Clothing for The Developing Child

How to properly dress a child ages 1-3

Appropriate clothing for your toddler.

By now your child has begun to explore the wonderful world around them. This of course involves walking so you must dress them in suitable clothing.

Day wear: This will include things such as separate tops, bottoms, dresses, and more. The tops should be comfy to wear and be purchased in the correct size. Bottoms should be slightly loose to allow ample room for diapers or pull -ups. With all these you should also purchase hats, socks, and undershirts.

Socks and Shoes: A baby doesn't truly need shoes until they begin to walk and will do better when just bare foot. Though if you do choose to purchase some for protection when you leave your home then buy some inexpensive sneakers or moccasins. Once your child does begin to walk then you will want to purchase lighter leather shoes to prevent them from tripping. When your child begins to put on there own shoes choose some that are slip-on, Velcro, or simple buckles.

Coats and Winter wear: The most practical coat to buy would be machine washable and have a draw string hood. Coats with larger buttons are best so when your child begins to dress themselves it will be easier for them to handle.

Sleep wear: By now your child has out grown cute footie pajamas and will now need two piece pajamas or nightgowns. Both of these allow for an ample amount of movement throughout the night.

Why it´s important to let your child learn to self-dress.

It is important to allow your child to learn how to dress themselves. This can help them with expressing themselves, gives them freedom, and with save you. Your child might wear miss matched outfits but don't fight it, they are attempting to discover themselves. If you're worried about what your toddler is going to wear then take the time to count to ten in your head, breath, and try to calm down. Try asking them what they want to wear, guiding them to better choices based on weather and such. Though keep in mind that they still need to have the freedom to make their own choices. This tactic will will help you in the long run. It helps the child establish some form independence and it helps them figure out their fashion style. Let them wear what they want out in public it will help them with confidence and also let them know that it is okay to wear what you want.
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Important things to remember!

Comfortability: When dressing a child you must always remember a few things.
1. Think Practical: Leave the ruffles and dressy attire for other occasions. You want to make sure your child is almost always dressed for fun.

2. Forget about hard to pull on tights, Lacey over pants, and Suspenders: While things like tights might keep your child's legs warm in the cold, its impractical to constantly trying to pull off and pull on such clothing.

3. Potty-Training kids need easy-to-manage outfits: Kids who are being potty trained need simple clothing such as pull on clothes.

Durability: Durable clothing is beyond important! Your child's clothing needs to last through rough play times, the weather, and a typical day's stress. That means the fabric is comfy, stretchable, and won't rip very easily.

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