While I occasionally do battle with my wardrobe when getting dressed in the morning, I was able to take pride in having a more civilized system for my daughter. At the beginning of each week, I would lay out her clothes. No fuss in the morning. No husband asking what she needed to wear.
Enter a two-year old demanding more independence. As I reached for the perfectly planned two-piece play set, there were cries of protest. “I wear that all the time!”
Not used to having my dictatorship challenged in this area, I proceed. Yet, I was met with a more furious resistance as I tried to pull the shirt over her head. This was to be a democratic process, I understood.
So, for the past few months, our morning routine has consisted of choices, negotiations and compromises. These shoes or those boots. A skirt or leggings. It’s also been a process of discovery, as she finds each leg and learns to pull the pants up over her bum.
According to BabyCenter, a toddler may be able to put on loose clothes by 24 months, but it could take up until 3 or 4 years old before he or she will really be able to get dressed independently.
I still have a couple more years to go in this Grand Experiment, but I’m looking forward to granting her freedom and letting her manifest her own fashionable destiny.