How do you persuade a 3 year old to wear clothes?
My 3 year old son would prefer to run around naked rather than wear clothes. He can’t even be persuaded to wear his ‘Thomas & Friends’ t-shirt anymore. When I try to put clothes on him he runs away or hides in a small space or under something so that he is difficult to grab. If I manage to grab him, he wriggles out of my grasp. If I manage to get a t-shirt over his head or socks on his feet he pulls them off again. I try to encourage him to choose what to wear and put his clothes on himself, but that doesn’t work either. He just doesn’t want to wear anything!
This morning, I was having a particularly challenging time. He hid under the duvet and wouldn’t come out. So I left him to it for a bit and waited for him to emerge. Then inspiration struck!
I said, ‘What do I do with this trousers? Shall I put them on your head?’ and I put them on his head like a hat. He said, ‘No, silly mummy, trousers go on my knees!’ and he helped me put them on the right way. Then I said, ‘What about these socks, let’s put them on your ears!’ and I slipped one sock over each of his ears. He laughed and laughed and said, ‘No, silly mummy, socks go on my toes!’ and he helped me put them on properly. After that it was a doddle to put his t-shirt on. And we ran downstairs to tell to tell H what a silly mummy I was!
I’ll try this trick again, but I don’t expect it to work every day. Do you have any suggestions as to what else I can try?