I was warned that babies grow up to an age when they start to choose the clothes they want to wear. It would be somewhere around the 2 years mark. My daughter is 19 months and she has an opinion on what she wants, on all things.
She knows exactly which bib she wants to wear. It’s either that or no other. For a while, she would insist on this teeny little cloth bib with a plastic front, from when she was way younger. Easy on the skin and easy to wipe but barely served it’s purpose. After it mysteriously disappeared and a couple of big ones arrived, things are much better at the dinner table. She chooses the spoon she will eat from and sometimes that changes during the course of the meal but that just means more load for the dishwasher.
If we are listening to nursery rhymes, she has requests. Reading books at night? She will tell you which one to read.
I take her to the cupboard to pick out a shirt and pair of pants. She gives the shelves one cursory glance and then points to the right, “Frock!”
She went through a phase of wearing her one frilly skirt all the time, when she was at home. Even to bed. So, I got her a couple of skirts yesterday. I wouldn’t have thought it but I had to search hard and long to find two skirts with frills!
In spite of the Winter cold being rather gentle in this part of the world, she has a collection of jackets. If she had to pick (often does), it is always the big, warm white jacket with lots of pink and blue “meow” on it. If she sees it lying around, she grabs it and wears it around the house.
Recently, she has decided that she doesn’t like to wear clothes in the morning. She fights it, screaming and lying on the floor, thrashing her legs. No clothes and no arguments about it. Thankfully, the weather has been reasonably warm since Spring begun. At some point in the morning she will want something – food, go out to the balcony, etc – and I trade her the activity for wearing clothes!
The list goes on and she isn’t even close to the expected milestone age for being able to make some of these choices. What then?