Out of all the things my child cares about, I’ll admit that I thought clothing would be the last on the list. Turns out that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The challenges of dressing your toddler has many layers. It’s not just attire for school. Our kid has strong feelings about clothing, period. On the rare weekend day where we aren’t running off to an activity or errand, we love to embrace a good slow morning, complete with pajamas, breakfast and cartoons. Our little man? Not on board with the pajama party. We’ve learned it’s not only the clothes that can be wrong but when he’s wearing them that can be wrong. Saturday and Sunday mornings seem to be the only time he wants to be up early and in jeans, pronto. And, of course, pushing has sometimes landed us in the midst of some toddler tantrums.
Find yourself starting or ending many a day with a toddler tantrum over clothing? It’s not just you. It’s a totally normal phase. Your young one is stretching those muscles of independence and, perhaps unfortunately, that extends to their wardrobe as well. Beyond independence, it’s about limits. How much is just our preference—personal and cultural norms versus absolutes? They’re testing the boundaries and looking to your reactions to clue them in as to where those fall.
So, how can we make getting your mini dressed less of a headache?
This is your kiddo letting you know their personality. Their style. It might be the furthest from yours possible. Maybe you’d planned on not reinforcing gender norms with your daughter and she is obsessed with all things princess and wants to wear only shades of pink layered one on top of the other. Or perhaps you are super into fashion and your kid only wants to wear sweats. It’s ok. It’s not the rest of their life. It’s not forever. It’s just right now. And it’s likely going to change over time – so try to enjoy the moment while it lasts.