This is what happens when you try to dress a toddler: 

As soon as she's naked, she will casually-yet-strategically position herself behind some nearby obstruction – ideally a large toy that simultaneously creates a barrier to access yet also provides an opportunity for play. This may seem innocent. She may appear to be totally distracted and engrossed in play, but know that she is aware and ready for when the adult attempts to stealthily circumvent the object. That's when the chase begins...

The toddler will then run – as only a toddler can – in a random line and pattern around the room, where even though they're only an arm's length away from you, you cannot grab them. Eventually they will launch into their bed, disappear beneath the covers, laughing, rolling, kicking, and squealing with delight. The adult will pretend they're in on the game, and try to tickle/grab the toddler, but somehow is grossly incapable. The adult will sense that the toddler is mocking them.







Exasperated, the adult will regroup, remind themselves they should have a wealth of brain power and problem-solving skills that gives them an advantage over the toddler, and will try a new tactic. Faking disinterest in the "game" and the toddler all together, the adult will turn around, perhaps pick up a book or some other toy and begin an effort to tempt and coax the toddler out of bed. One must be very delicate in this endeavor. If the adult outwardly offers said object to the toddler, the conniving toddler brain will see right through the ruse. You have to pretend that the toddler is missing out on the fun, and, ideally, also convey that the toddler might not have an opportunity to access said object... The more unattainable it is, the better. 

The toddler will then try to charm you into sharing the toy. She is very good at this, so be careful. Play hard-to-get to ensure that you have the opportunity to get your objective fulfilled. Let her know you open to negotiation but not going to give in easily.



If you're lucky, she'll pull out all her best tricks and all her cutest faces. Don't let your guard down! 

Ha, got her! Now's a good time to get a few hugs and kisses. You do risk showing the toddler all your cards, and thus possibly having to start the whole process over again, but it's so worth it.