How to dress your toddler peacefully

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Trying to dress a toddler can be a challenging battle for parents. Child expert Chris Minogue has provided some tips on how to dress your toddler peacefully so that you can both get ready for the day

Chris recommends that parents should avoid the clothes argument as much as we can.
“Don’t argue about clothes,” Chris says. “There are so many big things you have to argue about in life, clothes is not one of them.”

However, Chris does recognise that clothes are very necessary for day care, colder months and special occasions, so here are her ideas to manage each situation with minimized struggle.

Everyday wear

Letting your toddler to make a choice to some degree can help. If they’re going to constantly argue, curate a drawer of outfits from which they can choose anything they want for the day.

“Let him choose anything out of that drawer that he wants to put on, but coincidentally everything in that drawer matches,” Chris suggests.

By doing this, parents can also ensure that weather appropriate clothes are there to be picked.

Seasonal dressing

If your child does insist on picking unsuitable clothes, Chris says it won’t take them long to realise Mum or Dad was right. She shares this example, when she was on a plane with a family. Along the trip, the child undressed itself and would not put any clothes on. They were landing in a Northern Hemisphere winter. When they walked out the door of the airport and then back in, they managed to put the clothes on with no argument.

“Sometimes you have to let them go a little bit for them to work it out,” Chris says. 

Special occasions

If it is an event where you want to dress your toddler in something specific, Chris recommended to start it early.

A toddler does not like disruption. If they are disrupted while in the middle of their play moment or doing something else, they will go hysterical. To avoid this, do it at the very start of the day.

“As soon as he gets out of bed, take his pyjamas off and put his clothes on, cause then he doesn’t argue about it,” Chris says.

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