Several folks have written in about putting their kids to bed in the next day’s clothes. Generally, it has been a time-saving strategy, but in Nicole’s case, it also keeps the toddler rebellion to a minimum:
A little before my son turned two he was having a hard time getting dressed in the morning. We fought about which pair of underwear, shirt, and shorts he would wear. It made getting out the door for any activity horribly stressful and turned our home into a battleground.
To minimize morning arguments, in the evening after his shower, we let him choose a t-shirt to wear to bed with his pull-up instead of bothering with pajamas. We’re in less of a hurry at night and he’s in a good mood from his shower (instead of morning wake up grouchies!) so shirt selection is less of an issue. Lately he’s started wearing undies over the pull-up too.
Now, in the morning, he just slips off the pull-up, goes potty, and the underwear come back on for the day. I don’t have to wash pajamas anymore and we can get out the door much more quickly. We still have issues selecting shorts but it’s only one choice instead of three so it’s something!
To deal with church clothes (since he can’t sleep in those) I just lay them out the night before on his chair and he knows church attire is non-negotiable. We all dress up and there’s no getting around that. It’s only one day a week and he knows that when he gets home he can switch back to play clothes – and yes he starts stripping the minute he crosses the threshold!