This post is sponsored by Target.
A lovely friend of mine, Mel, showed me this little trick a couple of years ago after watching R spinning around in circles, trying to fit his arm into the sleeve of his jacket. Do your kids do that? Spin around backwards, getting frustrated trying to find their sleeve? That all ended when we were introduced to the dive and flip. It is a super simple method for putting on shirts (short or long sleeve) and jackets. R was about two and half when he learned this technique and he still uses it now. It took him a couple of tries to get it right, but it’s a really fun move to learn and there were lots of giggles along the way. After a few attempts, it all fell into place (literally!) and before we knew it, R was happily and easily dressing himself in things that previously hr needed me to do for him.
I had planned to take photos of R demonstrating this technique with a jacket, but he really wanted to wear his cool new Target shirt so today, you’ll be seeing the dive and flip with a long sleeve shirt. (This entire outfit came from Target. You can see the T-shirt here and their range of shorts here). Now, prepare to be amazed! 😉
STEP 1. THE SET UP
To begin, lay your jacket or shirt on the floor. Next, stand behind the neckline/collar as shown in the second photo below.
STEP 2. DIVE!
Bend down and dive into the shirt by sliding both of your arms inside the sleeves.
STEP 3. FLIP!
Flip the shirt over your head, standing up again at the same time.
Ta da! The shirt is on in one quick movement! No more fumbling around looking for sleeves and getting all tangled up in the process.
The best way to learn how to do the dive and flip is to see it in action, so we made a short video for you. Please forgive my shaky camera work! The sound is also very low but hopefully you’ll get the idea. Click on the photo below to see the video.
The dive and flip was a huge step forward for R. His confidence and independence grew so much after learning this little trick. Simple things like letting R pick out his own clothes each day have really boosted his confidence as well. He also chooses his own clothes when we go shopping. It’s great actually because he makes his decisions really quickly whereas I deliberate for far too long! With Summer on the way, we took ourselves to Target last week to pick out a few new things, including the cute outfit you can see in these photos. R chose everything himself. I’m happy because I know these pieces will suit everything from playground trips to afternoons spent digging in the garden and R is happy because he has chosen the entire look for himself and feels comfortable in it.
Do you have any tips or tricks for helping kids to dress themselves? I’d love to hear them.
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