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When could your child dress themself?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:19 PM
I know there will be a lot of variation but am just worried that maybe my 3yr old should be able to put more clothes on than what he can. He can get undressed fine but can only seem to manage undies &/or pants but its pot luck if they are the right way. He knows his left from right & can put shoes & socks on. It is partially my fault as we dont really give him the chance so I intend to start trying to let him learn on the days he doesn't have daycare & were not in a rush & put his pjs on. Any tips on how to make it more fun or easy for him to understand what way clothes go?
Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:24 PM
My DD was about 14 months old when she could undress and then redress herself - her motivation was that she had very particular ideas about what she wanted to wear.
DS at 6 still needs help! but he can dress himself, he just likes me to do it because he gets more mummy time.
Some kids are better at it than others, but I'm sure if you give him a bit more of a chance he will learn to do it easily in the next year or so.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:25 PM
I left all the labels in DD's shorts and pants, and told her to hold them so that the side where she could see the label should be closest to the front of her body when she picked them up to put them on.
T'shirts, just let them pull them over their heads, and let them feel for the label which should be at the back, then slip each arm through the sleeve.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:27 AM
She's 3.5 and dresses herself most of the time but asks for help with buttons sometimes.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:30 AM
I am a kindergarten teacher and still have to help the 7 year olds get changed sometimes. Just getting shoes right at 3 is pretty impressive in my book!
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:30 AM
Dd is just over 3, she can undress herself, do shoes and socks but I must admit I always dress her.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:32 AM
With my 5yo, it depends on the day.
On school days, she is curiously unable to dress herself, at all.
On weekends, however, she miraculously gains the ability, only to lose it all again come Monday
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:37 AM
She was pretty good at it by 2.5, now at 3 I'm not allowed to help with any of it, shoes included.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:44 PM
My four children were all able to dress themselves except for shoes between 2.5 and 3. They learnt to put on their shoes and tie them up at 5 unlike their mother (aka me) who was about 8 from memory
Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:55 PM
Usually from 2.5 onwards and from 3-4 onwards they could do buttons and shoes, the more harder stuff
Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:15 PM
Thanks for all the replies I guess on days he doesnt have preschool & of a night I will just start giving him a chance to do it himself
Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:18 PM
DD2 will be 4 in October & has been able to take off & put on undies, pants, socks & shoes for ages. I'm not fussy if the undies are inside out. Still has trouble taking off some tops, but can put them on ok. Buttons were tricky for a while, but now she has no problems. Recently she has learnt to put jackets, shirts & cardigans on by herself. Not from us teaching her, suddenly it's just something they can do, so I wouldn't worry too much even though it is annoying them constantly asking us to do it when we have so much other things we could be doing & wish they would hurry up & learn to do it themselves.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:33 PM
It was at about 4.5 yrs that my DD could be sent off to her room to just change herself from beginning to end and not need help. It was never really a priority that she speed up this skill as I've never minded dressing her.
Between 4 and 5ish seems to be the norm from what I've heard of other parents I speak to, boys and girls. Prior to that it seems to be partial dressing rather than whole outfits.
DD still needs help with jacket zippers sometimes though
Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:48 PM
As a Prep teacher I love if they can start school being able to dress themselves, especially for swimming etc!
Posted 12 August 2012 - 01:19 AM
DS was somewhere between 3 and 3.5 before he could do it properly, and nearly four before they went the right way round (I think it's a developmental thing. They start to develop the ability to see things from an outside perspective between 3 and 4 - I think until they do it really is difficult to hold up the clothes and think of them as needing to be the other way around).
DD at 18mo makes a pretty good job of it, though she usually needs several goes and gets things in the wrong holes all the time, so not really there yet, but literally years ahead of DS.
DS did need to be gently encouraged to practice.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 06:50 AM
Dd is 2 and she can take clothes off fine. She can put pants on but not a shirt.
Ds is pretty hopeless. At 4 he can barely take off a shirt with buttons but can take off everything else. He can put on undies and pants and most shirts. He cannot put socks on. His main problem is that he is so incredibly distracted that he cannot complete the task. He often gets distracted mid pants so I may find him playing with Lego with one leg in the pants. Very frustrating.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:24 AM
Around 5 for my kids, but it may have been because I didnt really push them to learn until they were about to start school.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:33 AM
My youngest has been putting undies, pants, shoes on since about 24 months. He has attempted tops, socks etc but less success.
My nearly 5 year old CAN dress himself, but he is not particularly interested. He was probably around 4 when he started being able to manage to get tops and socks on, but could do pants and shoes at three.
I do tend to help him because otherwise he will take an hour to get dressed - but with school coming up I'm taking every chance I can to get him to do it all by himself.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 07:47 AM
My nearly 4 year old DD is not interested in dressing herself, and therefore refuses. She even still needs help doing jeans up after using the toilet.
She can put on slip on shoes, and can sort-of undress herself.
Again, only when she wants to.
She's the kind of stubborn kid that if you try and press the issue, she'll regress even more, so I'm trying to ignore it for the time being.
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