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Springing into Spring with a Sensory Sensitive Child

Spring is in the air and to many people, that is welcome news!  But parents of children with Sensory Processing Disorder, that is not always the case.  There are a lot of reasons that make spring a little difficult for these children.


Oh yes, allergies.  While nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes can be annoying to most people that suffer from them, for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, allergies are even worse.  When a child is hypersensitive to sensory input, a body’s reaction to allergens can be intolerable.

Many people think there is precious little you can do to prevent allergies, but there are actually a lot of things that can be done to help any allergy sufferer.  If your sensory sensitive child has a difficult time managing seasonal allergies you may want to try HEPA air filters, as well as a HEPA vacuum cleaner.  A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, can trap pollens, dander and other allergens.  Another way to keep allergens out of the house is to wash window screens, or better yet, resist the urge to open them up.  An allergy sufferer should also wash their hair and body at the end of each day to wash away the pollens before going to bed.  Wash clothing items that are typically not washed as often (like shoes or jackets) more often.  Finally, if you child will tolerate it, use a saline rinse to clear nasal passages of allergens.


The changes in weather and temperature from cold, dry winter to a warm/cool, wet and budding spring can really affect the senses.  The scents of grass and trees budding and the cleansing rain washing away the winter might be a great sensation to most of us, but the change can be overwhelming to the sensory sensitive kid.

There isn’t a whole lot that can be done to change the weather.  The spring weather is coming sooner or later.  You can help your child to “warm up” to the weather changes by talking about them ahead of time.  “I’m looking forward to the sweet smell of the trees and flowers budding,” you might try.  Or, “the spring rain is nature’s way of giving the earth a bath.  It will feel so good.”


I don’t know about you, but changing out the winter wardrobe can feel a little strange at first.  Lighter fabrics, shorter sleeves, shoes without socks, and frankly lighter weight clothes all around all can feel so different after the long winter of bundling up.  It can take a little time transitioning, especially for someone that has sensory challenges.

The easiest thing you can do to help your child transition to spring clothes is to make sure and wash them all beforehand.  New things may be scratchy and older things may need to be freshened up after sitting in the closet all winter.  Make sure everything fits properly.  If your kiddo has grown enough, old things may be a little tight, which might be uncomfortable to your child.  Make sure to avoid clothing with scratchy tags, elastic waistbands or cuffs and annoying seams.  SmartKnitKIDS seamless undies and socks feel great against the skin.

Daylight Savings Time

Many children thrive on routine and when that routine is disrupted just a little bit (looking at you, Daylight Savings Time), it can wreck havoc on the whole family.  A sensory sensitive kid may have a tough time coping with the change, especially the spring change when everything gets a little earlier.

Well, we’re a little late to the game on this year’s Daylight Savings Time prep, but it never hurts lay out a good plan for future.  The easiest way to prepare a child for Daylight Savings Time change is to gradually move bedtime back by several minutes each day by several days in advance.  The gradual change will be less taxing on the child’s internal clock making the time change easier.

With a little bit of preparation, even your most sensory sensitive child can successfully navigate their way into spring.

Introducing Bugsette!


You’ve seen Bugsette before!  She’s the sweet purple-y sister of our friend Bugsley!  She models our bralette and girls’ undies, and she loves to wear SmartKnitKIDS pink and purple socks!

Bugsette enjoys lots of fun activities just like SmartKnit Kids!  She likes to play soccer. She loves to play make-believe with her brother Bugsley.  And she really loves her dance class. Her seamless SmartKnitKIDS socks, undies and bralette keep her super comfortable while she navigates all the super activities that make her Bugsette!

Look for the Bugsette card in your packages of SmartKnitKIDS socks! She’s a great addition to your Bugsley collection.

Since April is Autism Awareness Month, it is the best time to expand your Bugsley collection.  All orders over $50 will receive Bugsley Bucks – money that can used for purchases May 1 – June 16.

Orders $50 – $79.99 receive $10 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $80 – $109.99 receive $20 in Bugsley Bucks.

Orders $110+ receive $30 in Bugsley Bucks.


Announcing The Retirement of 5 Beloved Bugsley Cards

How many of your SmartKnitKIDS kiddos collect the Bugsley cards that come in the boxes of SmartKnitKIDS socks? All of them, right?!  We thought so. Well it is time to meet some new Bugsleys, which will come during the next few weeks in April.  And as the saying goes, “out with the old, in with the new,” so we’ll be retiring some the following Bugsleys. Hope you got one!

Officer Bugsley – Finding Seams and Taking Names! Officer Bugsley is on patrol to find all those offensive seams. Don’t worry, though, he’ll still be working hard even if his card is retired!


Astronaut Bugsley – This awesome explorer roams the universe looking for the best seamless solutions for all our seam-sensitive kiddos out there. Just like Officer Bugsley, he’ll still be on the job.


Blue Sox Bugsley – This slugger hits home runs daily for Team No Seams! He’s one player that we’re glad is on our team.  The No Seams Team are the Home Run Champions!!


Bend It Like Bugsley – GOOOAAALLL!!  This Bugsley is on the Champion Seamless Soccer Team. He’s the king of dribbles and scores!


Super Bugsley – It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s Super Bugsley!  Keeper of the Seam Free Universe, this Bugsley works hard to keep your world Seam Free!


These Bugsley cards have been some of our favorites, but we can’t wait to introduce you to 5 new friends coming to your SmartKnitKIDS socks boxes!  Stay tuned  . . .

Tips for Parents Navigating SPD

In observance of Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month this October, our team would like offer the following nine tips for parents navigating life with an SPD kid.  Sensory sensitivity can be overwhelming to parents, especially if it is a new diagnoses.

  1. Embrace your own sensory issues. – We all have them – there’s no denying it. Personally, I don’t like the texture of oatmeal or the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard – that one’s all of us, right?  I don’t like dirt on my hands and feet.  Some people pale at the sight of blood.  The difference is that people without SPD can usually manage their sensory issues, while people with SPD do not know how to process them and they tend to get overwhelmed.  But, in embracing your own sensory issues, it helps to understand what an SPD child is feeling or going through.
  2. Create a sensory diet. – Once you’ve identified your child’s sensory needs, make time each day to fulfill them – or at least one thing. Perhaps it’s swinging at the park or having some quiet time to his or herself.  Whatever it is, ensuring your child gets this input each day will help them to be more balanced.
  3. Celebrate your child’s strengths. – SPD kids are extraordinary individuals who just happen to struggle with certain aspects of everyday life. When things become frustrating for you and your child, focusing on his or her strengths will help get through the frustration.
  4. Trust your intuitions. – You know your children better than anyone. If something just doesn’t feel right, trust that feeling.  Don’t let family members, other parents or doctors sway you away from your intuition.  You are the best advocate for your child.
  5. Join your child in their world. – Connect with your child by doing the things that they do. If he loves to spin, spin with him.  If she enjoys a cold popsicle, have one with her.  Take a moment to let loose, be silly and have courtesy of imagerymajestic at
  6. Focus on the long term. – A good road trip is the best analogy to describe parenting, because overall it is a journey, but especially with a sensory kid. Sometimes the road is smooth and other times it’s bumpy.  And sometimes you need to pull over at the rest stop.  Sometimes you need to take a detour or return home and start again.  But ultimately, the destination is worth the journey – a happy, well-adjusted kid!
  7. Be willing to rewrite the playbook. – No sensory solution will work forever. As your child grows and changes, their sensitivities may change.  They may get better or worse, or they may develop other sensitivities.  Be flexible and work towards new solutions.
  8. Do research. – The world is full of information that is always changing and developing. Stay on top of studies and ideas by reading websites and books.  Knowledge is power!
  9. Raise awareness. – You are the best advocate for your child. Help other parents or teachers to understand things in your family’s world.  Many people won’t understand SPD unless they are faced with it.  Wear orange proudly.  Just like pink is the color for breast cancer awareness, orange is the color for SPD awareness.  And we know right where you can get a pair of perfectly seamless orange socks that will feel great on your child’s toes!  Visit and wear your orange!smartknitkids-ankle-orange-noicons

Tips for Recognizing SPD

Are you wearing orange this October?  Wearing orange in October means more than just Halloween in the Sensory Processing Community.  October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month and orange is the awareness movement’s color.

Since children living with sensory sensitivity are near and dear to our hearts, we wanted to spread awareness by reminding us all of the signs a child may display indicating a sensory sensitivity.  The information below comes directly from the book Raising a Sensory Smart Child: the Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues.  We recommend the book which can be purchased on Amazon.  The blog should not be used in place of advice from a medical doctor or occupational therapist.

What is Sensory Processing?

Sensory Processing refers to how a person uses the information provided by the sensations coming from within the body, as well as the external environment.  We all remember learning about the five senses in school (touch, taste, smell, sight, sound).  In addition to the five traditional senses, a person will also receive sensory input from the body’s position and movement.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

When it is suggested that a child may have sensory processing disorder, it usually means that the child displays symptoms of hypersensitivity – a child who is over sensitive to stimuli – or hyposensitivity – a child who is under sensitive to stimuli.  There are many different symptoms to look for when determining if a child may have a sensory processing disorder.

Over-Sensitive Children



A child who is over sensitive to touch may avoid several of all types of touching or may shy away from being touched.  This is known as tactile defensiveness.  They may not like to be held as infants or toddlers.  These children may not like the feel of certain textures on their hands and feet and avoid things that may make them messy like paint, glue, sand, etc.  They may not like holding things in their hands – especially if the object is made of certain textures.  This avoidance can lead to delays in fine and gross motor skills.  They also may take issue with certain clothing items or fabrics, socks, shoes, seams, tags or waistbands.

Body Position

A child who is over sensitive to the body’s position has trouble understanding where his own body is in space.  This child doesn’t understand how much force needs to be applied for certain activities, so they appear to be weak and clumsy.  They may have trouble closing snaps or buttons or attaching snap-together toys.

Body Movement

A child with body movement sensitivities may avoid movements that require him to unnecessarily pick his feet up off the ground, such a jumping or skipping.  He may be hesitant or afraid of stairs or playground equipment.  He may have trouble with balance or easily become dizzy.  He may easily become motion sick and avoid things like carousels or spinning toys.


This child has trouble shutting out background noise.  Simple sounds like the noise of a vacuum cleaner may be too much.  Or the hum of an air conditioner or refrigerator may be distracting and annoying.  This is also the child that needs total silence in order to go to sleep and stay asleep.  Being in loud or crowded settings may be difficult for this child.


A child who is over sensitive to sight may have trouble adjusting to bright lights.  They may have trouble following moving objects or making eye contact.  They may become overexcited or agitated if there is too much to look at.


The difficulty that this child experiences is that many common scents or odors may seem overly fragrant.  He may hold his nose and object to things that may seem fine to most people.  They may gag easily or become nauseated.


Taste goes hand-in-hand with smell, so many of the symptoms will be the same.  But, this child may also object to certain food textures.  He may have difficulty with foods that are too hot or too cold.  He may gag easily on foods or may find that only certain foods are acceptable.  He may have difficulty trying new foods.

Under-Sensitive Children


A child who is under sensitive to touch may not react to sensations that other children find upsetting.  These can include childhood vaccinations or common, minor injuries such as scraped knees.  The may seek strong hugs or cuddles and may be especially comforted by them.

Body Position

Like a child who is over sensitive to body position, an under-sensitive child has difficulty determining how much force should be applied to an object.  This child may too easily break crayons or spill drinks.  He may push or bump into other children and seem aggressive because he can’t properly apply an adequate amount of force.

Body Movement

This child will seem fearless.  For example, he may be the child that climbs furniture or wants to swing higher and higher on playground equipment.  Or, he may be unable to sit still and constantly fidgets.


This is the child that just doesn’t seem to pick up on verbal instructions.  He may miss something a teacher says during class.  He may seem to not hear you when you call his name even though his ability to hear is not impaired.  He may frequently ask others to repeat things.


Under sensitive children may overcompensate for their sight sensitivities by touching objects.  They may stare at objects or words or may seem distracted by them.


An under sensitive child may crave certain scents.  He may frequently sniff food, people or objects.  Or he may not be bothered by unpleasant or strong odors.


This child may want to taste objects that are not meant to be food.  He may crave certain foods or crave extra flavor – particularly something spicy or strong-flavored.

Knowing some of the common symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder will help parents to identify ways to help their children better process input.

Don’t forget your orange SmartKnitKIDS socks to help spread awareness!



Biel, Lindsey, and Nancy K. Peske. Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues. New York, NY: Penguin, 2009. Print.

Memorial Day Facts

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer.  The three-day weekend is chalk full of barbecues, parades, super sales and pool and water park openings.  But, what is it, truly, that we are celebrating?  Many people don’t know that the day is set aside for remembering and memorializing American servicemen and women that have been killed in American wars.  But, there is so much more to the story.  Here are several facts about Memorial Day you may not know:

  1. Civil War origins – The late spring remembrance to American war dead began in the aftermath of the Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day, it was an informal commemoration of the roughly 620,000 soldiers killed during the Civil War.
  2. Freed American slaves organized earliest commemorations – On May 1, 1865, black US soldiers, including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry, gathered in Charleston, South Carolina at a new burial for Union dead. They distributed flowers and sang hymns.
  3. Official holiday founded in May 1868 – General John A. Logan, who was commander of a Union veterans’ group called the Grand Army of the Republic, decreed that May 30 would become a nationwide day of commemoration.
  4. Did not become a federal holiday until 1971 – After General Logan decreed a national day in 1868, more than 27 states adopted some form of commemoration. By 1890, every state had adopted it, but the day still only recognized Civil War dead.  After our entry into World War I, the holiday was expanded to include those killed in all wars.  But it wasn’t until 1971, when the U.S. was 6 years deep into the Vietnam War, for Memorial Day became the federal holiday set aside on the last Monday of May that we know it as now.
  5. Many have lobbied for it to return to May 30 – Many Veterans groups that American do not use the day for its intended purpose, but instead associate it with the first long weekend of the summer. They argue that returning the commemoration back to May 30, regardless of the day of the week would return the significance to honoring war dead.
  6. Memorial Day traditions and practices – On Memorial Day, the American flag should be hung at half-staff until 12:00 noon, and then raised to the top. In 2000 Congress passed a resolution that suggested Americans should pause at 3:00 pm local time to offer a National Moment of Remembrance.
  7. Who is included in a Federal Holiday – A Federal holiday, like Memorial Day, technically only applies to Federal employees and those in the District of Columbia. However, many of the 11 federal holidays, Memorial Day included, are observed by all 50 states and many businesses.

This Memorial Day, as you’re having barbecues and parades, pause for a few moments to remember those American servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day from our team and Knit-Rite and Therafirm.

National Youth Sports Safety Month

Well it’s springtime, and if you house is anything like mine, spring sports or even practices for summer sports, are in full swing.  Seems like perfect timing for April to be designated as National Youth Sports Safety Month.  Many studies have shown the true benefit to children playing organized sports.  But, one main concern involving children’s sports is always safety and preventing injury.

Injuries can range anywhere from serious injuries like bone breaks, concussions and dehydration to small things such as blisters.  Many parents tell us that our SmartKnitKIDS socks help to cut down on rubbing, irritation and blisters and make especially great soccer socks, as well as socks to wear under ice skating or horse riding boots!  Who knew?!  Actually, it makes perfect sense because the moisture wicking properties in SmartKnitKIDS socks help to cut down on rubbing and irritation caused by moisture.  The completely seamless nature of our socks eliminate other sources of irritation and pressure points.  Our socks are actually great at helping to prevent these small injuries from occurring keeping your kiddos active and in the game.


Our team at SmartKnitKIDS encourages kids to get active and be involved in youth sports.  It’s a great way to build confidence, develop teamwork and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  And even though our socks can prevent the blisters, it’s important to remember the following things to prevent the serious injuries from occurring.

  1. Get a Pre-Participation Physical Exam – Most school organized sports will require children to receive these physicals before participating. They are a great way to help diagnose any medical conditions that may put your child at risk.  Many sports for younger children don’t require a physical in order to participate, but it doesn’t hurt to mention to your pediatrician any sports or physical activities your child will be playing.
  2. Develop a Hydration Culture – Always send your child to practice with plenty of water – especially during the hotter months. Make sure your child is well hydrated before arriving at practice, and that coaches are allowing frequent hydration breaks throughout practice.
  3. Stretch Before Practicing – A good warmup before practices or games will help keep muscles loose and prevent tears or sprains. Always build in plenty of time for warm up into any practice and arrive early prior to games in order to warm up.
  4. Develop an Off Season – Children are children and it’s important not to push them too hard or let them push themselves too hard either. Most sports medicine specialists recommend 10 consecutive weeks of rest from any one sport in a year’s time.
  5. Wear the Right Gear – Each child should wear all appropriate safety gear (helmets, shin guards, mouth guards, cups, shoulder pads, knee pads, etc.) for both practices and games. Ensure that the gear is the right size and is being worn correctly to prevent injury.
  6. Don’t Forget Sunscreen – Whenever you are outdoors for longer periods of time, sunscreen is definitely in order. Many stores will carry sweat proof sunscreen specifically designed for sports.  Remember that the sun can be damaging even when cloudy or even when the temperature is cool.  And, make sure to rub some on the whole family, not just the athlete.
  7. Be Prepared for Minor or Major Emergencies – At least one coach or parent volunteer should be certified in first aid or CPR. Keep a first aid kit and cell phone handy with your sports equipment.  Make sure you know the address of where you’re at in case you need to relay that information to an ambulance.  Be able to recognize the signs of dehydration or concussion.
  8. Eat a Healthy Diet – Grabbing some chicken nuggets from the McDonald’s drive through on the way to a game is sometimes necessarily convenient for many parents. But, make an effort to feed your child foods that provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well as lean protein which will help build muscles.  Carbohydrates in moderation are a good fuel for right before a game or practice, but avoid foods high in sugar or fat.
  9. Get Adequate Sleep – Sleep allows your body to refuel – something that is always important, but especially so when playing sports. Got an early Saturday morning game?  Make sure the kids get in bed early on Friday night so they will get enough sleep.  Children should get the following based on their age:
  • 3 to 6 year olds: 10 to 12 hours
  • 7 to 12 year olds: 10 to 11 hours
  • 12 to 18 year olds: 8 to 9 hours

With that SmartKnitKIDS wishes all of our young athletes a successful season!  Play hard, Stay safe and healthy, and Do your best!

** Disclaimer – Not to take the place of medical advice.  Always consult with your doctor about health concerns.