Wednesday, 23 November 2011

What shall I wear today?

Freddy (23 months) really wants to be able to dress (and undress) himself and I want to do all I can to help him.  One project that I have on the go at the moment is to make him some DIY dressing frames but another idea that I had was to give him more independence in choosing what he wears each day.

In his room there is a tall chest of drawers with his and his brother's clothes in.  I used to just take out whatever I wanted him to wear but I decided to give him the bottom two drawers to select his own clothes each day and to get his pyjamas for bedtime.

I wanted to make some labels for the drawers so that Freddy knew where to look and hence reduce any possible frustration of not being able to find his socks for example (these things matter to toddlers).  So using some coloured pens I drew examples of clothing items to use as labels.

By the way, this was the first time I had ever used Sharpie pens and boy do they smell strong! 

I then cut out the shapes and used short lengths of ribbon from my ribbon stash to hang them from the drawer knobs.


 And here are the finished labels in place.


I have tried to keep the drawers uncluttered with a a few of each clothing type to choose from.  The drawer above these two contain the 'overspill' of items that I can use to replenish his drawers depending on the weather or clean washing turnaround time (which isn't fast).

The clothes that I put in the drawers are chosen such that anything he chooses to wear will be appropriate.

This little offering of Independence goes down really well with toddlers just beginning to learn that they can (and want to) make choices and yet it's so easy to do.


  1. Due to the style of our current place {and me only having two hands and VERY steep stairs!} I keep 4-5 sets of the boys clothes downstairs but I usually ask Noah which jumper/jacket he wants to wear and he always gets to choose his shoes if we head out. This week he has worn gumboots everyday....even though it hasn`t rained since Saturday :D

    He loves making the choice and so I usually let him choose for Shion too! He also likes to choose a hat for Shion...yet won`t wear a hat himself no matter how chilly it gets!

    Love the little labels you made!

  2. Hi Lulu,
    What a great idea to let him choose for Shion too, I'm going to try that.
    It is not uncommon to find Freddy walking around the house with just his boots on :)

  3. Those draw labels are adorable! You are so creative.. Just discovered you blog and am loving it for montessori inspiration :)


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