Kids are more susceptible to the cold for one simple reason: they have smaller bodies that lose heat quickly. Kids are also less likely to notice they’re getting cold, which leaves the job of keeping them warm to the parents.
There is an art to dressing small children and babies in winter. Blank Clothing’s winter dressing tips will make sure they’re not too cold, not too hot, but just right. Whether you’re going to the park, a ride in the stroller (take a blanket!) or the shop – follow these winter dressing tips fo children.
1. Layering is the Go
There is a rule of thumb that stipulates dressing your little one in one more laying of clothing than you would wear in the same conditions. Why? Pockets of air between the layers of clothing work to trap heat. Layering also allows your kids to remove their sweater or jacket for when, say, you’re on the move, instead of having to choose between getting too hot or cold.
2. But Don’t Use Too Many Layers…
Stick to the above rule. Over-layering your child can actually make them colder. This is because excess layers can make your child sweat, making their clothes wet, allowing the wind and cold to bring their temperature down.
3. Understanding Layering
There are three simple layers to know, as well as which materials are right for each. Although it might seem overwhelming if you’re not an alpine climber, it’s really not that difficult. Here the need-to-know basics:
Base layers: The layer next to your child’s skin
What’s it do?: Wicks moisture
Best materials: synthetic or wool fabrics, including polyester
Proper fit: Snug
Middle layer: On top of the base layer
What’s it do?: Insulates
Best Materials: Wool, fleece or down
Proper fit: Close to the body without restricting movement
What’s it do?: Protects your child from snow, rain and wind
Best materials: A waterproof shell, jacket or hoodie; outerwear that’s breathable (including those made from Gore-Tex) is vital for your child to be physically active
Proper fit: Plenty of room for layers and allowing easy movement
4. Nix the Cotton
You’re aware that cotton pants and jeans absorb rain, but even in dry and cold conditions, cotton absorbs sweat. Cold weather + wet cotton = incredibly cold kids. If it’s chilly outside, it’s best to avoid wearing cotton altogether.
With so many ultra-cute fleece and sporty options to choose from nowadays, ditching the cotton shouldn’t be too difficult.
5. Toes, Fingers and Faces Need Care
Your child’s ears, hands, face, head and feet are most prone to cold exposure. Children’s skin is especially susceptible to the cold, so watch out for extremities. Heavy, non-cotton socks, waterproof gloves, waterproof boots, a hat and scarf are key to ensuring your kids are warm on chilly days.
6. Ensure Clothes Fit
It might seem tempting to try to fit your little ones into last year’s clothing, but pinching pennies shouldn’t have to risk your child’s comfort! Shoes and jackets that are too tight can restrict circulation, making the limbs cold. It’s best to ensure your kid’s clothes fit properly to avoid illness/discomfort.
Dressing your kids in winter doesn’t have to be too difficult. By following the above-listed tips you should be able to get through winter keeping your little one warm, comfy and happy.