Learning to dress oneself is a key component of the Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom.
But zippers, buttons and snaps can be a huge struggle for a toddler!
Aid your toddler’s independence by choosing clothing they can (for the most part) get into and out off all by themselves. Don’t worry, tying double knots will come soon enough!
Pants with stretchy waistbands and loose ankles
It’s tempting to choose a pair of pants with a button and zipper, but for a child who is just learning to go to the bathroom, choose roomier pants instead.
Slip on Shoes
When a child wants to get outside to play, it can be frustrating to find an adult to help them put shoes on. Instead, look for shoes that support your child’s play, but that slip on and off easily.
We like Keens because they are sturdy and supportive but utilize velcro and stretchy material for toddler independence! Check out these Keens for kids.
The bigger, the better.
A rule of thumb for any clothing you find for you toddler is the bigger, the better. Not the size, but instead the features that your child will have to master to successfully dress themselves. For example, look for big buttons on sweaters, zippers with a big pull tap, or snaps that aren’t too sticky or difficult.
A toddler is extremely capable, and by using the ideas above, we know that your child will be dressing themselves in no time!
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