Posted in Behavior, Toddlers

My 2 soon to be 3 year old does not want to get dressed or do her hair. It is a struggle to leave the house every morning. I have tried everything, incentives, letting her choose her clothes, giving 10 minute earnings, etc. Any suggestions?

  • Katie
    Feb 04, 2018

    I cut had by daughter get a shorter hair cut and now it’s super easy to do her hair. I’m in the same boat for clothes she loves being naked.

  • Sherry
    Feb 04, 2018

    I put my 2 yo clothing on before she even wakes up. Bathe the night before; get dressed in the morning before she wakes so that the only thing she complains about is brushing her teeth and hair. It’s not nothing but it is one less thing to argue about. Hope it helps

  • Tracee
    Feb 04, 2018

    @katie, she has pretty curly hair and it grew in super so it’s only a couple of inches off her head and oh how I wish curly hair was easy! 😂

  • Tracee
    Feb 04, 2018

    @sherry, I love the idea of dressing her before she wakes! I might give that a go.

  • Stephanie
    Feb 05, 2018

    My daughter was the same. Now she needs to get up in the morning, make her bed, get dressed and do hair before she gets breakfast. If she refuses past breakfast time she gets a simple meal. If we have cereal she gets plain Cheerios with milk, while her brother who did his tasks gets a choice of flavored cereal and some chocolate milk. I always make sure both kids know exactly how To do each task. I’ll have them watch me do a task then undo it and watch as they do it- took us 5 days to learn to make the bed, she’s 3 and can now do her bed by herself. Once her tasks are complete she gets the yummy breakfast, if not- basic it is. It REALLY, REALLY, hurts the momma heart when they don’t get the yummy breakfast, but it only happened one time. Once they complain about not getting it I will tell them exactly how they can earn it the next time. If you are interested in this method I highly suggest www.learntospeakkid.com

  • Jennifer
    Feb 05, 2018

    I dont have any suggestions just here to say I feel your pain! My twonyear old does not want to leave the house at all! She runs whenever she sees me coming towards her with her clothes / coat she runs away! She does not enjoy the car ride or being at a store. Its to the point I have to wait for my husband to get home so I can run errands 😣

  • Tracee
    Feb 05, 2018

    @Jennifer, the getting her dressed while she was sleeping was definitely helpful this morning! We had no issues. It would be a different story if it were later in the day and we were trying to leave. We need a strategy for that! Lol

  • Tori
    Mar 01, 2018

    So I’m a Nanny and we had this problem with my last kiddo. I know time isn’t of the essence but I would go in and hold her before she needed to wake up so the transition was easier. Morning baths also helped snap her out of it. Offer choices but keep them limited, would you like this outfit or this outfit. Do you want to put it on or should mommy put it on for you? This way they feel like they have control but really the outcome is always in your favor!