I have never seen anything as amusing as my son trying to get himself dressed. Learning to dress yourself is obviously a lot harder than you ever remember back when you yourself were learning.
He can get himself dressed if I lay everything out the right way up for him, although bottom half he knows labels go at the back for trousers so he’s pretty hot on trousers and socks. He does get annoyed when the heel of his socks are on the top!
But the way he puts on vests, t shirts and jumpers makes me laugh.
To me, there are two ways you can put on a jumper.
- Arms through first, then over the head or
- Head first, then put arms through.
I’m obviously wrong though as N seems to have combined the two methods. I’m not sure who’s been teaching him that, but maybe it’s just the way the jumper is given to him. He is pretty lazy though, and I can understand how hard it is to get ‘into’ a jumper from it being laid on the ground.
He tends to shove his head in (but not push it through), then the arms go into the sleeves while he can’t see anything. Sometimes it’s like a comedy sketch show where there’s a headless person knocking into things as they’re toppling over!
I’m trying to encourage him to at least push his head through, but he seems to get caught up with doing the sleeves afterwards.
Oh well, I guess he’ll learn at some point soon enough.
How did your children find learning to get dressed? Have you any tips to help teach toddlers to put clothes on?