At What Age Should My Child Have Dressing Skills?


Typical Development of Dressing Skills

By age 2 your child should:

  • Begin to push arms through sleeves of a shirt
  • Take off his socks, shoes, and hat
  • Lift a leg to help pull pants up
  • Begin to pull down own pants

By age 3 your child should:

  • Take off own coat
  • Remove loose elastic waist pants
  • Dress self in shirt with buttons on the front (does not button at this age)
  • Unzip a zipper
  • Unbutton large buttons

By age 4 your child should:

  • Undress removing tops and pants
  • Dress self in t-shirts or sweaters with some assistance
  • Put on pants with assistance to zipper/button the pants
  • Able to fasten large buttons without assistance
  • Pull up zipper on jacket once it is started
  • Put on shoes and socks (not yet able to tie shoes)

By age 5 your child should:

  • Be able to tie own shoes
 Now you are armed with the information you need to encourage your child to dress themselves.  Spend a couple months really empowering independence with dressing.  It will build self confidence!

If, after 2 months of trying, your child is not mastering the above skills at their age level, please reach out to your pediatrician.  Occupational Therapists at would love to help you to help your child learn dressing skills.  Children that can dress by themselves decreases frustration in the home and saves time.

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