Please get dressed!

'Wanna wear this!'

‘Wanna wear this!’

So you know the way your little one used to love it when you dressed them and would happily sit patiently whilst you did up their buttons and pulled up their tights and then suddenly one day that just stops? In their place you get a little demon who runs screaming from any and all clothes.This is simply a sign that your child is ready to take on the task of getting themselves dressed.

So first rule of engagement is to give yourself time and lots of it.If it usually takes 40 minutes to get dressed and out the door give yourself 80 minutes.

Plan and prepare clothes for next day, take out three outfits and then let your child select which one they would like

(it really does not matter if they mismatch their clothes they are infants!).


Lay out the clothes where your child can reach them themselves Remind your tot that they are the clothes they will be wearing tomorrow, with emphasis on what a great outfit they picked out for themselves.

The next morning allow your tot to dress themselves, reassuring them that you will help with any tricky bits.

Leave the room and let them get on with it, pop back in and offer assistance and continue this until you are both dressed 😉

Avoid any flash points such as saying ‘hurry up we will be late’ – you have given yourself extra time to avoid this,

or if your child point blank refuses to dress, remove any impetus on getting dressed, have breakfast first and then get dressed, or say ‘come help me get dressed first and then we will do you’ .

When your tot is dressed give lots of praise and encouragement;  show pride and appreciation for  the effort they have put in.

Before you leave the house take time to look in the mirror and see how smart/pretty/fabulous they look and remind them that they did it by themselves.

Encouraging children to be self-led really does take the angst and stress out of lots of childhood hurdles whilst creating confident and self-assured children.

So give it a go and let me know how you get on!

Thanks for reading


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