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Toddler Clothes And Color: Can You Have Too Much?

By Jamie Peters, Natalie Warne

There have been many ideas put forward regarding the role of color in the lives of babies and toddlers. In the past, psychologists have offered assumptions about the significance of color and the possible effects of color on your child’s emotional state and development. It has been asserted by some researchers that the choice of color in toddler clothing and in their artwork may represent a child’s underlying emotional state. For example, the the color green may be associated with quietness and withdrawal;the color red with anger, aggression, and excitation; while black and other dark colors has been linked to anxiety or depression.

Other psychologists suggest that intense, bright and varied color in toddler clothing may work to overstimulate a young child’s nervous system. Indeed, one school of thought is that only mild, pastel colors should be used for newborns and toddler clothing. Suggesting that intense color may be harmful in some way to a child’s developing nervous system.

But children like color! Conclusions from reviews of studies show that while color is an important dimension in toddlers lives, (ie: they like it)! choice of color in toddler clothing or art does not appear to be associated with any particular pattern of emotional responses or developmental outcomes. So despite all the talk and assumptions, there is no consistent accumulation of evidence from studies of children and color that really supports any of the approaches outlined above.

Help your toddler to match colors and dress themselves. So the best advice seems to be to trust to your own ideas and feelings when it comes to choosing the color of your toddler clothes. To help you decide about color in toddler clothing, why not try experimenting with allowing your child to choose the color clothing that they like?

You could start by explaining the importance of colors and patterns in your toddler clothes. Talk about how similar colors may go together and allow your child to choose tops and bottoms in colors that are the same or complement each other.

Promote their independence and self confidence. Engaging your toddler in this process can have several advantages. It can help your toddler to develop a sense of color matching (what goes with what) and assist your toddler to become more independent. In this way they can get a head start on learning how to successfully dress him or herself – a real step forward and something that makes it easier for everyone at busy times getting ready for the day or before going out. Your child’s sense of confidence about their personal choices can also be helped by this process.

Of course, as your toddler has fun experimenting with clothes and color matching, you might need to be prepared for several clothes changes a day ! This learning experience can then be reflected in the beginning of using color in artistic expression and other tasks involving color recognition. Overall, have lots of fun helping your child to look and feel great in colorful toddler clothes that they have helped to choose.

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Warne, Jamie P. N. "Toddler Clothes And Color: Can You Have Too Much?." Toddler Clothes And Color: Can You Have Too Much?. 23 Jun. 2010. 4 Dec 2014 <>.

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