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Teaching your child how to get dressed

04 May 2016


Getting dressed is an important skill for children to learn – but it can be hard for them. You can lay the groundwork when your child is a baby, then help your child learn how to get dressed over the next few years.

Why your child needs to learn how to get dressed
It’s the usual morning rush – you were supposed to be out the door five minutes ago, and your child is still putting on his socks. It’s no surprise that dressing your child yourself seems like the easiest and quickest option.

But your child needs to learn how to do it. The ability to dress yourself builds confidence, independence and a sense of achievement – and once your child has it mastered, it’s one less thing for you to do in the morning!

Getting dressed is about more than just putting on or taking off clothes. It helps your child develop many other skills, including:
     •  fine motor skills as she learns to fasten buttons and zips
     •  gross motor skills as she stands on one leg to pull on a pair of pants
     •  cognitive skills as she remembers what bits of clothing go on first, and builds the patience and attention to finish the task
     •  language as she names types of clothes, colours and sizes
     •  awareness of time and space as she learns to dress for certain occasions and weather conditions.


Raising Children Network, (2015). Teaching your child how to get dressed. Raising Children [Online]. Available: [October 26, 2015]


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