3 and a half year olds obsession with clothes...help!

Jane - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is usually very reasonable but the past few months he has decided that he will wear as little as 6 items of clothing on his top half and briefs, boxers and shorts on his bottom half. It use to be cute but he gets upset because of how flustered he gets and I know that it is winter but it is this reason I am struggling with washing..eg not being able to get things dry and also having to hide his clothes is alot of extra work. It has been nearly two weeks since I put his clothes in hiding but he still hasn't snapped out of this phase?! Does any one have any other ideas please?

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Ahh now I understand.
In the morning pick out two shirts, two underwear, two sets of socks and two sets of pants.
Start with underwear, "Which pair do you want to wear the green sponge bob or the red Thomas?"
"Both? well I am sorry that isn't a choice - green sponge bob or red thomas"
"I love you too much to argue, Green sponge bob or red Thomas"
"You have ten seconds to decide and then I will make the choice for you"
"I take the first answer given to me."
"If you would like to continue to argue with me then you may spend some alone time in your room."
"when you are ready to get dressed let me know, I am ready to help you."
"I am happy to provide breakfast to little boys who are dressed"

those are all the varying responses you can use with him.
after underwear go through socks, and pants and shirt. my son loves this. and when he is all dressed he then puts away the stuff he didn't choose. he loves having control over what he wears - I love no arguing and the fact he is wearing weather appropriate clothing. Heck even the socks I give him a choice on, nevermind he only has white socks!

Hope that helps.

Jane - posted on 07/13/2011

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It isn't that he is rejecting any of his clothes it's that he wants to wear them all at once. And when he does that he gets flustered from being too hot. He doesn't have a reason for it he just wants what he wants. This morning I picked his clothes out, there was a tantaurum for 3/4 of an hour which I let go ( as hard as it is ) but it paid off. He got himself dressed in the clothes I picked and he is as happy as. I believe he is just pushing the boundries, it is the only thing he tries out on me.

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take him shopping and let him pick out new clothes. you can set up "store" at a friend's house with some of hte rejected clothes?

you could ask him why he doesn't like the other clothes? is it a color thing? style thing? perhaps it is a texture thing. your son could be VERY sensative to textures..

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