High Street giant Marks and Spencer has launched a new range of clothing that specifically caters for children with additional needs.
The easy-dressing range takes into consideration the needs of children who use wheelchairs, crutches, have sensory impairments, need access for tube feeding among other additional needs. The stylish range for young boys and girls is designed to be a better fit for disabled children, the materials used are very soft, seams are avoided where possible and the care labels are won’t irritate sensitive skin. Leg openings have been used for quick changing, space for nappies has been incorporated and pockets for tube-feeding also feature.
The styles are the same as the standard M&S range for kids and the price has been kept reasonable affordable ranging from £2.50 to £26. The range has been modelled by children with a variety of different needs, including Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and hip dysplasia to effectively show off the cool collection.
M&S online told the Metro: “So after talking to parents and experts, we’ve developed an easy-dressing range for kids that’s fun to wear, plus the designs are the same as our standard range, so kids have the choice to wear the same cool clothes as their friends or siblings.
“From all-in-ones that allow for a cast (for hip dysplasia) to tees and dresses with discreet pockets for feeding tubes, the range uses the softest materials, the fewest seams possible and hidden care labels that won’t irritate sensitive skin.’
The only downfall is that the clothes are only available online and not in any of the stores across the UK, so there is not an opportunity to have children try on clothes before purchasing. M&S have come under scrutiny for not having Changing Places facilities in any of their stores, making it nearly impossible for some parents of disabled children to risk a trip to the high street store.
Hopefully this new range is the beginning of some other positive changes in the brand.
To shop the new Easy Dressing range click here