September is for me the real beginning of the year. I imagine that I still have the mindset of my school years (yes, in Barcelona school started in mid-September). But the fact is that after the lethargy of the last months I welcome September with open arms and eager to face the new challenges that will come.
I wish you had a wonderful summer and that you’ve enjoyed the time shared with your little ones; whom will be getting the most of their last hours of the summer vacations, in case they haven’t started school yet.
And precisely as these are days for finalizing the preparations for having everything ready for the new course, I think it may be helpful that I give you a hand with the decision of the clothes that your kids will need. Because what we’re looking for is that they feel comfortable during the entire school day and that they are as autonomous as possible, right?
To not having an endless text I have split the content up, and today we start the T-shirts and the pants. Let’s start!
T – S H I R T S A N D P O L O S H I R T S
T-shirts are essential garments in every children’s closet and, as the kids wear them daily, you should have in mind that the fabric they are made of is soft enough to prevent your little ones suffering from skin irritation. The fabric also should be elastic enough to let the kids move comfortably their arms and without noticing that the garment limits their natural movement. On the other hand, it’s advisable that the percentage of natural fibers that form the fabric should be as high as possible.
A common children image when they get dressed is that they have problems passing their head through the T-shirt collar. To prevent that from happening, the T-shirt collars should be wide or elastic enough to allow the kids put the T-shirts on without having their heads stuck in them.
In case the T-shirts have an opening, it should be on the front of the garment because, in this way, we offer to the kids the opportunity to open it and close it by themselves. In case that this opening has buttons, watch out for their size, you don’t want they are too small. At these ages, kids don’t have the fine motor skills matured enough to be able to deal properly with the buttons if they haven’t a good size.
What’s more, I suggest you not having T-shirts with hoods because kids don’t use them to protect themselves from the cold or the wind. Hoods usually are an inconvenience because they wrinkle and create a volume in the kids’ back that kids don’t know how to manage. In fact, their classmates may play to pull them from the hood.
Regarding to the long-sleeve shirt, it’s a good option that the sleeves have elbow patches because they reinforce the fabric from the wearing away that this area suffers. And if the sleeves are wide it’s even better. Kids use to take off their clothes gripping them from the sleeve at the elbow zone and passing their arm to the inside. If the sleeves aren’t wide enough, kids don’t have room to make the whole movement.
P A N T S
Pants are another must in every kids’ wardrobe. There are lots of different styles and silhouettes but what is important is that their fabric is flexible and elastic. It doesn’t matter if they are made of jersey knit, sweatshirt fleece fabric or woven fabric with a percentage of elastane, the important is that they stretch and adapt to the children’s movements. So, they have to allow the little ones that move their legs freely, either run, crawl or sit down.
The elastic waistband at waist it’s indispensable for kids to be able to go by themselves to the toilet, because they can take their pants off and pull them back up without being helped. For that reason I would suggest that you leave the pants with flies for later on your kids’ childhood.
If the pants have knee-patches it’s a good way to reinforce the fabric from the wearing away that this zone suffers. And if the pants have pockets, they should be placed on the front, they have to be large, long and kids should be able to put their hands in and take them out easily. You know that kids love to collect all kind of stones and to keep them in their pockets as if they were the most valued treasure of the pirate Blackbeard.
We leave it here for today, next week we’ll pick up the thread of these suggestions. I hope they’ll be useful to you and that you can put them into practices soon; I’m sure you’ll see the difference.
If you have any question you can leave a comment or send me an email, I’ll be around in case you need me. And if you liked this post and you know someone that you think that may be interested in it too, please share it.
All the best,
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