13 Different Ways to Get a Toddler’s Pants On

Thirteen Different Ways to Get a Toddler’s Pants On:

  1. Allow her to pick out which pair she wants to wear. Get over the fact that they don’t go with the top.
  2. Tell him you are doing something cool as soon as he lets you get the pants on.
  3. Give her something distracting to play with while you slip them on.
  4. Make your hand into a “monster” that eats cute feet; thread your hand up the pant leg and proceed to pull the feet back into the pants leg.
  5. Have a “race” to see who can get the pants on the fastest or try to beat the clock (egg timer).
  6. Hold the pants and encourage him to put his own feet in while you make funny sound effects (Captain Dad likes the theme from jaws).
  7. Tell her that “big girls” wear pants.
  8. Tell him the pants endow the wearer with “special superpowers”; pretend child has said superpowers when he is wearing the pants.
  9. Have her “slide” into the pants.
  10. Let him try to do it on his “own”; ignore the fact the pants are on backwards and just celebrate that he’s wearing pants at all.
  11. Hold her down and wrestle her into them.
  12. Let him go pants-free, snap him into pj’s, or put on a long t-shirt (this probably works better with girls because you can always just put on a dress).
  13. Give-up and run errands another day.

Original Photo by Libero, used under Creative Commons License.

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  1. Lilibeth says:

    Now that brought back some memories.

  2. SandyCarlson says:

    I can relate to doing errands another day! Some of mine waited until kindergarten started!

  3. Chelle Y. says:

    I think I have actually tried some of those tactics! :)

  4. gLaDieZz says:

    Hahahahahaha! There are actually ways to trick them to put on their pants! Some are fun too..

  5. Hootin' Anni says:

    Excellent…brought smiles to my face this morning.

    Welcome to T 13

    Mine’s shared…C U THERE!!

  6. baby~amore' says:

    LOL I need this list right now – well in 8 hrs

    MY Little Drummer boys – what’s in a box

  7. Funny list. Oh how I don’t miss those days of trying to wrangle a toddler. Now I just say “Put your pants on” and it is done.