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Target’s new adaptive clothes empower kids with disabilities

Target is expanding their sensory-friendly line with adaptive options. ?

Target’s new adaptive clothes empower kids with disabilities
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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.

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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. ?

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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