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Finding seamless socks for a sensitive child is a tricky business, especially when you need specific colours and styles for school uniform.
We’ve listed the most Frequently Asked Questions about these clever socks to help you find your perfect pair!
Q. Do SmartKnit Kids Absolutely Seamless socks have any seams?
A. No, they are completely seamless. There is no top hem, no heel pocket, no toe seam and it’s shaped like a tube. The sock is spun a bit like how a caterpillar spins a cocoon. The manufacturing technique is called “corespun.”
Q. What colours do they come in? I need them for school uniform!
A. Black, White, Navy Blue, Charcoal Grey, Pink, Purple, White and limited edition Peach (Orange).
Q. My child usually wears Small size socks from other brands. Should I just order Small?
A. No, check the sizing guide first. Small is very tiny in this range and only really suitable for toddlers age 2-3.
Q. What size sock do I need for my child with size 12 feet?
A. That depends how long you want the socks to be. Check out our simple sizing explanation here.
Q. How long are these socks? I’m looking for knee highs.
A. These can be worn as a knee high. Check out our simple sizing explanation here to work out which size to order.
Q. What is crew length?
A. Crew length is the standard sock length which is approximately half way up your leg, reaching the calf.
Q. The fabric seems quite thick, will my child’s feet get sweaty?
A. No, the socks are made from a breathable fabric with wicking properties that helps to keep the skin dry and comfortable. It actually feels quite light to wear!
Q. How do I wash these socks?
A. You can wash them with the rest of your laundry in the washing machine at a medium temperature, we suggest 40 degrees. You can also pop them in a warm tumble dryer cycle to dry. This will help them to regain their shape after wearing.
Q. I’ve bought some in the right size but they look really small. Should I send them back?
A. Try them on first. These socks do look quite small when unstretched, but they are very stretchy so don’t exchange them until you’ve tried them!
Q. I’ve bought two pairs in the same size, but one pair looks bigger than the other. Are they faulty?
A. No, this is quite common and nothing to worry about. Because of the special dying process used when making these, some look slightly bigger or smaller than others when new. They should still stretch to achieve the same fit.
Q. Why is one pair of socks a paler colour than the other?
A. Because of the special dying process used, different batches of colour sometimes come out in slightly different hues. It’s something the manufacturer is working on improving, but should not affect the quality of the garment.
Q. I’ve bought some SmartKnit Kids socks but my child won’t try them on. What should I do?
A. Don’t panic! Have a read of our top tips and download our free incentive chart. Some kids need some time to get used to the idea of wearing these socks, especially if they’ve had bad experiences in the past, so try not to put any pressure on them and take it slow.
Q. Are these socks suitable for kids with Sensory Processing Disorders?
A. Yes, these are the best seamless socks we’ve ever found for SPD, and suit many children who struggle with sensory processing and tactile defensiveness. They usually work well for sensitive kids (although nothing is ever 100% certain!) so we recommend giving them a go.
Q. The socks made a funny cracking sound the first time I stretched them out to put on my child. Is this normal?
A. Yes, completely normal, everything is OK, that’s just the dye. They won’t make that sound anymore after a wash or two.
Q. Who is Bugsley?
A. Bugsley is the green bug on the SmartKnit Kids logo. There is a collectible Bugsley cut-out in each pack of SmartKnit socks. Collect them all!
Q. Why do the tops of the Large, X Large and XX Large socks look funny?
A. That’s the patented “halo top” which was designed by SmartKnit to keep the socks from unravelling, without the need for a hem or a seam. It also makes the fabric roll away from the skin slightly to avoid digging in.
Q. My child has bigger feet and size XX Large isn’t quite big enough. What do I do?
A. Take a look at the next range up called Smart Knit Big Kids socks. These are available in bigger and wider sizes for teens.
Q. Do you have seamless socks for adults too?
A. Yes. Have a look at the Adult range of socks here.
Q. What are they made of?
A. SmartKnit Kids socks are made from a high tech polyester and Lycra blend which helps to keep feet dry and healthy.
Q. I ordered the wrong size – how can I return them and get another size?
A. You can download our printable returns form here. Socks can be returned for an exchange, store credit or a refund as along as they haven’t been damaged, worn or washed (trying on is fine.)
Q. Why are they so expensive?
A. These socks are unique in the world, and are only manufactured by SmartKnit. We buy direct from the manufacturer, but as they are located in the USA we have to contend with things like the terrible post-Brexit exchange rate, import duty and high shipping costs to get them here. We keep our prices as low as we possibly can and try to offer the best price in the UK for SmartKnit Kids socks.
Q. We love the socks but winter is coming. Do SmartKnit make seamless tights too?
A. Not yet, but they are currently being developed and should be ready to go on sale soon! Join our mailing list to make sure you’re notified when they are available to buy.
One of the questions we get asked the most here at Sensory Smart Store is “How do I make clothes more comfortable for my child?!”
School uniform, specific outfits, costumes and uniforms for clubs, classes and groups can cause real problems for sensitive and sensory kids who just want to fit in and wear the same as everybody else.
Seams, labels, uncomfortable folds and bumps in fabric can all be a nightmare for anyone struggling with a sensory processing disorder.
As a parent you want to help make your child’s clothes at least tolerable, but how?
Well, one of our favourite go-to products for a quick fix is Undercover Tape.
Each pack contains either 15 plaster-sized sticky back strips or three 14cm x 8cm uncut pages that you can cut to the size and shape you need.
How does it work?
Undercover Tape does just what it’s name suggests – it’s a self adhesive product literally covers up the problematic part of the garment and creates a soft and comfy barrier so skin doesn’t get chafed, itched or rubbed.
Here are some great examples of how to use this clever product:
Scratchy label that you can’t cut out? No problem! Stick a piece of undercover tape over the top and cover it up!
Itchy seams under the armpits? Pop some undercover tape over the nasty bits and breathe a sigh of relief!
You can use this clever and soft sticky tape to cover up any part of any garment that rubs or causes discomfort.
It’ll even survive up to 5 washes so you won’t have to replace it each time the garment is worn!
Who is it for?
The short answer is EVERYONE! We’ve all experienced clothing with nasty labels or seams that rub or chafe.
We recommend Undercover Tape in particular for kids who struggle with sensitivity to clothing especially seams, labels, lumps and bumps. It’s a real life-saver product that will save tears and tantrums in kids of all ages.
It’s available in plain white or with a variety of fun patterns that kids will love.
But don’t just take our word for it…
You can find Undercover Tape at the Sensory Smart Store – sighs of relief all round!
Worry Eaters are much more than just adorable cartoon characters. They might just be the best toys ever invented!
Kids love the bright colours and cool personalities of these fun and cuddly toys, but there is a more serious use for them as well.
Lots of parents have been asking us how to use Worry Eaters to help kids with stress and worry, so here are the basics.
We’re fond of saying that Worry Eaters are a bit like the Tooth Fairy for worries – they make them disappear overnight!
Now, of course we don’t mean that Worry Eaters magically make everything alright (we’re still looking for a magic wand…), but they can help kids to feel a whole lot better about their problems, and give parents the tools to deal with them too.
What you need to do
- Get your child to spend a few minutes writing down some words, or drawing a picture of what has been worrying or stressing them out, on a piece of paper. You could make this a daily or weekly bedtime ritual.
- Pop the paper into the Worry Eater’s mouth and zip it up.
- Tell you child that the Worry Eater has eaten it all up for them.
- When your child goes to bed, they can take their Worry Eater to bed with them for cuddles or he can sit on a chair or in the toy box.
- In tooth-fairy stye, empty out the Worry Eater’s tummy while your child sleeps
Note: This works best with the plush toys, but can be done with the keyrings too. Worry Eater Keyrings do have a velcro opening at the mouth and a small piece of paper can be put inside.
How it helps your child
– They have been able to “get the worry out” i.e. but writing or drawing it down. It can be very therapeutic just to write or talk about your problems and get it off your chest.
– The worry has “symbolically gone” in the morning which can help them to feel better about it, and start to move on from whatever was upsetting them.
– You get an insight into what is upsetting your child so you can take steps to help remedy the issue, or prevent it in the future. Knowledge is power!
This is just the recommended way to use Worry Eaters. You can come up with your own way of doing it!
We’ve heard of some children who don’t like to write or draw and prefer to whisper their problems into the worry eater’s mouth (while Mum listens of course!) Other kids just like to cuddle them to feel safe from the monsters under the bed.
Please do share your stories and tips with us. How do you use yours?
We’d love to hear about how you use your Worry Eaters with your children, and share your tips with our tribe.
Going to school is such fun! You get to learn lots of new exciting things, play with other children and discover your talents. It’s such a wonderful time – isn’t it?
Well the sad fact is that for many children, going to school isn’t as much fun as you might think. In fact it can be downright terrifying.
Sensitive kids in particular can find their anxiety levels rising when it’s time to go back to school after the holidays. The shift in routines alone can really just be too much to cope with.
For other kids, it may be a social anxiety or a fear of being judged and not liked by other children or teachers, that in more extreme cases can sometimes be diagnised as school phobia.
The good news is that anxiety isn’t as uncommon as you might think, and there are some highly effective ways to deal with it.
So we’ve compiled our top 5 simple DIY tips for beating anxiety and helping your child to have a relaxed and happy back-to-school September…
It may sound obvious, but when the anxiety starts to mount, out breathing becomes shallow or we hold our breath. Reminding your child to breathe deeply, from their stomach can really help when anxiety starts to take hold.
This simple breathing exercise recommended by the NHS, is very easy to do and recommends that you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, and gently pause between breaths to help the body’s fight or flight system calm down and prevent a full blown panic attack.
2. Drink some Cold Water
This deceptively simple technique can really help somebody suffering with a panic attack. The simple act of taking a few sips of cold water (preferably refrigerated) can make your body start to calm down from anxiety. We’re not exactly sure why, but this is a simple and tried and tested technique taught by a local counsellor.
Splashing some cold water on your face can help too – but don’t forcibly do this to your child, let them do it themselves if they want to.
3. Use Lavender Essential Oil blends to calm
Lavender is probably everyone’s favourite essential oil and with very good reason! Inhaling lavender can be very calming and helps with anxiety, stress in the daytime as well as not being able to get to sleep at night.
We really like the Chill essential oil pulse point roller and the Calming Lavender Cream by Pure Peace. Or you could just pop some lavender in your oil burner in the morning before school, or if you’re a bit hippy dippy like us and have a car essential oil diffuser, a few drops in there will make the drive to school fly by!
Lavender is suitable for most people, but please do be careful when using essential oils, and if in doubt get some advice from a qualified aromatherapist.
4. Massage your Head
This is a very easy one to do, and handy (if you’ll pardon the pun) because you don’t need anything but your hands!
Gently massaging the scalp for a few moments can help relieve anxiety and help put your child into a more relaxed and positive mood ready for ther day. This is a great one because kids can learn to do it for themselves and on each other (and on Mum too…ahhh!)
According to a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, massage can decrease cortisol levels by as much as 31 percent and increase serotonin by 28 percent, and dopamine by 31 percent.
5. Help your child offload at the end of the day
Talking about your problems and worries can be challenging, especially for kids who may struggle to put their feelings and thoughts into words at the best of times.
Not being able to talk about your feelings doesn’t mean you have nothing to say!
A Worry Eater toy is a really clever way to help your child offload their worries by writing, drawing or making something to represent what is making them anxious.
At bedtime, your child simply puts what they have written, drawn or created into the Worry Eater‘s mouth, zips it up and as if by magic – it’s gone!
Mum and Dad can then empty the Worry Eater‘s tummy out at night so it’s empty in the morning – a bit like the tooth fairy but taking away worries instead of teeth!
This is really handy too, because it will give you an insight into what is worrying your child if they haven’t been able to tell you. And once you know what the problem is, you’ll have a better chance of helping your little one overcome it. A great help for non-verbal children!
This is far from an exhaustive list, and there are lots of other things that can help kids with anxiety including exercise, yoga and CBT or Cognitive Bahavioural Therapy.
CBT is easy to learn and gives your child skills that last a lifetime. Have a quick look through the Book section of the Sensory Smart Store for more information and ideas!
So here’s to a worry-free September for you and your little ones, wishing you happy back-to-school times and lots of fun – without the anxiety!
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you will have seen recently that we put up a poll asking for your opinions on seams and labels. We wanted to know which was the biggest bugbear?
Well the answer we got was very much BOTH!
Having said that, seams did have a slight edge because as one of our Facebook followers pointed out, they’re both bad but seams are worse because you can cut labels out.
A really good point – who else is preparing for the new school year by cutting out labels from school uniform? Yep, us too!
But the problem is you can’t always remove them properly, and one slip of the scissors can mean a hole in your daughter’s new school skirt the day before the new term starts…nightmare!
And sometimes just cutting isn’t enough. You have to try to unpick a section of the seam to get it all out and that’s when it gets really messy.
If you’re struggling with making school uniforms comfy for sensitive little ones, then we may be able to help.
After searching high and low, we found something really clever that help with seams AND labels!
It’s called Undercover Tape and we’ll be honest, we don’t know how we lived without it!
This magical tape can be used to cover up scratchy labels, itchy seams and comes in plain white or in super fun patterns to suit the
fussiest most discerning kids.
Best of all, it doesn’t come off in the wash!
Brilliant for tights, shirts, school uniforms and casual clothing that doesn’t feel “quite right” this clever tape has a soft surface and covers up the bits that kids (and big kids) don’t like!
Available as a pack of 15 label-sized strips or as 3 large pieces that you can cut to size for a particular garment, this will be your back-to-school best friend!
Also suitable for adults 😉
Something we get asked a lot about our Absolutely Seamless Socks is how to pick the correct size.
It might sound obvious – but these seamless socks are a little bit special…
These clever socks made by SmartKnit don’t have a defined heel or “heel pocket” that you normally see on a pair of socks. Instead, they’re shaped like a tube.
Why, you might ask? Well that’s one less seam for starters!
It also allows the socks to be worn at different lenths by different sized children, making them super-versatile and long lasting!
Here are the lovely kid presenters Blake & Eva to explain how it works:
Here is the size chart you’ll need for UK and European sizings – the one shown in the video is US sizes.
Remember that sizes are approximate, and can vary a little depending on your child’s leg size, but as a general rule this is a pretty good guide!
|Ankle||Crew (Mid Calf)||Knee-High|
|Toddler to UK Infant Shoe 3/Euro 20||Small||Medium|
|UK Child Shoe 3 to 7/Euro 19-24||Small||Medium||Large|
|UK Child Shoe 7 to 11/Euro 24-30||Medium||Large||XLarge|
|UK Shoe 12 to 3/Euro 31-36||Large||XLarge||XXLarge|
|UK Shoe 4 to 7/Euro 37-40||XLarge||XLarge||XXLarge|
|UK Shoe 8 Plus/Euro 41+||XXLarge||XXLarge|
Here’s to comfy tootsies!
Any parent of a sensitive child, or a child with Sensory Processing issues or Autism will tell you that winter is the worst time for dressing and clothes!
Dressing can be a battleground for many parents, but when it’s compounded by a little one who finds seams unbearable and normal clothes itchy and uncomfortable, it reaches a whole new level of challenging.
Woolly jumpers can be itchy and winter school uniforms can scratch and chafe!
As parents, the need to keep kids warm means we want to bundle them up and put as many clothes on them as we can (and ideally shoes too, but that’s a whole other subject.)
So we’ve put together our 5 Top Tips for keeping your sensitive kids snug in the chilly weather…
When school uniforms are itchy and scratchy, kids can’t concentrate and tears and tantrums ensue.
Negotiating with schools over acceptable clothing can be tricky, and more to the point, kids may not want to look different to their friends.
Soft baselayers, seamless leggings, shorts or tee shirts worn underneath school uniform or sports kits can provide the ideal solution, for girls and boys, by forming a discreet and comfortable barrier between sensitive skin and clothing.
2. Go Undercover
We’ve all tried to cut out labels or seams that annoy us – but how many times did you just end up making a hole in the garment? Sometimes it’s just easier to stick something over the offending label to make it nice and flat and smooth.
A little while ago, we discovered the magic of Undercover Tape.
It’s a special tape that goes directly over those itchy labels or seams and keeps your kids calm and comfy!
The great news is we’ve had glowing reports back from mums and dads about this so we know it works. So when all else fails, cover that label up!
3. Sock it to Sensitivity!
We get asked for help with socks and tights more than almost anything else, especially in the winter months.
More and more kids complain about their socks, and it’s easy to think they’re just making a fuss, but the struggle with seams is real!
Seamless socks and tights can be a God-send for parents and kids alike.
To put that in perspective, we’ve had customers tell us that thanks to seamless socks they have knocked 45 minutes off their kids’ time getting ready for school!
A decent pair of seamless socks or tights can be well worth the investment. Of course, this may not work for every child, but it’s a great place to start!
4. Tame those Tootsies
Starting from the inside out, one of our best tips is actually to desensitise the skin before putting on socks or clothing.
There are lots of ways to do this from jumping up and down on the spot to desensitise feet, using textured balance pods or rollers to massage and also body brushing techniques like the Wilbarger Protocol. (We have more tips on this in our Resources section on our website).
This can be enough to calm the senses down enough to make clothing tolerable to put on and keep on all day.
5. Soft & flat seamed sensitivity clothing
The Holy Grail!
We understand how hard it can be to find soft, seamless or flat seamed clothing but it is out there. I’m sure that like us, many of you have spent hours trawling the internet for clothes your sensitive kids can tolerate, with mixed results.
Sadly, our fave manufacturer Soft Clothing is no longer in business, although we do still have a few bits left in our Clearance sale if you fancy a rummage. We are clearing the shelves ready for some new items coming through in Springtime.
The good news is that we are working hard on bringing you a whole new range of seamless clothing in the very near future so watch this space!
Do get in touch if you have a specific sensitivity issue that you’re looking for solutions to and we’ll see what we can find in our magic box of tricks!
We’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment with your hints and tips for sensitive kids (and big kids!) in the space below…