Dressing routine for toddlers: Encouraging independence


Teaching toddlers to dress themselves is an important step in fostering independence. To encourage this, parents can choose appropriate clothing for the weather and occasion and lay out options for the toddler to choose from. It's important to ensure that the clothing fits properly and is comfortable for the child. Parents can assist with any difficult clothing items, such as buttons or zippers, and help the toddler put on socks and shoes. Encouraging good hygiene habits, parents can encourage the toddler to brush their teeth and wash their face and hands. If necessary, parents can assist with these tasks. Applying sunscreen and combing or brushing the toddler's hair are also important steps. Praise and encouragement for the toddler's efforts will help build their confidence and independence.