How about that? Clara-Bear can "pinch and pull" her zippers, but it's hard for her to do that while holding fabric. She needs to get better control of the two-handed aspect of opening and closing zippers. Now she has an easy way to open a zipper. Those are my sausage fingers in the pictures, both my kids' can fit their entire hands into the carabiner and use it like a zipper handle.
Of course, I want her to learn how to properly pull a zipper. But would I want her to struggle with her lunch box or backpack at school in front of other kids while she works on mastering this skill? No! Let her do it the hard way at home, and feel confident and independent at school with a simple accommodation.
The carabiner clip does not move around in the zipper's little hole. That stiffness makes this idea work, but it also looks a little odd. I don't know if I would do this with her jacket zipper. I have time to decide if I want to use this on her jacket at home or look for an actual zipper pull.
I've always been cautious about letting Clara-Bear pull her zippers. She still will not cover herself with a blanket at night, so we we have to use footie blanket sleepers on her. My Typically Developing son pinched his belly a couple of times pulling his pajama zippers up and down. I'm afraid Clara-Bear will pull out her Mic-Key button. I'm going to work more on the zippers with non-clothing items at first, then decide how far to go with this whole, crazy, zipper thing. It's nice to have a way to help her out, though!
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