Choose a pant from the top basket. Sit down and put it on. Then stand up and pull it up by wriggling just so and just so. Decide you don’t want to wear underpants today and take it off.
Put the hanger back on the rack
Decide you would like to put your shirt on in front of the mirror and race to the mirror.
Pull it this way and that way until you get it over your head
Check to make sure it is indeed over your head
Put your first hand through the neck hole several times and then eventually through the armhole.
Ask mummy for help but stop her as soon as your hands find the hole. Pull down making sure to check your reflection the whole time.
When done, mummy doesn’t have to praise you or say anything. You do a random celebratory dance. Dressing up is hardwork and you know it!
Zoom out of the room! To?
And it’s off to face the day!!!
This is our toddler’s dressing area. You might recognize it from his infant room. The wardrobe used to be his changing table. We knew it would eventually become his toddler wardrobe.
There is space in front to offer the choice of sitting on the chair or on the floor to put on pants or shoes.
The one thing I need to add to this area is a toddler length mirror. As you can see he uses his mirror from when he was an infant but it is not ideal.
Apart from the space, the other things that encourage his independence in dressing up is giving him enough time and not offering unnecessary help. It can be hard to watch the child struggle but know that they will ask for help when they need it and as Maria Montessori said,