In just a few short years, adaptive and sensory-friendly clothing options for kids have come a long way.
What started out as a niche market has expanded to include collections at major retailers like Kohl’s, JCPenny, and Target. For the first time, parents and their little ones have choices.
On top of that, brands are getting creative. They’re finding new ways to design clothing that suits a child’s needs without sacrificing style.
You just have to look at designer Tommy Hilfiger’s adaptive kids’ line to see that in action. The clothes look near identical to anything else you’d find on the website. You’d never know that the sweatshirts have velcro shoulder seams to allow for easy on-and-off and quick access for medical treatments.
Shoe brands are becoming more creative as well, adding things like loops for easy on-and-off and extra zippers for extra-wide, easy access.
Of course, disabilities and sensory needs vary from kid to kid, meaning that adaptive clothing isn’t going to be one-size-fits-all. But brands are diversifying, including all types of closures, openings, access points, and more to suit a variety of needs.
Although there have been great strides in the last few years, the options for adaptive and sensory-friendly toddler and kids’ clothing still pale in comparison to the offerings for kids without such needs. But, you have to start somewhere. And, if the last few years are any indication, then we only have more innovations, more fashion, and more fun to look forward to.
Below, you’ll find seven of our favorite adaptive and/or sensory-friendly options. We’ve indicated the adaptive features offered as well as the age ranges available. Happy shopping!
1. Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Kids Clothing offers a range of 98 products perfect for the little one who wants an extra prep in their step. The collection is wide-ranging and includes everything from dresses to hoodies to tees to jackets to jeans. You can filter by adaptive feature, making it easy than ever to find just what you need.
Adaptive Features Available: Easy open necklines, extended zippers, hook and loop fly, magnetic buttons, one-handed zippers, port openings, pull-up looks, seated wear, sensory-friendly, side seam openings, and wide leg openings.
2. Kozy Clothes
Kozy Clothes specializes in medical clothing for little ones as well as weighted and compression clothing for kiddos.
Ages: Babies, Preemies, Toddlers, and Kids
Adaptive Features Available: Snap closures for easy access to medical treatments like G-TUBE, tracheostomies, ports, and catheters; temperature control tops and caps; compression clothing; and weighted vests and blankets.
3. Kohl’s Adaptive
The Kohl’s Adaptive Clothing selection includes a wide range of styles that typically fit into four categories: abdominal access and diaper-friendly, seated comfort, easy dressing, and sensory-friendly. They’ve integrated styles from three of their top kids’ clothing brands to give you 153 products that include, dresses, swimwear, sleepwear, one-pieces, and more.
Ages: Newborns, Babies, Toddlers, Kids
Adaptive Features Available: snaps and openings for easy access to feeding tubes, higher waistlines for diaper coverage, hidden leg openings, adjustable pockets, hook and loop closures, larger neck openings, reinforced belt loops, and flat and external seams.
4. Patti & Ricky
Patti & Ricky is a one-stop-shop for everything you need for both kids and adults. Offerings include clothing, accessories, shoes, weighted blankets, mobility aids, fidgets, and more.
Adaptive Features Available: compression clothes, pull tabs, stretchy waistbands, drawstrings, velcro closures, no tags, snap shoulders for port access, abdominal access, snaps for catheter access, and weighted vests.
5. Target Cat & Jack Adaptive
With 142 products, Target’s Cat & Jack Adaptive line is perfect for any kid who has their own style and wants the world to know it! Clothes are designed with both fashion and functionality in mind. You can filter by adaptive feature to make it super easy to find just the right piece for your kiddo.
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Tweens
Adaptive Features Available: Adjustable waistbands, belt loops, drawstring waistbands, flat seams, abdominal access, high rise for diaper coverage, sensory-friendly, side openings, side vents, tagless, and thumbholes.
6. Nike FlyEase Shoes
What kid doesn’t want a fresh pair of Nikes? Lucky for us, the brand has a line called Nike FlyEase Shoes for kids (and adults!) that makes putting on your sneakers easier than ever. With a variety of styles and colors, you’re sure to find at least one pair you love.
Ages: Babies, Toddlers, Kids
Adaptive Features Available: Zipper closures, strap closures, and toggle closures.
7. Sensory Smart Clothing
Sensory Smart Clothing specializes in making soft, comfy clothes that won’t irritate your kid’s sensitive skin! The brand is all about no tags, no inside seams, and, of course, super-soft fabrics.
Adaptive Features: no tags, ultra-soft bamboo fabric, outside seams, and comfortable waistbands.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.