What makes the best dressed toddler differ greatly depending on whether you are a parent or a teacher. Parents may think that trendy skinny jeans and tulle tu-tus are the way to go. Your child’s teacher may think that loose fitting elastic waist pants and simple t-shirts are the way to go. Overalls, coveralls and onesies are a huge hassle when you have six out of your twelve children covered in snaps. This adds a lot of time to the entire diaper changing process that could be better spent engaging the children in an exciting activity. Also, save the really nice outfits for special occasions and send your child in clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Because as much as we try to keep them clean, they are children and they will get messy. Furry coats really attract the mulch from the playground. I have spent way too much time picking out mulch covering coats. Sundresses are wonderful for summer, but an uncovered diaper attracts mulch and then the mulch gets into the poor girl’s diaper. That just can’t be comfortable. Simple bloomers solve that problem in a very cute way.
Most of all, please keep in mind when dressing your child that she is not the only child that has to have her diaper changed several times a day. A classroom of twelve toddlers with four diaper changes a day is 48 diaper changes a day. Just imagine that with overalls, overalls with onesies under, fleece coveralls, layers of onesies, tight jeans, tu-tus over leggings, and even the occasional footie pajamas. All we would be doing all day is changing diapers. Forget actually teaching your child anything or doing any art projects with your child.
I would love to see a classroom full of the best dressed toddlers!
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