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Roo & Sophie's mama 2 kids; Denton, Texas 9318 posts
11th Aug

My four year old will dress himself but has no interest in picking out his own clothes.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
11th Aug

At age 5 she started having interest in picking her own clothes. Otherwise I've been makin her get herself ready since she was 2. (Obviously helping when needed). We had some disagreements about why was appropriate to wear (seasonally, school uniform etc) last yr but now she's almost 6 and I let her wear what she wants. She doesn't always match but meh. E does try to skip toothbrushing by ah likes body spray (although she sucks at spraying it).

Manda♥Bella 1 child; Midland, WA, Australia 29288 posts
11th Aug

My 4yr old has been dressing herself/picking out clothes for about a year and a half, i help if needed but most the time she does it independantly.



She doesnt use lotion, powder or deodorant though because its un-necessary at her age, but she does have a little bottle of kids tinkerbell perfume she gets to wear for special occasions :)

MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
11th Aug
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" They (4&6) get dressed & can pick out their clothes without issue. They brush their teeth & wash faces ... [snip!] ... not use a chemical laden deodorant until they need to. I don't see why a 5yo girl needs lotion, powder & deodorant daily."



I have always put lotion on her daily, she has very dry skin, the powder and deodorant started at her dad's house, they are natural kid products, doubt the deodorant even serves a purpose but she likes to use it and I personally think it is good practice, my 7 year old niece has rancid body odor that her mother won't address because she's "too young". I don't think it's ever too young to start good habits if the products are safe.

MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
11th Aug
Quoting Mason & Carmen's Mommy:" My 5yr old DS gets him self dressed and brushes his teeth but I always pick out his clothes. The few ... [snip!] ... drawers either (he has a tall older dresser) and he also can't reach the clothes in his closet to its just easier if I do it."



I am pretty obsessive about how my kids are dressed, which I think is a lot of what amuses my mom, my daughter is almost 6 and chooses to match everything and "dress up" rather than down anyday. It is a fight to get her in jeans and a tshirt. She has a super tall dresser too, the top 3 drawers are over her head, she used to use a step stool but I finally moved those clothes into a hanging organizer in the closet, so now socks, panties, and Pjs are easy to reach.

Nicola. (Expecting #2) Due May 23; 1 child; Huntsville, AL, United States 4507 posts
status 11th Aug
Quoting MahmuhMahmuh:" I have always put lotion on her daily, she has very dry skin, the powder and deodorant started at ... [snip!] ... won't address because she's "too young". I don't think it's ever too young to start good habits if the products are safe."


I don't see a problem with her using them. As long as it isn't causing any issues, I think its great practice!

girlygirl4ever 1 child; New York 5299 posts
11th Aug

My 5 year old dresses herself but unless I want her wearing a princess dress & heels to school everyday, I have to pick out her clothes! I do give her a choice between 2-3 outfits and she'll pick from them though. She has shown an interest in perfume only because she sees me use it...sometimes I let her have a little squirt when I'm putting mine on.

JulieBarns Due May 7; 3 kids; Japan 70 posts
12th Aug

My little kids dress themselves and brush their teeth and everything independently. I think that it is really awesome that you are doing that for your kids, because they will learn to be more responsible. Good job!
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