Here in the US, kids are getting ready to start the school year. A mom mentioned to me that Target is now carrying sensory-friendly clothing by Cat and Jack; attractive and functional clothes for kids who find tags, seams and textured clothing uncomfortable. I went to check them out online. Here is what I learned:
The selection is limited but sufficient for kids who don’t have to wear a uniform for school. It includes clothes for toddlers up through grade school. I saw leggings and tees, both long and short-sleeved. There aren’t any tags and the seams are sewn flat. The garments have been pre-washed for softness, which saves parents some work. I know that there are kids who insist their new clothing be repeatedly laundered to get out the stiffening agents that have been applied to fabrics.
I know that this limited line doesn’t solve the problem of getting your child into formal clothing for a big wedding, and it may not have every color under the sun, but it is nice to see affordable clothing options for kids who struggle with this issue.
In my experience as a pediatric OT, children could still have issues with tolerating sleeves and pant legs. Some kids find the movement of fabric on skin irritating, regardless of the level of softness. I suggest that you ask your OT about desensitization techniques that can help you and your child have better experiences when dressing, regardless of the type of garment.
Happy Back-To-School shopping!