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The words "efficient" and "toddler" don't really go together. Mostly, you just have to accept that things like getting dressed will take a lot longer while they are learning, and plan time in your schedule for it*. There are a few tricks that can make it a little easier, though. Have one parent hold the child still and assist while the other does the ...


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In my experience, we had stages roughly like this: 12 months: Put arms through sleeves. Prior to this I began by puting shirt over neck, then positioned the hand in the arm hole, and then getting him to move his arm through the sleeve. That moved into him finding the arm holes mostly on his own by 12-15 months. That's probably the single biggest time ...


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Toddler? One word: Smartphone. There is some great advice above, but in an emergency popping Elmo or a basketball game on a phone and handing it to the toddler can be a bailout when they are frustrated. Somewhat counterintuitively it even helps them focus on the hand that's going through a sleeve by having a big phone clenched in the other hand. We're not ...


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I think the response is typical for kids that age. Even through the teen years, kids lack the ability to necessarily understand "why" they did something. Given that he does tuck it in when asked and without objections, I'd say just keep reminding him, and don't make a huge deal out of it. Eventually he might start doing it on his own, and if not, I suspect ...


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My daughters loved to be in the nude when they were babies. They giggled and wiggled like crazy and it was delightful to look at them. When it comes to temperature, follow your instinct. Put your baby always on a blanket, because objects on the grass can vary from flowers to dog poop or broken glass. I would say, choose a really warm day, one of these ...


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What other approaches can I try to deal with that situation? I see five general options: Take Valkyrie's approach of hacking your own footie pajamas. Make the children's room colder, to encourage them to want socks on. This doesn't strike me as a great approach, since they may simply bundle up in more blankets, rather than put on socks. Make the ...


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It's going to be really hard to pin down a single cause, unless he can tell you himself (I assume you asked him already). Ties represent authority and responsibility, particularly when worn in media, whether it is on the news or in a children's show. He may have seen people wearing ties on TV and decided that that was pretty cool. He may simply find them ...


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The simple reason is because "I don't know" sounds better than "I forgot". "I forgot" implies admission and lays direct blame on the subject being asked. "I don't know", while somewhat implying admission, it doesn't place direct blame. How do you fix it? Your remind him to tuck his shirt in every day until the one day he comes out of his room dressed ...


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A one year old is too old for a carrying car seat, or will soon be. Most of those max out at 30 inches or less; in the US, a boy will reach 30 inches on average on his first birthday, with a 95% range of 8 months to 16 months, and a girl not too different from that, according to the CDC Growth Charts. We're talking about a sitting-up carseat here. The ...


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The skin area-to-weight ratio is highest for newborns and decreseas as children grow. They lose heat faster than we do, but they also absorb external heat faster. Therefore, when the temperature's relatively high ~25C but the sun is shining brightly it may be OK to leave the baby to play naked. However, the same ~25C in shade may be much too cold for an ...


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If you're insisting on the socks staying on no matter what, you might have to hack some footie pajamas of your own. Sew some thick long socks to the legs of the pj's; that should do it.


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If the baby is old enough to be toddling around and there is a warm breeze, mid 70's Fahrenheit. Infant, upper 70's, shade, warm breeze. I would always keep a receiving or other light blanket around. If the baby has goose bumps, put a t-shirt or onesie on the child unless they appear to be just a random thing.


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I just plop the t-shirt over their head and let them have fun finding the arm-holes. For pants and shoes, I just lift one of their feet, causing them to instinctively reach for the nearest hand-hold to keep their balance--usually my ear or hair.


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I'll often sit with my legs crossed, set them in my lap, plop the head through the neck hole, then reach through the sleeves, grab their hands, and pull them through. Then I put their legs in the pants, stand them up while I'm still sitting and pull their pants up the rest of the way, and their shirt down. As they grow I work on having them lift their legs ...


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IIRC, we had a car seat that was also one of those carry things. I think it also may have connected to a stroller? Anyway I imagine they are expensive (Ours was gift), and while made things easier, not a need at all. I don't think we ever actually put him in a full on snow suit + carseat. That was more for in the stroller/walks/etc. If he's not ...


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We wound up adjusting the straps at the beginning of winter to accommodate thicker clothes/jackets. Even then, it could be a challenge to get the straps around my son in his heaviest coat. The workaround we came up with for the coldest weather was this: Bundle my son up in whatever we thought was appropriate for the weather. Bring him out to the car, sit ...


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Something I've noticed with my kids is that young children are repeaters. They watch the same episodes on Netflixs over and over again. They play the same games over again and the same toys over again. They want to always wear their favorite PJs, and to always have their favorite teddy bear. For them this repeating helps define the constants in their ...


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My wife and I worried about this with our son for his first winter at home. Mainly because only weighed 15lbs at 14 months (preemie), and the temperature was hanging out around 16 Fahrenheit. We tried bundling in winter clothes but he would overheat. If he was going in his car seat the most we could put on him was long sleeve onesie, some pants, and ...


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One thing worth pointing out is that children that young have the brilliant feature where if they are cold they will tell someone about it; they don't get as deeply distracted as older children do. You clearly care about your son and keeping him warm, which means you will respond if he's not happy. If he's ok with being transported to a warm car in a coat ...


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Garters are made for the express purpose of keeping socks pulled up. Might be worth a try. Also, while somewhat hard to find, footed sleepers for bigger kids are totally available. My 5'4" 13-year-old has a set that he still wears; they're Cherokee, one of the Target house brands, though I don't see anything on their site right now. But Big Feet PJs seems ...


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Kids at three like to feel they have some control even though they really aren't ready for a lot of control yet. First, I suggest having a schedule or routine everyday that is predictable and even posted for your child (using pictures). Having it be predictable for your child when getting dressed will be required actually helps him feel "in control." If ...



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