Health & Lifestyle

September 14, 2018 at 11:22 pm

The Art of Dressing Young Kids for Winter

Mother and children in ski clothesYounger kids are inherently more vulnerable to cold because their bodies are smaller, and thus lose heat more quickly. They’re likewise less likely to realize that they’re cold, so it’s up to you parents to keep your kid warm snug during the cold season, especially if they’re playing in the snow, skiing, sledding, etc. Below are basic dressing tips for the winter to ensure that your kids are not too cold, nor too hot while enjoying the winter wonderland.

Master Winter Layering

Generally, you should know about three basic clothing layers and ideal materials for each layer. Although this might seem daunting, it’s not. These three layers are:

  • The Base Layer – This is the first layer that’s in actual contact with your kid’s body, and its main purpose is to wick moisture away from the body. This should fit snug and preferably in materials such as wool or other synthetic fabrics like plain old polyester.
  • The Middle Layer – This goes on top of the base layer and serves to insulate your kid. This should also be snug, but not too tight that it restrains movement. Best materials include fleece, down, or wool.
  • The Outer Layer – This layer safeguards your kid from wind, snow, and rain. This includes a waterproof shell or jacket that’s breathable, like those from the Obermeyer kids line. The fit should allow for easy movement and must be big enough to accommodate all the other layers underneath.

Avoid Cotton Like The Plague

This is very crucial because cotton clothing easily absorbs snow and rain, but even in dry and cold weather, it would still easily absorb sweat. Put simply, snow plus wet cotton equals freezing kids.

Extra Protection for The Face, Hands, and Feet

The face, head, ears, feet, hands of your kid are most susceptible to frostbite, which could burn your kid’s skin, permanently damage it, and cause numbness. To avoid frostbite, let your kid wear a thick hat or beanie, waterproof gloves, a thick scarf, waterproof boots, and thick, non-cotton socks. For bitingly cold weather, add a facemask and earmuffs to the mix.

See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Keep these tips in mind to keep your kids toasty, warm, comfortable and frostbite-free this winter. Also, keep in mind that kids grow fairly fast, so it’s best to look for winter clothing with extended sizing features to get the most out of your money.