Dressing and undressing

Older toddlers get better at dressing and undressing themselves. They may not be able to get in and out of clothes as quickly, but they need a chance to learn what they can do on their own. Let them help with the steps they can do, then gradually let them do all the steps.

Your toddler may find it easier to dress and undress if she wears:

  • clothes with elastic waists
  • shoes and boots that slip on or do up with Velcro® (most children can’t tie their own shoes until they are 5–6 years old)

Toddlers like to make their own choices. You may find your toddler picks the same clothes day after day. If you divide her clothes into special occasion and play clothes, you can let her choose from the clothes that are best for what she is going to do.

  • Use the correct names

  • As your child discovers different body parts, talk about the parts using correct names (e.g., penis, vagina).
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