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My toddler insists on dressing herself, but it takes forever. How do I speed her up?

Your toddler needs to learn to dress herself, and it’s both a great skill for her to have, and a good barometer of her development. However, you may find that she takes a lot longer than you’d like. Patience is key, but there are a few ways you can help her to get dressed a little faster. Here are some ideas.

Let your child pick out an outfit the day before, and have it ready when she gets up in the morning. That should cut down the time spent deliberating about what she wants to wear. (It also gives you more time to steer her towards better choices!)

If you are in a big hurry, explain that you need to help her to dress because you need to be somewhere in a hurry. Let her put on her own top, for instance, but help with pickier items like pants and socks.

You could also make sure that all your child’s clothes are easy to pull on. Sweatshirts are a lot easier for small hands to master than button down shirts, for example.

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