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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. ?

Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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