Dressing A Young Child
Dressing a young child is tricky particularly since they fidget and squirm and move around a lot. The more you do it though the easier it will get, you just have to hang in there and be calm and kind.
Choose clothing that fits well, and that’s quick and easy to put on and take off. Distract your child with conversation to keep him focused on something other than the fact that you are trying to get him dressed. With babies and toddlers, sing nursery rhymes and lullabies to make it fun and keep them cheerful.
Make sure to stretch the neck opening wide before putting it over your child’s head to avoid making him uncomfortable. Children don’t enjoy when their faces are covered; and having scratchy and prickly material getting in their eyes and mouth is definitely not comfortable either. Also, pull sleeves back over your child’s arms rather than pulling his arms through. You want to make sure that the dressing experience is as pleasurable as possible, especially since it is something you will have to do every day – perhaps numerous times a day!
Dress your young child in warm clothing to protect them from cold weather outside. Since a large percentage of body heat is lost through the head, hats are essential. Gloves/ mittens, jackets and coats, thick socks and scarves are also brilliant for keeping away the cold and they look really cute too. Some children really hate wearing jackets and beanies, if this is the case with your child and they take it off as soon as you put it on, wait until he is distracted to put it on again. Onesies are great for cold weather and an easy option when it comes to deciding what to dress your child in. Make sure you remove the extra layers of clothes once your child is back inside so he doesn’t overheat.
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When The Sun Is Out
Keep your baby out of the sun if he is less than six months old. Clothing made from light materials like cotton and linen will keep him cool. Your older child should only be out in the sun for short periods and must wear protective headgear, namely a sunhat with a wide brim that will protect his face and eyes. Try to find one with a flap to protect the back of the neck as well. You should dress your young child in light materials and any exposed skin on his face and body must be covered with sunscreen.
If you have to take your child out in the rain make sure he is properly dressed. Protect your child’s clothes from getting wet by putting on a raincoat. Your child will enjoy jumping in puddles therefore he should wear gumboots. That way water wont get onto his socks and feet. You child will be miserable if he’s wet and cold and you don’t want that! Make sure to keep time in the rain down to a minimum. Change your child out of any wet clothing as soon as you’re back inside. There is a great risk of him becoming sick if he is exposed to the cold for too long.
Making A Mess
Children are active, busy and curious and are bound to get their clothes dirty, sometimes intentionally. Making a mess is so much fun! When choosing clothing make sure the materials can withstand frequent washing and that the colours won’t fade. Your child will grow quickly. Ensure you buy stretchy fabric in a slightly bigger size so he can wear the clothing for as long as possible.
When your child is old enough and wants to start dressing himself choose clothing that will be easy for him to manage. Jackets with zips are a better option than buttons. Velcro is better than laces. Pants and jeans with elasticated waists are easy as they can simply be pulled up. Keep all this is mind when clothing shopping for your young child. You will have to help your child to get dressed and teach him what to do in the beginning. Don’t take over, allow him to feel as if he’s doing it on his own. Let him be independent, and only help when he struggles. Be patient when dressing your young child as he is learning and you want him to have a pleasant experience.