September 1 is approaching, which means that children need to prepare to go to school or kindergarten. The ability to dress is one of the basic skills that kids need for a full life within the walls of these institutions. There are several effective ways to teach a child to dress without much persuasion or scandals.
Method number 1: We show on ourselves
Imitation is the easiest way to teach a toddler how to dress. For the very first “classes” it is better to use clothes with elastic bands and without accessories, especially if the baby does not know how to fasten buttons or zippers. For the parent, you can repeat not only the order of things (first socks, then pants, etc.), but also how, for example, to put your head through the hole and not get confused.
The main thing is to do everything slowly, pronouncing your actions, and preferably not in a mirror image, but standing next to it — it will be easier for the child to understand the principle.
Method number 2: Use pictures or drawings
An original and visual way to teach a child to dress is to use pictures or drawings depicting wardrobe items. They can be drawn on a chalkboard or printed, cut out and fastened with buttons on the wall (attached with magnets to the refrigerator) in the order in which the baby will put on this or that thing.
It is very convenient that you can find different variations of such picture cards on the Web: for winter, spring, summer, autumn. Usually the pictures are numbered, which makes it easier for the child to learn the sequence of items of clothing for different seasons or even numbers if he does not already know them.
Method number 3: Dress up toys
Learning to dress a lot starts with toys. The child can slowly “warm up” his teddy bear or doll. Of course, for toys it is not always possible to find the smallest details of the wardrobe, but such an activity perfectly develops children’s fine motor skills. It is on small dresses, blouses and boots that the baby learns to tie bows, fasten Velcro and buttons.
And for older children, there are special dress-up toys and even applications in smartphones. With their help, the child effectively remembers the order of putting on things.
Many adults will surely remember paper dolls that had clothes printed on special “straps”. Such straps were bent on the doll and it turned out that she was dressed and even decorated.
Method number 4: Let’s start together
This method will allow the baby to consolidate some practical skills. Mom or dad helps the child to put his head in a sweater or “direct” his legs into the pants, and then the baby is already finishing himself. That is, each action is recommended to be cut in half: if one hand in Masha’s turtleneck was helped by her mother, then she must repeat the same action with the second sleeve herself. Gradually, parents will need less and less to take part in the process, because the child will quickly remember the sequence.
Method number 5: We get comfortable functional clothes
A child learns to dress faster if his clothes are functional, comfortable and as comfortable as possible. When a baby has a belt on his trousers, suspenders, and even buttons with a zipper, the process of dressing takes him more time, and sometimes it really makes the child angry.
Try to buy children’s clothes that are age-appropriate, with a minimum amount of accessories. Let your little one start with elasticated pants and a zippered blouse, rather than buttons or intricate hooks. Remember, the simpler things a baby has, the faster he will learn to dress himself.
Method number 6: Learn to fasten and unbutton buttons on yourself
A common problem for children is that they get tangled up in buttons and waste a lot of time because they cannot thread them through the holes. It is interesting that it is easier for kids to learn how to fasten buttons not even on themselves, but on other people — they see the whole row of holes and the viewing angle allows them to immediately send buttons to them.
Therefore, moms and dads should ask the child to fasten and unbutton the buttons on their clothes: the baby will work out his skills, after which it will be possible to move on to children’s clothes. By the way, the larger and more textured the buttons, the more comfortable it is for the baby — you should pay attention to this.
Method number 7: We analyze where the front and back, wrong side and front
“Knowing how to dress” means not only learning the sequence (put on tights first, then pants), but also develop the ability to distinguish the right side from the wrong side, and the front from the back.
Be sure to teach your child how to properly put on a thing: on the tag, on the zippers and buttons, on the cutouts. It’s generally better for babies to buy clothes with obvious markers on the wrong side and front side — with drawings, appliqués, patterns, embroideries.
Method number 8: We give a margin of time
Teaching a child to dress is a long process. You should not expect that in just a couple of days the child will figure out how not to get confused in the trousers, sleeves, stop forgetting to put on a T‑shirt under a sweater. Therefore, if you want children to learn to dress themselves without tears and anxiety, give them more time.
Start getting ready an hour and a half before the expected departure from the house to avoid rush. And if you want to cheer up the child a little, you can use small hint rhymes:
To get on the street
First I must put on:
Tights, warm socks
And then trousers, or trousers.
To not immediately sweat
Everyone needs to wear shoes.
And only then we put on a jacket …
And so that the ears do not puff out
I’ll tie my hat tight.
I’ll put on a coat or a fur coat
I’ll go for a walk in the street.
About the scarf and mittens, friends,
Of course, we can’t forget!