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 https://www.abcpediatrictherapy.com 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.