One of the most important lessons children can learn is that it is okay wear comfortable clothes. Being able to play and be comfortable, to get dirty and enjoy it, is all part of childhood.
Constricting clothing limits a child’s ability to have free range of motion for playtime activities. It inhibits the development of motor skills. It can even cause nerve damage. It also makes learning new social skills difficult.
Clothing affects children’s lives much more than we adults may think it does. Until they develop some sense of themselves as individuals, children have a deep-seated need to look like everyone else. Being accepted by their peers is of paramount importance to children.
Children who are comfortable in their clothes will tend to be more involved in playtime. They will be more social, and they will involve themselves in more diverse experiences. Also, their emotional health will be more age appropriate.
Stylish clothing for children need not be fashioned after adult clothing for your child to be in vogue. Simple styles in bright colors will always win favor with your child’s playmates.
Clothing for toddlers
Robin McClure, an expert in child care, says that while it may be tempting to dress your toddlers in frilly, ruffled clothes for daycare and play time, caregivers and preschool teachers want children dressed in practical clothing, ready for fun. She suggests:
- Pull-on britches like Coco Blanc’s Bloomers, which are available in Mint, Pale Yellow, and several other colors
- Pull-on pants, which make for easy bathroom breaks with no accidents for toddlers up to age 7 or so, like Coco Blanc’s leggings for girls or trousers for boys
Clothing for school-age children
Children need jackets or cardigans at school when the weather begins to get a bit cool. While girls may enjoy leggings, they want to wear skirts sometimes too, and Coco Blanc has fashionable skirts in a wide assortment of colors.
Children with clothing special needs
Today more than 1 in 150 children (with the numbers growing by 10% to 17% yearly) have sensory processing disorders that cause them to be more sensitive to the clothing they wear than children without this problem. They have reactions to fabrics they feel are ‘scratchy.’ Some have allergic reactions to man-made fabrics, and some react negatively to detergents.
It is important for these children to feel comfortable in the clothing they wear, otherwise, with their hypersensitivity, they will be continually distracted from being able to successfully participate in everyday activities.
Coco Blanc Children’s Clothing
Coco Blanc is one of the few children’s clothing designers that uses soft, natural fabrics that are well-tolerated by many children with sensory disorders. Their leggings are a soft cotton knit. Their bloomers are made of a durable, soft cotton twill, and their trousers are made from a soft wool blend.
Coco Blanc was started by Ester and Sarah, two moms who wanted comfortable, stylish clothing for their own children. They pride themselves on using only good quality materials in their line of children’s clothing.