Trust me, once your kids can dress themselves it is a HUGE help in the morning (and all day long). Making the investment now will totally pay off.
Embrace The Fashion Offenses There will be pants on backward, shirts buttoned all wrong and blinding outfit combos. This is all part of the fun and learning of kids dressing themselves. Resist the urge to tell them what they did wrong. Instead praise them for their efforts and enthusiasm (and quickly flip those pants when they use the bathroom).
Dress for Success Kids look so stinking cute in jeans! However, pull-on pants are WAY easier when they are first learning to get their clothes on (not to mention off for the potty!). Choose clothing items that you child can easily manipulate. That means not a lot of buttons and snaps, shirts large enough to get on easily and colorful socks with the foot and heel marked so your child understands how to put them on.
Check the Tag For older kids, help them understand that the tag is there to help. Placing a shirt on the bed with tag side up helps them easily slip into the top. And then, sitting down and placing the tag side of the pants on their laps will help those bottoms go on correctly.
The Right Shoe on the Right Foot Help your child learn which shoe goes on which foot with a sticker or drawing like a heart. Draw one half on the right shoe and the other half on the left so she can put them together and visually understand which side the shoe is meant for. You can also try putting a star on the dominant shoe (ie- if your child is left-handed, put the star on the left shoe).
Outerwear Try buying your kids' jackets slightly larger so they can step into it and pull up the zipper (that you started). You might also teach your child the famous “flip.” Place the jacket on the floor so the hood is closest to your child’s feet. Instruct your kids to put their arms in the sleeves and then flip the jacket over their heads. Yes- sometimes their tushes will be the hood…just try it again!!