How To Keep Children Warm This Autumn


As the weather is getting colder, we have put together a handy guide on how to keep children warm this autumn.

With the chilly months approaching, it’s so important to keep children warm when they’re out and about. Read on for our top tips.

Children playing in autumn leaves wearing MP blizzard Jacket

1) Thermal base layers

Toasty thermals are the perfect layer to start any outfit with. You can think of them 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 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 and stretchy.

Our thermals 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 the sleeves pulled down, so your children can enjoy their outdoor adventures staying warm and cosy.

children wearing Muddy Puddles thermal base layers

2) Mid Layers

Choose your children’s mid-layers wisely as you don’t want them 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.

3) Waterproof jackets and trousers

To keep children warm, choose a jacket appropriate for the weather. It is worth investing in a good children’s 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 waterproof jacket is fine for milder days, 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. Waterproof trousers will also keep the cold wind outside, and if they’re lined, provide an additional layer of toastiness.

Ecosplash jacket and trousers

4) Accessories

It is very important to keep little heads and hands covered. Ears can get cold very quickly, so hats or balaclavas are a must as well as scarves or neck warmers which can keep the cold wind at bay.

Little hands can feel the cold quickly, so toasty gloves are super 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. Mittens are great for smaller children, but they do limit movement slightly, so some older children might find them uncomfortable.

boy wearing Muddy puddles woolen hats

5) Protective wellies and snow boots

Getting chilly feet can bring on a cold so remember to keep your children’s feet warm and dry. First, make sure they’re wearing warm winter socks. Woolly socks are great to keep little feet dry as they can absorb a high amount of moisture (much more than cotton). Choose ones that are long and elasticated to make sure they don’t let the cold wind sneak in through the cuffs of your children’s trousers.

Puddlestomper wellies in water and pebbles

Add waterproof footwear such as children’s wellies or snow boots to keep little feet warm and dry. Depending on how cold it is, you can sometimes get away with unlined wellies (with thick socks of course) or fleece lined wellies, but snow always calls for snow boots as they are designed to protect little feet from freezing temperatures in the cold and wet winter weather.

Puddlestomper wellies in water and pebbles