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Popper Vests & Sleepwear

Clothing Solutions & Accessories

Adaptive clothing can make a great difference to families with a child or relative with special needs. The right type of clothing or underwear can make the day to day care of someone with special needs easier and less stressful for carers. It can also improve the comfort and well-being of the user. The right type of clothing can make coping with incontinence less challenging while clothing designed with those with sensitive skin or sensory issues in mind can really help improve their physical comfort. Some people may need clothing adapted for wheelchair users or those with limited movement, while other may need garments which allow access for a feeding tube. There are different clothing solutions for a range of specific needs.

Fledglings range of adapted pyjamas, vests and underwear - designed to help with continence, smearing and undressing. All in one vests which incorporate poppers are designed to fit over the body and fasten at the gusset, keeping a pad or nappy in place. The popper fastening makes changing easier - ideal for night time and when you are out and about. Zip-back and zip-front pyjamas, designed to keep the wearer comfortable and warm while preventing undressing and hands accessing the pad or nappy. Unitards (without poppers) which can be worn under normal clothes or used at night for sleeping in, ideal for preventing incidents of smearing or undressing.

Popper Vests

All in one body vests with poppers, designed fasten at the gusset, keeping a nappy in place. The popper fastening makes changing easier - ideal for night time and when you are out and about. 

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Sleepwear

Unitards (without poppers), Zip-back and zip-front pyjamas, designed to keep the wearer comfortable and warm while preventing undressing, smearing and hands accessing the pad or nappy.   

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Unitards

Unitards

£13.20 - £31.35
Shortie Vest

Shortie Vest

£12.65 - £24.75
CU0553

CU0553

£30.25 - £32.45
Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag

£41.25 - £60.50

COMMON ISSUES & SOLUTIONS

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Enquiries about incontinence and products that can help families and carers are some of the most common questions that we receive at Fledglings. We are often asked about products that can help alleviate some of the stress and work associated with night time bed wetting. There are a range of products which are designed to help protect the bedding and mattress from wetting: you would need to assess your needs so that you can choose products suitable for you. An OT or Health professional should be able to advise you if needed.

Mattress Protectors/Pads - these absorbent pads are designed to used over a mattress and on top of the fitted sheet to protect the area of the bed most vulnerable to wetting. They are ideal as they can be quickly changed in the middle of the night without having to resort to changing the whole bed. There are disposable versions available but in the long term these can be costly, so a washable and reusable pad or protector may well be better value in the long run. (Disposables however, can be good for travelling and holidays) The reusable protectors usually have a waterproof backing and a softer absorbent upper layer. Some styles come with wings or flaps which can be tucked around and under the mattress to keep it in place (e.g. the Brolly Sheet).

Chair Pads - these work in a similar way to the mattress protector but they are smaller so that they will fit into a chair or wheelchair. They have a waterproof backing, protect the chair and upholstery from leaks, are washable and can be swapped over easily when needed.

Waterproof sheets, Duvet and Pillow Protectors - in order to protect the bed and bedding from staining and urine, there are a variety of products that can be used. Some have a waterproof PVC backing, others are made in breathable polyurethane or Tencel type fabrics. They are all designed to keep the mattress, duvet or pillows underneath clean. It is a good idea to check if the product is suitable for heavy or only light wetting before you buy - as well as the size you need.

Mattress Protectors - designed to fit over the mattress to protect it from soiling and wetting. Some are designed to slip over like a fitted sheet, others encapsulate the whole mattress and have a zip opening. For heavy soiling however a waterproof mattress may well be a better long term solution.

Waterproof Mattresses - in cases of very heavy soiling and wetting a complete waterproof hospital style mattress can be a more economical solution in the long run. Made from a foam which allows the body to mould into the mattress, these have a completely waterproof cover. They come with concealed zips and allow the free flow of air for comfort. The mattresses can be wiped down and dried easily which makes them ideal for night time. As a child moves into adulthood a waterproof mattress can often be a better solution as the wetting increases in volume.

Waterproof Duvets and Pillows - waterproof pillows and duvets have a waterproof cover which can be wiped down with a damp sponge or cloth and then wiped dry. Usually made of a soft polyurethane they are designed to be breathable as well as waterproof. For comfort these should be covered with a washable duvet cover or pillowcase. These are excellent when wetting or soiling is heavy and are ideal for using at night time. When the duvet or pillow gets wet the outer covers can be changed quickly while the duvet or pillow below can be wiped clean and dried quickly. This means laundry can be kept to a manageable level as the duvet and pillows do not need to be constantly washed – saving wear and tear on the washing machine and time on drying.

Waterproof Changing Mats - changing mats are ideal for changing a person either at home or when they are out and about. Folding versions are particularly good for days out.

Please note the use of bleach and harsh cleaning products is not recommended on these products.