Toddlers around the age of two are pretty good at removing their clothing. Rachel is especially good at this when she gets in the car. She removes her shoes and socks within minutes of getting in her car seat. I've learned that I have to allow an extra few minutes anytime we go somewhere because I know that when we arrive at our destination, I'll need to locate her socks and shoes which have probably been tossed to different sides of the van and then get said socks and shoes back on to those wiggly little feet.
As talented as they are at removing their clothing, toddlers may not be able to completely dress themselves until they are three years old or even older. Rachel just turned 2 years old a month ago and although she tries to get dressed on her own, her desire to be independent and dress herself has come before her ability to actually do it. Unfortunately, this often leads to frustration for her. Usually she just gives up trying to do it herself and she asks me to help her (or she decides that she doesn't want to wear clothes at all that day, even if it is freezing outside).
When shopping for Rachel, I try to buy clothing that is as easy as possible to put on and take off so she can get that sense of accomplishment of doing it herself. I buy shirts that pull over her head instead of those with buttons and snaps, pull-on pants instead of skirts with tights and pants with zippers or buttons, and shoes that velcro on instead of those with buckles or shoe laces.
Of course, socks can be a big challenge for toddlers too. Here is Rachel's attempt to put on her own socks.
Rachel's frustration really stands out, "It's kind of hard....would you help me?"
As her mom, I want to encourage her to be independent and I want her to feel confident that she can do things on her own. So I was really excited to learn about EZ Sox (www.ezsox.com). These are the "I can do it" training socks for toddlers. They have two reinforced loops at the top of the socks that serve as handles for little fingers to pull them up with ease. They are the coolest socks I've ever seen and Rachel loves them.
Rachel just turned 2 a month ago but she can put her socks on all by herself now. She's so proud of herself...and so am I!
I love that they come with so many options for cute little animal faces.
Rachel loves her "piggy socks", as she calls them, but the face on the sock also helps her to realize which side of the sock goes on the top of her foot so it doesn't get all twisted around. But EZ Sox also come in solid colors for older kids or for when you want something more dressy for church.
Rachel likes to keep her shoes off as much as she can when we are just hanging out around the house so I love that EZ Sox have sticky grip bottoms to keep her from slipping and sliding on the hardwood floors.
Check out EZ Sox for your little one and put the fun into putting on socks! I think they might make for a fun stocking stuffer at Christmas :)
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Note: EZ Sox provided me with a sample pair of socks for Rachel to try. My opinions and comments are all my own.