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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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He has learned that if he doesn't get dressed he gets rewarded with candy. One thing I've learned is never to reward children for doing something basic that they should be doing anyway, otherwise they will expect a reward every time they do it. So: Give lots of extra time to get kids dressed. When planning I always leave 20 minutes for that with my 3 year ...


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The reasoning behind the wrapping is that the birth is quite an environmental change to the baby: You're safe in a nice and warm and soft womb, but suddenly this is replaced by light and air and space and hands and surfaces. Wrapping the baby gives some comfort (although not all babies like being wrapped, they enjoy their newly-won freedom). If you're in a ...


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Whether it causes resentment or not depends on how much say the child has in the matter. Kids often borrow their older sibling's clothing on their own. A lot of handing down happens even without parental intervention, as one child starts to grow out of something, they are more and more willing to lend it to their younger sibling, until it ends up de facto ...


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I agree that it can be a bother to close a onesie all the way down and find one snap left over. But it's no different than when I button up my shirt (except I wiggle less). I can think of a number of reasons why snaps are used so often: they're not a zipper. The end of a zipper can be pointy which can irritate, and the zipper itself can add just enough ...


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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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I don't personally subscribe to "children should be allowed to run around naked all the time" concept, though I know parents who do. Though I have had issues with getting my son out of his pajamas and into regular clothing. I started by making it a rule that the first thing we do when we get up in the morning is get dressed. I do it, my husband does it, I ...


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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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The simple answer is that there is nothing easier (with the possible exception of velcro, but one side of velcro is scratchy so a baby might not like that, and you sometimes have to pull velcro really hard) You can work snaps with one hand, even with a wriggling child. If your worst case scenario is that you missed a snap - it's only going to add a minute. ...


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Both @Torben and @Rory give good answers about why snaps are a popular choice. I will add that is more about bad design and cheap snaps that make the snapping experience bad. The female and male parts on a good design are not all on the same side, separating the snaps in shorter independent series.


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No it isn't normal, in the sense that most kids don't do that. However, just because a child does something that isn't normal, it doesn't immediately mean they are autistic. Perhaps he likes the feel of clothes moving on his skin? You don't say what you or the parents are doing to stop him doing this? If you are not doing anything, why should he stop? ...


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Wrapping the baby also has a lot to do with comforting as well as keeping bub warm. Wrapping helps the baby settle and feel comforted and they usually sleep better when wrapped. Have a read about startle reflex. Wrapping helps to avoid this. With such warm temps, consider using muslin or some other kind of very breathable wrap. I've always followed the ...


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The womb is 37 degrees, so there is no temperature difference. It certainly feels different in liquid compared to air, but wrapping in cloth doesn't provide the same experience as being in liquid, except insomuch as it traps your perspiration, which doesn't seem like a very good idea in your circumstance. In those sorts of temperatures, I would be way more ...


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I think you must read this articla on lifehacker. In this article i found many nice tips for dealing with kids. I think these tips are very logical... :) One of the tip that i am sharing from there: “If you _____ then I’ll give you _____” Bribing kids is equally destructive as it discourages them from cooperating simply for the sake of ease and ...


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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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I was the middle one of five kids - and I loved getting hand me downs from my elder brother. (Not so much from my elder sister...) With my group of friends, my eldest is the eldest of all the kids so he almost never gets hand me downs or cast offs, whereas the others get items from siblings, friends etc - and the good quality clothes might go round 3 or 4 ...


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Kids can have amusing habits and behaviours, especially when learning and exploring something new. As your grandson is 3, I imagine that he has only recently been able to change his clothing fully unassisted, so it could just be the novelty of having a new outfit. In all likelihood it will pass.


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In our house the adults also had hand me downs. For example, our bed belonged to another family member who was getting a smaller one. The trampoline the kids played on belonged to their cousins first. The dressers in our room are the ones one of us used as a child. In that context, it seems perfectly normal for a child to be using something that someone ...


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One of my children also refused to wear shorts. I found zip off pants were a great solution. You put on pants, and if it gets hot you zip off the legs and now you're wearing shorts. Feel a little cool, put the legs back on. For the shirts, you could suggest wearing a tshirt under a longsleeved shirt, and later if it's hot suggest taking off the long sleeved ...


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I think kids should start dressing themselves at the age of 2 and half years. But parents should always teach the children. My kids were able to undress themselves at the age 2. By the age of 2.5 they could put on the pants, socks, trousers, hat. I bought them Shoosey to teach them how to tie laces (but it was when they were 3)



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