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How to Choose the Best Back-to-School Clothes for a Child with SPD

Choosing the Right Back to School Clothes for Your SPD Child

It’s part of the rite of passage for the start of each school year – back to school clothes.  Every family takes part in this ritual – some with excitement and joy, and others with dread.  Families with SPD children must tackle this task than most.  But, following these few tips will help you end up with new school clothes your child won’t fight you to wear.school

  1. Allow Your Child’s Preferences to Dictate Your Choices – Take your child shopping with you. Let him select outfits that feel good and are comfortable.  They may choose clothes that are loose fitting or baggy.  Or, they may prefer things to fit more snuggly.  They may prefer certain fabrics or fasteners.  Resist the urge to select outfits of your choosing.  As long as the clothes are school appropriate, your child will be more likely to wear them if he has selected them himself.
  2. Choose Items that Don’t Have Extras – Most experienced sensory parents will recommend seamless and tagless clothes, those with no zippers, buttons, or buckles, and those that are extra soft. This especially goes for things like undergarments.  Many children find SmartKnitKIDS seamless bralettes, undies for girls and boxer briefs for boys to be more comfortable than traditional undergarments.  They are all made with super soft materials and are knitted with no seams.
  3. Give Your Child Time to Get Used to the New Clothes – Some clothes and shoes need to be “broken in” before they are comfortable. Do your school shopping a few weeks ahead of time.  Then let your child wear her new clothes for short periods of time leading up to the start of school.  You’ll learn if there are things that make certain outfits annoying or uncomfortable.
  4. Stock Up on Tried and True Things – You know your kiddo. If you’ve found that a certain brand of t-shirt gets the most wear, buy several in different colors and even different sizes.  You may get sick of seeing the same thing on your kid, but if your child is dressed and comfortable, you’ve really scaled quite a mountain.
  5. Choose an Irritant-Free Laundry Detergent – This is something that can often-times be overlooked, but some people have sensitivities to certain dyes and perfumes in laundry detergent. For most people with this sensitivity, it can cause skin rash or irritation, but could also cause an itchy sensation.  Most major detergent brands make a dye and perfume free version that will help cut down on the sensitivity and irritation.  Also, avoid dryer sheets.
  6. Practice Dressing – Some children find comfort in a routine and this can be especially true when dressing. If your child is one of these, help them come up with a comfortable routine of dressing in the morning.  It will make school days go smoother.  Another reason to practice dressing is that you will find there are some things that your child has difficulty with – buttons, or difficult snaps.  You can help them work through these difficulties, or determine that a certain article of clothing may be better for home wear.
  7. Choose Weighted Clothing or Compression Shirts – Many children with Sensory Processing Disorder find comfort in heavy garments. They might be most comfortable completely covered, or want to wear fleece or other heavier fabrics.  Some have described this as putting a protective layer between them and the outside world.  Weighted vests tend to offer a solution for some, but many of these options are not ideal in warm environments or warmer months.  A compression shirt like the Compresso-T from SmartKnitKIDS gives children a sense of protection and calming without bulky or unnecessary fabrics.  The Compresso-T is lightweight and moisture wicking – the perfect solution for hot weather, or as a layer underneath other clothing.
  8. Get Rid of Regular Socks, the Biggest Irritant of All – We hear from parents everyday who tell us that socks are the biggest irritating issue for their child. Lumps, bumps and seams bunch and rub making wearing them very uncomfortable for them.  All of our SmartKnitKIDS socks are made with super soft and stretchy materials that are very comfortable for kids.  And better yet, they are knitted cocoon-style meaning that there are absolutely no seams throughout.  Your kids can rest easy knowing that there will be no irritating lumps or bumps to bug them at school.

Following these eight tips will help you with your child’s Back to School wardrobe, as well as navigating through the morning routine during school days.  For more general tips on preparing for Back to School with an SPD kid, check out this post.

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The Winners are In!!

A big SmartKnitKIDS Congratulations to the winners of our Back To School Photo Contest!!

All of our winners have received a $15 gift card to SmartKnit.com!  And now that your kids are SEAMLESSLY Back to School, don’t put those cameras away.  We love seeing your happy kids with their seamless socks!

But, we’ll wait until next year for more Back to School photos!  Here’s to a Seamless School Year!

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Back to School PHOTO CONTEST!

School Kids“The First Day of School” is different in every part of the country, but one thing they all have in common is the annual First Day of School pictures.  Beginning about the middle of August through the week after Labor Day there is a steady stream of First Day photos popping across social media.

Now with Labor Day squarely in the rear view mirror, kids across the country should be down to business in their school routines.  And it’ll be another year before we see those First Day photos again.  Or will it?!?

At SmartKnitKIDS, we’re so excited about Seamless Back to School days that we’re not quite ready to wait until next year!  So, we want to see photos of your child’s Seamless Back to School.  One lucky poster each week will win a $15 gift card to be used at Smartknit.com.  Who doesn’t want more SmartKnit?!?

To ENTER, post your photos to our Facebook and Twitter pages and use the hashtag #kidsmissionpossible.  One winner each week until October 3.  Now get to posting your Seamless Back to School photos!

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Tips for a Smooth Back to School “Transition” with an SPD Kid

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 Back to School 2015 is upon us.  Children all over the country are packing their pencils and crayons into backpacks, getting class assignments and waiting for the bus.  But, the start of a new school year may not bring excitement to all families.  Back to School can create extra challenges for the already challenging lives of children with sensory processing disorders.  As you ready your kids for the next big school year, try some of the tips below for helping to make a seamless transition for you and your kids.

Manage the Morning – Create a list of all the tasks that must get done in the morning.  Time each one ahead of time, so that you know how long it will take on average.  Try to eliminate any stimuli or distractions to keep your child on task.

Bedtime Prep 2 Weeks Before – Begin prepping for your child’s school bedtime routine about 2 weeks before school starts.  You can iron out all the kinks that may come up ahead of time, as well as help your child become accustomed to the new routine.

Pump Your Kids Up – Children feed off of your energy.  If you demonstrate a lot of negative or nervous energy about the beginning of school, your children will pick up on this.  Be excited about the start of school and let your kids know it.  They’ll absorb your positive energy and be excited themselves.

Establish Communication with the Teacher – This one is so important.  You need to establish good communication with your child’s teacher right up front.  Make sure you know the best way to contact the teacher and when is a good time to contact her/him.  Help the teacher by letting them know about your child’s challenges, as well as methods that you have for helping them through it.

Have a Safe Zone – Establish a safe zone for your child.  Whenever things – such as homework, the bedtime routine or the morning fluster – get to be too overwhelming for your child, make sure he has a place to escape for a few minutes.  The safe zone should be free of stimuli and contain things that help him cope.

Visit School Ahead of Time – Most schools have a Back To School Night.  These can tend to be packed with people and a little overwhelming, however.  Gauge your child and if an event like this might be too much for him, arrange another time to visit the school during a calmer environment.  But, it’s important to visit the school ahead of time so that your child starts to develop a sense of familiarity with his new surroundings.

Pack a Sensory Kit – Pack a kit to put in your child’s backpack of things that help your child.  Let the teacher know what is in the kit and how it will help your child.  Making sure the teachers and administrators know the types of triggers that create challenges, as well as what things help your child to overcome them will help everyone.

Make a Trial Run – Practice the routine for the entire day ahead of time.  This should include getting ready in the morning, how the child will get to school and get home, and what activities they are to do when arriving home (i.e. homework, chores, playtime, TV time, etc.).  Knowing the routine what is expected of him each day, will help your child to adapt.

Give the Child a Sense of Control – A new routine might be a little scary for your son or daughter, but letting them make small choices will help them to feel more in control.  Make sure the choices are not open-ended, but between no more than two or three things.  For example: braid or ponytail for your daughter’s hair, the dinosaur, ninja turtle or super hero shirt for your son, cereal or pancakes for breakfast, Kids Bop or the soundtrack to Frozen in the car.

Make a Seam-Free First Day Outfit – As moms, we have a tendency to want to dress our children up for the first day.  They look so much cuter for all the first day photos.  It may be tough, but try to ignore this urge.  Choose an outfit that is comfortable and doesn’t have any annoying lumps, bumps or tags.  Your child will have a more comfortable first day all around if they’re feeling comfortable, too.  Don’t forget your SmartKnitKIDS seamless socks, underwear, bralette and compresso t, and your kiddo will be on their way to a great first day!!

Happy First Day of School 2015 from your friends at SmartKnitKIDS!!  Here’s to a seamless school year!!

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Fasten Up for Back to School – Win 2 Myself Belts!

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At SmartKnitKIDS, we’re all about helping families and children to have seamless mornings.  That’s why our seamless socks and undergarments are so special.  With Back to School right around the corner, SmartKnitKIDS wants to help you have seamless mornings and a great BTS!  Like SmartKnitKIDS, there are other great products out there that help to make mornings seamless and easy.

One such product is called Myself Belts.  Myself Belts are the only one-handed fastening and unfastening belts currently on the market.  The belts are easy to fasten and unfasten making them a great accessory for children, especially potty training toddlers and preschoolers.  They are also great for older children, teens and adult that have hand dexterity challenges or other special needs.  Myself Belts are made in a variety of colors and patterns, including school uniform appropriate colors.

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Perhaps you remember seeing Myself Belts on the popular ABC show Shark Tank.  On the October 31, 2014 episode, company founder Talia Goldfarb pitched her idea to the sharks.  She struck a deal with Shark Daymond John and Myself Belts continues growing from there.

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Myself Belts are the perfect partner for SmartKnitKIDS!  That’s why we’ve partnered up to give away TWO Myself Belts to TWO lucky SmartKnitKIDS customers.  So who wants to win two of these great products for kids?  We hope everyone does.  Click on the link below to enter!

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Here’s to a Seamless Back to School!

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Have a Seamlessly Stress-Free Back to School with SmartKnitKIDS Sale!

You know what I saw at the store the other day?  School supplies!!  That’s right, the stores are already geared up for Back to School.  I know it’s no comparison to Christmas decorations arriving in July, but it still always seems to happen so early.  But, a quick look at the calendar tells me that the inevitable Back to School is looming right around the corner.ID-10033395

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All of the sudden I’m getting flashbacks of school supply shopping during last year’s tax free holiday, hunting for the elusive green, plastic pocket folder with brads; me and every other parent in town with a soon-to-be second grader.  Why do those school supply lists have to be so darn specific?  Wouldn’t a nice blue one do just as well, seeing as how all the green ones are gone?  And what about the school clothes?  Don’t get me started.

As you can see, Back to School shopping is stressful for this mom.  The team at SmartKnitKIDS is hoping that you don’t get as stressed out as I do.  But, whether you’re like me, or you breeze through school shopping with ease, we want to make part of your school shopping easier.  So, we can’t help you find the green, plastic pocket folder with brads, but we can give you 20% off all your seamless socks and underclothes from SmartKnitKIDS!  The sale runs on our website from now until August 17.  No coupon codes are needed.

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Our SmartKnitKIDS seamless socks, underwear, bralette and compresso-t help your kiddo have super seamless Back to School and a super seamless school year.  Check back with us next month for more tips on how to have a seamless Back to School!


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It’s Almost Back to School Time!

I can hardly believe that its almost time to go back to school! The summer has truly flown by. For all the boys and girls getting ready to start classes, good luck! I hope you have a wonderful school year. For all the parents, summer is over and I’m sure this brings a bag of mixed feelings for some. I wish everyone a great, fun, safe, bug free school year!

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