It’s getting to be that time of year where it is COLD outside. Your children may be wanting to get outside to play in that wonderful white stuff…SNOW!! We, as parents, want to make sure they are properly bundled while playing outside in the cold weather. Here are 6 tricks to dress your children for winter weather to keep them happy and warm.
- Dress in layers. Layers are better suited with multiple thin layers rather than a few thick layers. Start with a base layer such as a sweat wicking t-shirt or long underwear. The benefit of a sweat wicking base is that it will wick away sweat if they get hot. Then your child is not walking around with a wet, sweat-soaked base layer. Depending on how cold it is in your area you may want to add another long sleeve shirt on top of your base layer before adding a thin zip up jacket and following that up with your winter weather jacket. Don’t forget to layer their legs too with long underwear or insulated pants. And finally, you’ll want to finish off with warm socks, waterproof gloves and a cozy hat!
- Pack a dry bag. It’s always a good idea to pack an extra sweater, hat, a pair of gloves and socks. Kids will be kids and they’re gonna get wet in the snow. They’ll thank you when you pull out a dry pair of socks for them to put on their wet feet!
- Use hand warmers. These can be a great treat when your children are really cold. Whip these bad boys out and the fun continues for your kiddos.
- Keep moisturized. Winter weather can wreck havoc on the skin and children lose moisture twice as fast as adults do. Lather those babies up with lotion after bath time and keep lotion and chapstick on hand for playtime outside.
- Have a stash of games and activities that are reserved for days it’s too cold/wet to go outside. Children get bored playing with the same toys. Hold back a few toys and games and surprise them when they can’t go outside to play. It’ll give them something to look forward to on those cold rainy days.
- Know when to go inside. Playing outside is great for your kiddos, but even the best layered kids have an expiration on playing in the cold. This website is a great guideline for safe playing for children in both extreme high and low temperatures.