There are several opportunities for care of self and care of the environment in the child’s bedroom.
- One way that we can help the child is to organize their space. By providing the child with several baskets on a shelf for their clothing, we give them independence and choice. One basket for underwear and socks, one with shirts, one with shorts, and one with pajamas. 2 to 3 for each is plenty for a toddler to choose from.
- You can provide low hooks for jackets.
- You can also provide your child with a small bench to assist with dressing. You may need to model how to open their shorts and put one foot in on each side or how to open the velcro on their shoes. Try providing minimal adult intervention by giving verbal cues so that they can work on mastering their self dressing skills. You may need to observe your child during self dressing and remove any obstacles, such as clothing that may be too small or too difficult (buttons).
- You can provide a basket for your child’s dirty laundry.
- A small mirror with a hair brush can allow them to brush their own hair. Also, a box of tissues with a waste basket can allow them to take care of blowing their nose independently.
Care of the Environment
- A small bed allows the child to get in and out of their bed independently. It can be a toddler size bed or a crib mattress on the floor.
- You can show your child how to make their bed with a small blanket.
- Provide a small lamp that your child can turn off and on independently.
- A reading space is nice in the child’s bedroom. I have found that toddlers are more successful with taking out and putting away books into a small basket, rather than a bookcase.
- It is nice to try to have a separate space for resting (the bed & books) and one for playing (toys). If they are both in the same room, you may want to separate the spaces with a shelf.
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