It is always hard to know for sure if your kids are not too cold, not too hot, but just right—which is especially important during cold weather. Younger children are more exposed to cold because their small bodies quickly lose heat and they can’t tell if they are actually getting cold. So these cold-weather dressing rules are helpful for all the parents.
7 Cold-Weather Dressing Rules
One mother moved from New Zealand to Finland and there she experienced real temperature shock! The most common question she gets is how she deals with the Finnish winter. And she answers – perfectly. Ice cold days? – The true winter fairy tale! The long, dark nights? – What a holiday! Loads of snow? – Pure magic! Dress the child?- Now, that’s hell.
She was in a panic when the temperature went down to zero degrees two months ago. She had no idea how to dress up her son. But then she learned more about it, and today even if it is minus 19 degrees Celsius, they are not bothered! What is the secret? The answer is so obvious – dressing up in layers.
1. Dressing up in layers
It is important to have more pieces of clothes that are universal, otherwise dressing up the child turns into an attempt to dress up an octopus, with all screams and tears.
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics offers this cold-weather dressing rule: Put your kids in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. This is especially helpful because pockets of air between clothing layers actually help trap heat. Dressing up in layers also allows removing a sweater or jacket if it is too hot.
But try not to layer your child with too much outwear. It can cause your child to sweat and therefore their temperature will quickly go down.
There are three basic layers and materials you should know. It isn’t difficult at all and here is what you need to know:
- First layers
It is the base layer of clothes that is next to your child’s skin.
This layer wicks moisture and it is best to look for wool or synthetic fabric.
- Middle layers
This one goes over the first layer and it insulates. You should look for materials such as wool, fleece or down.
It is important to be close to the body but not to restrain movement.
- Outer layer
The outermost layer protects your child from wind, rain, and snow. It must allow easy movement for your child and you should look for breathable waterproof materials such as Gore-Tex.
2. Avoid the cotton
Cotton isn’t recommended for cold-weather dressing. Cotton pants and jeans absorb rain and snow, but they also absorb sweat. So, in cold, dry conditions, it’s best to avoid cotton altogether.
3. Put on clothes that fit
Jackets and shoes that are too tight contribute to cold limbs because they limit circulation.
4. Give some extra TLC to face, fingers and toes
The most prone to cold exposure and frostbite, are your child’s head, ears, face, hands, and feet. The key to keeping everyone truly warm on cold days is to wear a hat, a scarf, non-cotton socks, waterproof gloves, waterproof boots. For extra protection you can use facemasks and earmuffs.
5. Take extra clothes
It’s always good to have extra clothes on hand but in winter it is essential. Pack some extra gloves, shirt, pants, and socks.
6. Know when to head inside
Frostnip is a red and tingly skin that appears when the skin has been exposed to snow or cold air. If you notice it anywhere on your child or if its teeth start to chatter it is time to head inside. Don’t ignore any signs of frostnip because it can lead to frostbite.
Children with frostbite or frostnip should be brought into a warm environment, put into warm and dry clothing, or wrapped in a blanket.
Avoid massaging or rubbing the injured skin because it’s better to warm slowly.
7. Car seats and snowsuits
You need to be careful about relates to the tricky combination of snowsuits and car seats.
Some organizations recommend babies and little children to be in the car seat and covered with a blanket. This is because snow suits are overly large and the car seat buckles can’t be tight enough.
If you put your child in snowsuit into car seat it is important to make sure buckles and straps are snug with each use.