Learning to dress independently is an important life skill. Not only does it give the child a sense of achievement to master a new skill but also gives the parent precious few minutes first thing in the morning!
Click here for general information on dressing.
Click here for general information on putting a jacket on and off.
Click here to access a Dressing Social Story from NHS Lanarkshire.
By one year your child should be able to help you as you dress them by pushing their arms and legs through items of clothing. By 2 years they should be able to remove an unfastened jacket.
By 2 ½ years they can put on easy clothing such as a jacket or open front shirts without zipping/buttoning.
By the age of 3 they should be able to assist with zipping and unzipping and separating the zip at the bottom of a jacket. Between the ages of 3-4 your child should be able to put their hands through both armholes and down the sleeves in front opening clothing (e.g. jacket). They should also be able to take the same item off completely.
By 4 years old children should be able to get their clothes on and off independently but will not be able to manage fastenings (e.g. zips and buttons) for another year or two.
Tying your own shoelaces requires a level of dexterity (using both hands together) most children don’t possess until they’re between five and seven, so take it slow.
Here is new modern method you can try -
Before teaching your child this new modern method we would recommend you take time to practice on your own. Being confident in the method yourself will reduce any anxiety and confusion when teaching your child.
If your child is struggling to create the first knot then try the technique shown below -