Learning how to get dressed is a vital part of a child's development and is seen as something that a child should be able do before they start primary school. After all, Mummy and Daddy won't be there to help them get dressed after PE. While teaching staff can offer some assistance, with so many children needing help, they will be grateful if at least one child can make a good attempt at dressing themselves. Here we show you how you can encourage your child to dress themselves, and it is never too early to learn.
Starting from an early age
Most parents would see being able to get dressed and undressed as a skill a child needs for when they go to school, but it is something that you can start teaching your child from the age of two upwards. If you have more than one child, then having any children that can dress themselves is something of a bonus.
While getting dressed in a school uniform is quite straightforward, if you are trying to teach a pre-schooler who doesn't have to wear a uniform all about getting dressed, then the issue becomes not just about the act of getting dressed but what to wear. In this regard, it is more likely an issue for girls rather than boys. When you buy baby boys designer clothing or boys' clothes from the high street, you will find that boys generally will wear anything you put out for them. The girls are usually the ones who will make a fuss about what to wear and are more likely to opt for some of the more outlandish creations. The best way to avoid this is by getting your child's clothes out the night before, and then in the morning telling them that is what they are wearing. While it may result in a short-term tantrum, the long-term benefit is that they are wearing what you want them to.
Practice makes perfect
Fastenings on clothing will always be the sticking point for most children who are learning how to get dressed. These can include shoelaces as well as zips and buttons on clothing. Zips and buttons can be mastered with practice as well as by using one of the many items on the market that has been designed with this in mind. Lots of repetition and demonstrations will be required for children to master shoelaces.
While it may seem easier and quicker sometimes to get your children dressed yourself, it is a great idea to get them into the habit of getting themselves ready when you have a bit more time. It is probably best to start with getting undressed at the end of the day and getting ready for bed, moving on to getting ready to go out somewhere at the weekend. School days will definitely be the worst to start with, but all children will get there eventually.