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ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves

Why do Parents love ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves?

ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves were designed to reduce and prevent your little ones from damaging their skin when they scratch or rub abrasively. ScratchMeNots help bridge the gap by allowing any moisturizing creams or topical medications to stay on long enough to work without their fingers interfering or undoing any progress made. This combination of treatments allows the skin to heal.

The Flip Mitten design allows our ScratchMeNots to be worn any time of the day, as the mittens can be flipped open or closed when necessary, and many parents have concerns with covering their children's 100% all day.

By providing both effective function and fashion with color/style variety our ScratchMeNots (Original or Sensitive) are the perfect solution for concerned parents that are looking for a better alternative to mittens that cover your little one's hand 100% of the time and/or that easily come off. 

Will the Flip Mittens work for concerns outside of scratching?

Yes, many of the common uses parents have used our ScratchMeNots to help their little ones for are: Eczema, Itchy-Skin, Food Allergy Flare Ups, Thumb-sucking, Hair-pulling, & more. Read what parent's have to say here.

What are the Flip Mittens made of?

The Original Flip Mittens are made of 96% Organic Bamboo Viscose, Organic Cotton, Silk & 4% Lycra. Bamboo pulls moisture away from the skin. Bamboo fiber regulates with the weather, it becomes cooler in warm weather and warm in colder weather. 

The Sensitive Flip Mittens are made of 100% Cotton & Silk. Cotton & silk combination is a great for children with sensitive skin. 

To benefit the most from using ScratchMeNots, it’s important to keep their fingernails short. Long fingernails will lessen the positive results.

Which ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Product Should I purchase?

It really depends on what you prefer! All styles of ScratchMeNots are great for preventing children from scratching effectively, yet some children need 100% cotton clothing due to skin sensitivity and at times parents prefer it!Therefore we offer our 100% Organic Cotton ScratchMeNot Sensitive line. Our Original ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten sleeves are made of a Bamboo/Viscose blend, are a bit more breathable and react better to the tug and pull of everyday wear, which means they will keep their shape longer. Read all about our fabric here.

How frequently should little ones wear the Flip Mittens? What about Fine Motor Skills?

Our Flip Mittens are designed be worn anytime. Depending on how frequently they tend to scratch, they can be worn solely for scratching episodes or worn all day -- flip and cover hands as needed. The Flip Mittens encourage fine motor skill development because the mittens allow hand-free, tactile time. With the unfolded mittens (opened), their hands and fingers are readily available to play, eat and explore. When scratching occurs, the mittens can be flipped closed to protect the skin until the scratching moment has subsided. The mittens can then be flipped open to continue with hands-free exploring. We designed ScratchMeNots to be flexible for your child’s needs, by allowing the mittens to be closed or cuffed open!

Closed mittens are wide enough and fully functional, allowing little ones to easily pick up and grab small or large toys.

Should your child need wear the mittens closed frequently, be sure to have hands-free tactile time daily for adequate touch & explore moments.

How long do the flip mittens last?

We've created ScratchMeNots to be durable to withstand a lot of scratching and rubbing. Depending on the intensity of use, and even though made with strong, durable silk, it can become worn down from intense & consistent usage as silk is a naturally fragile fabric.

The life of and the wear and tear of the sleeves really depends on a few factors. 

1. How often the sleeves are worn

2. The consistency and intensity of the scratching

3. The age of the child. 

We have seen our products last a up to a year, for younger/less intense little scratchers, and as little as two months for more older constant scratchers

We've come to know, based on customer experience, that a ScratchMeNot is potentially the only piece of clothing a child wears that is in constant, active use, both day and night, sometimes everyday.

To help them last their longest, we suggest having more than one ScratchMeNot on hand to alternate between.

Do you Ship Internationally?

Yes! Our goal is to help families no matter where they are. To date, we’ve shipped our ScratchMeNot products to children in over 36 different countries, representing 6 different continents. We believe protecting children has no boundaries! See our Shipping Details Page for more info. 

*For our customers in Canada our ScratchMeNots can be purchased on Amazon.ca. See here. Just make sure it is Sold by ScratchMeNot and fulfilled by Amazon to avoid counterfeits.

Which size should I choose for my child?

Each ScratchMeNot has been given an age size and a maximum wingspan (in inches). To make sure the size will fit, check your child’s wingspan. Measure from the middle of your child’s back to the fingertip (in inches) and multiply by 2. We do not suggest buying a larger size what your child needs if it is intended for active use, as it may be too loose to function properly or may easily come off. We only suggest this if you want to put a ScratchMeNot over long sleeve clothing. See our Colors Size Chart on our Shop Page for more info.

Should these be worn over or under clothing?

The Flip Mitten Sleeves are designed to be worn over or under clothing, it depends on your preference. If your little one is curious about how clothing works, it may be best to put them on under clothing. If the mittens are worn during naps or sleeping, we suggest:

*The should sleeve fit snuggly

*Wear the sleeve under other clothing


To provide the best protection, the sleeve should fit snuggly to prevent it from easily coming off or being pulled off. For sleep, if your child is curious about how clothing works, we suggest the Flip Mitten Bodysuit or The Bamboo Bubby Bag (Sleep sack).

Are the mittens wide enough for my child to grasp toys?

Yes, with the mittens flipped closed, your child can pick up small objects (crayons) or larger toys (blocks, balls, etc). The Flip Mittens allow grasping, holding and playing.

Should your child need wear the mittens closed frequently, be sure to have hands-free tactile time daily for adequate touch & explore moments.

How to wear a Flip Mitten Sleeve or take them off?

The Flip Mitten Sleeves are put on similar to a cardigan/sweater, the sleeves can be worn over or under clothing.

To wear: Simply place one arm in at a time. Flip and cover one or both hands as needed.
To take off: Raise a hand and slide one elbow out of the sleeve and gently pulling it off the same arm and then the other! 

Toddlers and young children are curious about how clothes function, so we suggest wearing the Flip Mitten Sleeves under other clothing (A short sleeve shirt or onesie). These adventurous ones may need extra protection that our Flip Mitten Body can also provide.

Although, Flip Mitten Sleeves are made of materials that breathe well, and are lightweight, they should still be viewed as an added layer of clothing. Too many layers of clothing may overheat your little one.

Can Flip Mittens really help my little one?

ScratchMeNots were designed to reduce / eliminate scratching damage. If your little one is constantly scratching, or if the scratching is damaging their skin. A ScratchMeNot can help reduce the damage greatly and gives their skin a break and provides an opportunity to heal. Sometimes children rub their itchy faces and heads. The silk outer layer of the mitten provides less friction against the skin. As they rub their heads, the silk will reduce the amount of hair being rubbed out by their hands.

To benefit the most from using ScratchMeNots, it’s important to keep their fingernails short. Long fingernails will lessen the positive results.

How many ScratchMeNots do I need?

From our experience, we recommend 2 or more Flip Mittens for your little one’s wardrobe. An extra comes in handy, have a spare in case one gets dirty. Having another waiting in rotation reduces wear and tear, which allows them to last longer. Also, one for daycare use and one for home may be another option.

How should I wash and care for my ScratchMeNot?

ScratchMeNots are made of a Silk, Organic Bamboo Blend and/or Organic Cotton; we recommend washing them on a cold water, gentle cycle and dry on a low setting. For extra care, hand wash them and air dry them. For more instructions & tips, including hand washing see ScratchMeNot Care!

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