Development question relating to independence....

(12 Posts)
atrcts Fri 01-Mar-13 21:26:13

Quick question: what does everyone do for their children's wardrobe? I am looking for a mini one that will enable children to be independent with their own clothes at the right age to do so, but am thinking they might not be tall enough to use a full sized adult wardrobe before they reach that height, and wondered what everyone does?

anonymosity Fri 01-Mar-13 21:28:33

Can you get one of those drop down additions to a hanging rail? Usually they're a lighter weight rail (wood) with hanger-like hooks either end that you hang on the existing rail.

Unless they get pulled down to be used as swords they are quite handy for the DCs to reach and hang up their own clothes

OhBananas Fri 01-Mar-13 21:30:08

All our kids clothes are in drawers so easily accessible, apart from special things like party dresses.

atrcts Fri 01-Mar-13 22:49:48

Oh crikey! Makes me wonder how I have got through all my life without knowing about drop down hanger rails and such like - all the sort of things you get introduced to as a parent!!!! Thanks for that, makes perfect sense.

IllGetOverIt Fri 01-Mar-13 22:52:48

confused I'm perplexed tbh

Either draws/kids wardrobe or you get the clothes for them.

Surely?

Our eldest has a full sized corner w robe. He can reach fine. I still iron the clothes and direct which ones to wear (weather dependent)

You get dc I decide. And theirs are in kids' w robes.

IllGetOverIt Fri 01-Mar-13 22:54:23

-I get the younger dc's clothes ready. They're in kids w robes

<bloody wine affected fingers>

atrcts Fri 01-Mar-13 23:18:39

What age are you saying your kids can reach their wardrobe rail?

atrcts Fri 01-Mar-13 23:19:34

Also where did you buy the kids wardrobes from - the Mothercare nursery robes (as an example) are full sized!

Startail Fri 01-Mar-13 23:22:19

Children and hangers don't mix. They can't put things on them, they can't take things off them and they fail making a space before trying to stuff it in the wardrobe 101.

They tangle clothes together, drop things on the floor and break hangers.
Also, if they can get things out their wardrobes, girls will wear 3 sets of clean (ironed if your barmy) clothes in one day.

Seriously, train DCs to put on what you get out or offer one simple weather and occasion, suitable choice. (DD2 is 12, she's been trampolining outside in shorts today confused

Independence and dressing is great, too much access to clothes storage equals washing and stress.

lougle Fri 01-Mar-13 23:37:48

I've started putting the next day's clothes in the girls' bedside cabinets. It's been really helpful, because we make the decision before bed (uniform for the older two) and then in the morning, they have everything they need to get ready for the day. They are 7 (SN), 5 and 3.

EverybodysSootyEyed Fri 01-Mar-13 23:50:18

Ds (6) and I get his clothes out the night before. He couldn't care less tbh

Dd (2.5) and I will choose her outfit in the morning. I give her options (this top or this one etc) otherwise she would be wearing completely inappropriate clothes for the weather.

Ds can't reach his rail - but as said above, they aren't good with hangers. I find drawers much more practical

atrcts Sat 02-Mar-13 12:17:51

Hmmm - lots of food for though! Thanks for sharing your experience - much of whats been said just didn't really occur to me but seems pretty practical really grin

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