Then have the child reach down and put their hands/arms into the arm holes.
With their arms partially in the arm holes, have them raise their arms up above their head. This causes the jacket to flip up. (Most of my children do this as they stand up to give it a little more umph!)
TA DA!!! The jacket is on!
I have had children as young as 18 months master this skill. Children are always watching an observing. IF you put your jacket on this way, they are much more apt to catch on and become independent about putting their own coats on.
Here is a quick video that shows the technique in action, quick and efficient!
(I apologize that you need to tilt your head, I’m not sure why it turned or how to fix it!)
Another great way to encourage independent dressing is to provide LOTS of practice!
- Put clothing in a basket for children to play with. Make sure to collect pieces with buttons, snaps, zippers, velcro, et.
- Use “real” clothes in your dress up area and for your baby dolls with various types of closing mechanisms
- Allow children to “play” with their coats, boots, shoes, snowpants
- Buy/Make Dressing Frames
- Try to provide other materials that will be helpful for dressing (I have some puzzles, lacing cards, lacing shoes, etc…)