A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be chosen to do a review for a remarkable, kid-friendly clothing line called Teres Kids. The Teres Kids web site describes their mission, saying:
Millions of young children experience tactile sensitivity, a condition that can make regular clothing feel awkward and uncomfortable. For these children, getting dressed can be difficult. Without the right clothes, even normal physical activity can become unpleasant.
At Teres Kids, we believe all children are unique, and that children’s clothing should always be comfortable. That’s why we’re committed to materials, designs and fabrication processes that feel great on all children.
Now, I am lucky enough to have a child whose tactile sensitivities to clothing are in the mild-to-moderate range. Little Miss has never been one to complain about her clothes or strip them off due to discomfort, but she can put up one heck of a fight when it comes to having her clothes put on!
Whenever I purchase clothes for Little Miss, there are three main things I look at… comfort, durability, and style. Teres Kids has all three. In the next few paragraphs, I’m going to show you why I’m now a believer in this great line and how your children, tactile-sensitive or not, will enjoy these great clothes!
Let’s put it bluntly… everyone wants to be comfortable in their clothes — whether you’re three-years-old with an SPD diagnosis, 33 and coming home from the office, or 93. And, after going over every detail in the samples we received from Teres Kids, I can honestly tell you — these are comfortable clothes.
We used a comparable pair of stretch leggings from a big-name retailer to demonstrate. Our comp (the pink stretch pants shown near the top of the picture) had a big scratchy tag and itchy seams galore. Seams around the waist band, down each of the legs… yuck!
The Teres Kids piece, on the other hand, was cleverly pieced so that the seams are on the outside! Admittedly, I was a little surprised at this feature at first, but the seams are so well made and use such a nice quality thread that the clothing really looks good! Let me show you another photo of what I mean…
Rather than looking like you accidentally dressed your kid with her clothes inside-out, these seams tell everyone that they were meant to be seen. And, as you can see from the second photo, the inside of the garment is as smooth and soft as anything.
Another big feature in the comfort department is Teres Kids commitment to using quality organic fibers. The items we received were as soft as a newborn baby and a delight to touch.
Comfort and clever design mean nothing if a kids clothing item can’t hold up to the kid wearing it. That’s why I threw the washing instructions I received with the samples out the window and put our pieces to some pretty through testing. For the record, the washing instructions were “Wash gently. Dry gently.”
So, I put the outfit in the wash with my husband’s jeans and set the cycle to “heavy.” Then, I put the outfit in with our sheets and towels and set the washer to “sanitize.” And for good measure, I then threw the outfit in with a load of my daughter’s dirty play clothes and punched in an extra soak cycle with some laundry stain remover that I typically reserve for grass, spaghetti, and potty-training accidents.
I was amazed. After three of the hardest washes I could think of, the Teres Kids clothes were still in beautiful condition. The color had not faded and the fabric showed no signs of wear. Compared with the stretch leggings from my big-name retailer, Teres Kids was the obvious winner.
I do have one minor con regarding the performance of the Teres Kids items on my wash testing… as with most items that are primarily cotton, the Teres Kids items did shrink somewhat. Take a look at the two asymmetrical dresses shown in the picture on the right. The raspberry colored dress had not yet been washed while the navy dress went through my wash testing and a 40-minute dryer cycle.
Do I think the shrinkage is a big deal? No. The reason why is that the sizing scheme used by Teres Kids is rather generous. My daughter is just getting into a 3T, so we decided to go with that size. But when I compared other items in the same size to the items we received from Teres Kids, here’s what I saw:
Yup, those are my comparable pink leggings from the big-name department story laying on top… a full three inches shorter. And that is after being washed!
Finally, we come down to the last element in my review… the style. And for that, well… I’ll let you tell me. Have you ever seen anything so cute?
OK, OK… yes. I’m biased. But as a mom, I do take pride in dressing my daughter so that she looks and feels pretty. And I think the smile in this photo says it all when it comes to sharing how Little Miss felt about her Teres Kids outfit.
And now, the giveaway…
So, you’ve made it all the way through yet another of my reviews. Are you ready for your prize?
Teres Kids is giving away a complete outfit for a boy and one for a girl! The clothing is available in sizes 18M, 2T, 3T, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8. Just fill out the form below, and a winner will be chosen at random next week.
Here are the photos of the clothes you can win!