able to get on with the important things in life, like relaxing!

 

Think Soft..

  • Stiff or scratchy fabrics can be very irritating so it’s best to try and avoid them if you can.

  • Try & choose pants with elastic waistbands if pants with zippers feel too tight, heavy or rough. 

  • Pre-wash new clothes a few times to soften them!

  • Try to choose natural, soft fabrics.

 

Material is important..

  • Clothing made from synthetic materials can feel itchy or strange to someone with sensory sensitivities.  (Think PJ's made of cheap fleece or acrylic leggings!)

  • Synthetic fabrics are not breathable, which can cause a “suffocating" feeling.

  • Instead of man-made blends, choose organic and naturally breathable fabrics, such as bamboo, cotton, silk or linen.


Whats the deal with tags & seams?...

  • A scratchy shirt tag or a misaligned sock seam may feel unbearable to some.

  • Keep a look out for tagless, seamless clothes when you shop. Flat seams are a good option as well as they sit flat on the body causing less irritation.

  • Snipping the tag off as close as possible to the garment (try not to cut a hole!)

 

Avoid the extra bits...

  • Try to avoid tops with rough collars, buttons or zips
  • No appliqués - they may be stiff textured or itchy on the inside of the garment.
  • Plastic Graphics can be very annoying & feel cold and rubbery to touch. Go for soft graphics that are dyed into the material.

Consider the fit..

  • If shorts feel annoying and bunchy, choose a capri style instead.
  • Bathers/swimsuits without a netting liner.
  • For girls, find a bra that fits without slipping down on the shoulders—a sports bra or a racer back style may be a safe bet.
  • Choose socks that won’t slouch or slip down inside shoes.

 

Firm or compressed.. 

  • Compression clothing can be comforting for some people. Weighted vests & blankets can be used as part of integration therapy & can have a calming effect.
  • Layers or tight fitting clothing can also help provide that “cocoon” feeling.

 

All of our products at Comfort on the Spectrum have been carefully designed & manufactured with a special focus on sensitivities by taking many the above points into careful consideration. 

We recommend trying different types of dressing to see what works best for you.
The wearer is the only one that knows what feels right or wrong!
I hope this has helped simplify some of the complications around this issue & that you & your loved ones can find comfort in your everyday!
 
Kelly 

 Sensory Friendly Loungewear.

Uniquely Designed for a Relaxed & Comfortable Experience.

 

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