How to keep children warmNovember 16, 2017 • Outdoor Ideas
As the weather is getting colder, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to keep children warm
With the chilly months approaching it’s so important to keep children warm and allow them to enjoy their favourite outdoor activities without the risk of getting cold. Read on for our top tips!
Start with thermal base layers
Thermals are the perfect layer to start any outfit with for the cold weather. You can think of base layers as a foundation to keep children warm. Start with these and build up your child’s outfit with layers. If your child gets too warm you can always remove some of the extra layers. Layers don’t necessarily need to be thick. A few thinner layers can also work, as they can trap the air between each layer and insulate your little one against the cold.
Base layers will be worn against your child’s skin, so they must be thin, super soft for their comfort and stretchy, so they can move freely.
Our base layers are incredibly soft and breathable with seams that don’t scratch or irritate the skin. Plus, they wick moisture away from the skin so they’re warm but never sticky. We’ve added thumb holes on their cuffs to keep little sleeves pulled down, so your muddy pups can enjoy their outdoor adventures staying warm and cosy.
With a good set of base layers, you may find it easier to keep children warm. They are a great investment as your child may need fewer mid-layer clothes to stay warm. However, choose your mid-layers wisely as you don’t want your child to overheat or be too cold. It’s always better to have more layers on as you can always adjust the clothes on top so that they are appropriate for the weather conditions!
Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered.
Jackets & Trousers
To keep children warm, choose a jacket appropriate for the weather. It is worth investing in a waterproof jacket as getting wet and cold can ruin the fun with any outdoor activity. Waterproof clothing means your child will be kept warm as rain or snow can’t get in!
A fleece lined lighter waterproof jacket is fine for milder days, especially with lots of activities but colder times call for an insulated winter coat.
Don’t forget about waterproof trousers, especially when it’s rainy or there’s snow so the layers below stay dry. Outer trousers will also keep the cold wind outside, and if they’re lined, provide an additional layer of toastiness for insulation.
Hats, Gloves and Scarves
It is very important to keep little heads, ears necks and hands covered to keep your children warm. Ears can get cold very quickly, so hats are a must as well as scarves or neckwarmers which can keep the cold wind at bay.
Little hands can feel the cold quick too so gloves are also important. Make sure you choose waterproof gloves if the weather is wet or there’s snow. These are also perfect for forest school and outdoor adventures.
Mitts are great for smaller children, but they do limit movement slightly, so some older children might find them uncomfortable.
Wellies & Snowboots
Getting chilly feet can bring on a cold so bundle up and keep your children’s feet warm and dry. First, make sure they’re wearing warm winter socks. Woolly socks are great in keeping little feet dry as they can absorb a high amount of moisture (much more than cotton) without them feeling moist. Choose ones that are long and elasticated to make sure they don’t let the cold wind sneak in through the cuffs of little trousers.
Add waterproof footwear such as children’s wellies or snowboots, these will help keep little feet warm and dry. Depending on how cold it is, you can sometimes get away with unlined wellies (with thick sock of course) or fleece lined wellies but snow always calls for snowboots, they’re designed to protect little feet from freezing temperatures in the cold and wet winter weather.