Choosing clothes for children has become a real headache for many parents. Indeed, they want to have beautiful children in their clothes, without disturbing their motor skills: running, jumping, rolling, and other movements unimaginable for adults.
With children, there is no need to think about appearance in the first place, as they are very mobile and make gestures that still favour free motor skills. Therefore, we must first think about the comfort of the child, when they move, with the clothes.
It is better to choose clothes that are neither too tight nor too loose. Avoid materials that could hinder movement, such as leather. Prefer clothes with materials that absorb perspiration, such as cotton. It’s a good idea to choose soft, flowing children’s clothing. This will help them a lot in their psychomotor development.
For colours, it is better to choose different colours for the child’s open-mindedness, and to avoid stereotypes.
Let children choose for their autonomy
For their personal development, it is preferable to let the children participate in the choice of their clothes. This does not mean that they can choose what they want, but it does mean giving them a margin of choice, and explaining to them what they need to know to choose their clothes.
Letting the child choose means accepting their tastes as well as the colours. It also means teaching the child to dress according to the seasons. They can understand why they should wear this or that piece of clothing in the summer, and this or that for the winter.
When there are clothes of the child’s choice that you, the parents, do not agree with, explain the reasons to the child and also listen to the child’s point of view. You will then find common ground. For example, if he chooses a cheaper model, he may have other things.
For babies under 1 year old, it is best to choose clothes that are easy to put on to avoid accidents when dressing.
They must have freedom of movement in these clothes for their development. Socks and booties are de rigueur until 8 months.
Favour soft clothing, preferably made of cotton, for the health of their skin, which is still very fragile.
Listen to the child’s sensations, in relation to the temperature and the ergonomics of his clothing. Parents can detect this by the child’s gestures and crying.