Buying clothes for kids with special needs can be challenging for parents. Itchy tags, unforgiving waistbands and designs that make it hard to get dressed are just a few of the common concerns. Luckily, Target came to the rescue this summer with the launch of their adaptive clothing line under the affordable Cat & Jack brand—and now the cutting-edge company is coming out with a bigger variety of adaptive apparel designs.
The initial round of clothes were designed to be sensory-friendly for kids who are sensitive to tags and seams.
“For these pieces, we decided to start with our core tees and leggings, and address guests' most common requests—like removing tags and embellishments that can irritate the skin," said Target designer Stacey Monsen in a press release. As the mom of a kiddo with autism, Monsen said she's especially aware of the challenges presented by traditional apparel options. “We also added more ease through the hip and a higher rise in our leggings to fit with diapers, if needed, for older kids.
Now, the team is back with adaptive apparel that is hugely helpful for parents and kids navigating the challenges that typical designs pose.
“Our team met with real kids to understand what their needs are in different types of apparel, then put our expertise to the test to create the products," said Mari Anderson, principal technical designer for Target's kids' apparel line, in a press release. “Without a doubt, this has been the most meaningful project that I have been a part of."
The new collection of outerwear with zip-off sleeves, footless sleepwear, diaper-friendly leggings and bodysuits features “extra-soft, comfortable and durable cotton knits."
The sensory-friendly products are currently available on Target.com with the adaptive options on the way on October 22. The prices for all items range from $4.50 to $39.99 with most produced falling under $19.99.
For now, here are a few styles we're already loving:
This cute graphic tee
Combining two of every kid's favorite things—puppies and superheroes!—this trendy design will help kids feel fashionable without discomfort. Tagless, soft and sewn with flat seams, you might want to buy two because this will probably become a favorite shirt.
A dinosaur design
Another tagless shirt, this dinosaur design is a lot softer than the prehistoric creature it depicts, so your little archeologist won't be bothered by embellishments in this shirt.
Perfectly basic leggings
Bottoms that don't bother kids with sensory issues can be tough to find, so these tagless leggings are a great design. They're also great for older kids that wear diapers since the higher rise is made with thicker undergarments in mind.
Long-sleeved shirts for fall
Cold weather calls for longer sleeves, but they can be a problem for sensory sensitive kids. These long-sleeved shirts will keep kiddos warm without overloading them.
Sweet toddler styles
The littlest kids can be the hardest to shop for, so we're glad to see Target added toddler apparel to the sensory-friendly line. This shirt is adorable and soft—perfect for cuddling.
Bodysuits with improved access
Designed for easier abdominal access, these bodysuits are anything but “basic" for the families that will benefit from the brilliant design.
Outerwear with zip-off sleeves
Designed for kids getting dressed while sitting or laying, the cool new outerwear options from Target will help keeping little ones cozy—without anyone having to work up a sweat while trying to get dressed.
We always knew we could rely on Target for being innovative with their designs—and it's so cool to know that include options for all families. ?