5 Tips For Getting Your Kids Excited to Dress Themselves
It seems that a baby's early years seem to fly by — one minute they're newborns leaving the hospital, the next they're already walking and getting into the kitchen cabinets. Although a child growing up can be bittersweet, it can mean at least one positive thing: they're becoming more independent. And one aspect that usually comes with a toddler's newfound independence is they begin to want to learn to dress themselves, a simple task that can make hectic mornings a bit easier for any parent. Keep reading for five helpful tips to encourage them to get into this routine (and pick the right clothes).
Make learning to dress themselves fun by having them play dress-up! Get their imaginations going as they put on some capes, zip up some dresses, and throw on some character shoes. Your child will be having so much fun playing make-believe that they'll hardly notice they're learning important motor skills along the way.
Begin With Easy-to-Wear Items
Start with easy-to-wear items, such as elastic pants, dresses, and buttonless shirts and blouses. Once they've mastered these, graduate them into pants with zippers, shirts with buttons, and dresses with hooks.
Give Your Child Fewer Options
When a child is learning how to dress themselves, it's important to not overwhelm them with too many options or responsibility in the beginning. Instead of having them dress themselves head to toe right from the get-go, focus on one piece of clothing at a time, such as underwear one week and a pair of pants the next.
To help make the learning process easier and more seamless, organize your child's clothing by season, style, and color. This way when it comes time for them to dress themselves, they can quickly and efficiently find what they need.
Practice, Practice, Practice
For children, learning to dress themselves may take some time — and that's perfectly alright! Just be sure to be supportive and guide them each step of the way. Practicing, by using easy-to-use slippers and oversize t-shirts, during downtime can help make the process go smoother.