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#1 of 8 Old 08-24-2014, 11:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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comfortable, but "presentable" pants for a toddler boy

Hey, all. I wonder if someone with a kid with sensory issues might be able to help me out.

I finally realized that some of our getting dressed battles might stem from scratchy or stiff clothing, and that all the requests for certain pajama pants when getting dressed for the day might indicate that my boy wants to wear soft, smooth, stretchy, basically comfortable pants.

We have been using almost exclusively hand-me-downs to dress him and I just don't want him to always be in pajama clothes. It's easier with shirts - they are more comfortable and he likes a few of them a lot.

He is 3t, even 4t in the stretchy pants - wondering if anyone has some ideas of what kind of pants to get for a kid like this who is of this size. It seems like every kind of pants I can find for boys his age are uncomfortable for him, and everything comfortable is for babies! He also hates sweatpants because of pilling fabric inside and the elastic on the ankles.

So now that I am literally at the point of removing all scratchy and stiff clothing from his closet, what can I replace it with? Any ideas?
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We're big on comfort around here. Knit shorts and pants work - I've seen lots in this size in the second-hand shops. Also, fleece for the winter is nice and soft.

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Any brands you might recommend? I have been looking second-hand and haven't found much of anything, but maybe that's just because of where I live.
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A quick snip can rid you of elastic at the ankles. There are machines that shave off pilling too.

How about plain knit pants though or sporty pants. I can always find these at the big used kids clothing stores.
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Hey, all. I wonder if someone with a kid with sensory issues might be able to help me out.

I finally realized that some of our getting dressed battles might stem from scratchy or stiff clothing, and that all the requests for certain pajama pants when getting dressed for the day might indicate that my boy wants to wear soft, smooth, stretchy, basically comfortable pants.

We have been using almost exclusively hand-me-downs to dress him and I just don't want him to always be in pajama clothes. It's easier with shirts - they are more comfortable and he likes a few of them a lot.

He is 3t, even 4t in the stretchy pants - wondering if anyone has some ideas of what kind of pants to get for a kid like this who is of this size. It seems like every kind of pants I can find for boys his age are uncomfortable for him, and everything comfortable is for babies! He also hates sweatpants because of pilling fabric inside and the elastic on the ankles.

So now that I am literally at the point of removing all scratchy and stiff clothing from his closet, what can I replace it with? Any ideas?
No true sensory issues but I don't buy anything evenly remotely uncomfortable. I buy Zutano, American Apparel, some Gap styles, Mini Boden, and Tea Collection.
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Clothes

I have a sensory kid. What works pretty good for him is knit cotton pants. Theyre a slight step up from sweatpants in terms of fashionability. Not stiff like denim, No buttons no zippers. And you can get them real cheap just about anywhere. I've been getting them for about four dollars at Walmart for years. They have them 12 mos through about 5t. I don't know what we're gonna do once we get out of 5T.
They work pretty well.
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I don't see anything wrong with keeping him in PJ pants for the time being! It might be a little less OK when he starts school or something, but as a toddler, I hope no one is judging his attire for proper formality! My DD wear her PJ pants as well as jeans and shorts, and my only worry is that when she is playing on rocks or dirt, I'd rather she have more durable pants on to protect her knees. Have you looked at target's toddler hiking pant-looking pants? They are like REI brand hiking pants material and have an elastic waist with drawstring. The only snaps or button are on the sides of the knees so you can roll them up into shorts and button them up. But you could cut off that button and strap and just not use them as convertibles. We have 3 pairs of those. They are my favorite!

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Target has thick knit pants with a covered elastic waistband in toddler sizes. Some are sweatsuit fleece and some are less fuzzy on the inside. They do NOT have elasticized ankles, so they look much classier than sweatpants. My son loved them.

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