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Dressing a toddler on the run is an acquired skill. Front fasteners will be easier for you child and for you in the period when you must dress a child in motion.

Choose clothes with zippers rather than buttons to make dressing easier. Distract a toddler who’s old enough to resist diapering by performing the task while he’s standing up, perhaps watching television.

Give a child a toothbrush or a toy to play with or stick some masking tape on fingers – it will take a minute or two to get off. You could also put up mirror tiles where a child can see himself and share the tedium of diapering with a friend.

Dress a squirmy toddler on his tummy if you can. It might give you better control. You can put shoes on a toddler while in a high chair, or lightly tickle the bottom of a child’s foot. Toes will uncurl and shoes will go on more smoothly. Now don’t be surprised if the toddler you just dressed removes all clothes within minutes. This is a skill they love to master. One-piece garments will discourage undressing, if you really don’t have the time for it.

Vicki Lansky’s practical, common sense approach to parenting is familiar to millions throughout the world. Vicki’s first book, Feed Me, I’m Yours, published in 1974, and still one of the most popular baby/toddler food cookbooks in the country, was followed by The Taming of the C.A.N.D.Y. Monster, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her other titles include: Toilet Training, Birthday Parties Best Party Tips & Ideas For Ages 1-8, Dear Babysitter Handbook, Welcoming Your Second Baby, Getting Your Child to Sleep … and Back to Sleep, Trouble-free Travel with Children, Baby Proofing Basics and Games Babies Play From Birth to Twelve Months, Koko Bear’s New Potty, A New Baby at Koko Bear’s House, Koko Bear and the New Babysitter, and Koko Bear’s Big Earache. Vicki Lansky’s Divorce Book for Parents: Helping Children Cope with Divorce and Its Aftermath


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