Children with autism and sensory challenges have many enemies when it comes to clothing. Clothing tags, exposed elastic bands and itchy socks are just some of the challenges facing children with special needs. As more parents start requesting sensory friendly clothing more stores will start to carry these products.
To get you started in the comfortable clothing hunt we found eight stores that sell sensory friendly clothing:
1. Soft Clothing
Soft, founded in 2007 addresses the sensory clothing needs of more than 25% of American children. This population is growing 15% annually. Soft clothing offers hundreds of different sensory friendly items from seamless socks to soft denim. All Soft clothing is made from organic cotton, non-toxic dyes, tagless labels and flat seams.
2. Smart Knit Kids
Smart Knit Kids Focuses on seamless socks, underwear and t-shirts for boys and girls. Their patented seamless socks are perfect for children experiencing sensory processing differences, hypersensitivity or who simply can’t stand annoying seams!
- Free of any seams
- Reduces wrinkling and bunching in the shoe
- Unique, no heel design
- Comfortable non-binding top
3. Kozie Clothes
Kozie Clothes offers apparel and products with special features including soft and tactile pleasing fabrics, no tags and inverted seams for comfort. Kozie clothes also offers weighted clothing,compression clothing, and weighted vests.
Therapro offers products in over 20 categories for occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, educators, and parents. In their clothing category, Therapro offers sensory smart vests, shirts, socks and pants that are seamless, soft cottons and designed for those with sensory sensitivities. At Therapro you can also find compression shirts and other comfort clothing with weight options.
5. Fun And Function
Fun And Function offers hundreds of products for special needs parents and therapists. In their clothing section you can find super soft, seamless, tagless dresses, leggings, pants tees and socks that are designed for children with sensory issues. Fun and Function also has a compression vest section with various graphics printed on them.
6. Kickee Pants
Although not designed specifically for children with special needs Kickee Pants creates all their fabrications and styles based on the idea that children should feel unrestricted by their clothing. All Kickee Pants clothing is made from the softest bamboo cotton. They offer fashionable styles and a great selection of Dresses, Pants,Tights Underwear, Leggings, Pajamas and more.
7. World’s Softest Socks
The World’s Softest makes over 40 different soft and comfortable socks for men and woman. This site is great for older individuals who are sensory sensitive and need soft socks. You can choose from low cut, quarter, mini crew, over the calf and more. There is sure to be a soft sock to fit your needs.
8. No Netz
No Netz focuses on one product: Bathing suites for men and boys with no lining or net. For many the lining in bathing suits can cause skin irritation and chaffing. It can be very difficult for children with autism or sensory challenges to enjoy swimming when the lining rubs against the skin. Choose from three different fashions with more being added soon.
For more great tips check out: 10 Tips for dressing a sensory sensitive child and 11 More Tips For Dressing Your Sensory-Sensitive Child