Hi there fellow parents of children with sensory sensitivities. Especially those whose kids are very particular about clothes because of the way they feel or look.
Does this sound familiar?
It’s a winters night and you get your little one ready for bed. All is sweet and cosy in your house. It’s time to change in to their pajamas. Suddenly things get a little tense.
Maybe they don’t want to get out of their daytime clothes (which are awesomely filthy from a day’s fun). Or maybe they’re not even wearing clothes because even though it’s winter, they prefer not to wear clothes during the day. And now it’s time to put pyjamas on they just don’t want to. Or maybe like one of my kids, they put their winter PJs on and declare everything is OK, only to take them off at the very last minute.
They’re upset and aggravated about this pyjama business and you’re freaking out because it’s winter and they’ll get cold sleeping naked. You don’t want to push them but you really can’t afford to have the heating turned up to tropical temperatures in the middle of winter every night.
Sound a little familiar?
While I am all about finding loving, creative solutions, and we’ve implemented many over winter’s nights over the years.. It was really amazing when last year my twins both trialled a pair of organic cotton PJs by Bhumi AND kept them on all night and for half of the next morning. For two little kids affectionately called ‘nudikins’ for their dislike of clothes, that was pretty amazing. Not sure if it was a once off, we continued with these sensory friendly pyjamas for the rest of the week. We loved them so much we asked Bhumi if we could stock them in our little shop so that we could share them with the world at Way of the Cactus.
A year on, and winter approaches in Australia, and to our delight, the twins are both trying to squeeze in to last year’s pajamas and because of the comfort of these PJs, my daughter declares she will only wear organic cotton day and night. We know they’re not fancy, with frills or buttons or bold prints, but they are soft and not scratchy and apparently very comfortable. We’re about to get them in ALL THE SIZES.
If you have a child with autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD or other sensory sensitivity to clothes - how do you get through winter nights? Will your kids wear pajamas or tolerate a blanket? Have you tried our sensory friendly organic cotton Pyjamas? They come in two styles - button neck for those kids who hate having things pulled over their heads, and slim fit pajamas with a little gathering on the neck (and no buttons).