How to Keep Kids Warm This Fall and Winter Season
When you send your children off to school or out to play in the snow, you want to know that they’re going to be warm and dry. Their health depends on it, and skin exposed to bitter cold wind can actually suffer windburn. If they’re more comfortable while outside they’ll be able to play in the snow longer and will get to school comfortably.
Dressing your child in layers is the best choice for keeping him or her warm. This will also let them stay comfortable during the school day, as they can remove a layer if the classroom is too warm. You might start with a simple t-shirt under their regular shirt, and then add a sweater or sweatshirt over that. They can remove the sweater or sweatshirt once they’re inside if they get overheated.
A good coat is a must for children, and usually one that’s waterproof will keep them warmer than a cloth coat. Look for a down lining for added insulation. Waterproof is also good if you live in an area that gets lots of snow, as falling snow will result in dampness on a wool coat.
If your child is walking back and forth to school or needs to wait a long time for the bus, they need to keep their legs protected. Ski or snow pants are the best choice for this especially in deep snow when they may get cold and wet otherwise.
To protect their skin from cold and wind, you want to cover all the exposed areas. This means their hands as well as their face. Younger children who are more prone to play in the snow need waterproof mittens to keep their fingers warm and dry, but older children may want woolen or knit gloves as they’re more stylish. If they’re old enough, let them decide the best gloves or mittens for them.
A warm scarf will keep their neck warm and will also protect their face from the biting wind. Choose one that is wide enough so that they can pull it up over their chin and mouth when outside. Avoid knit scarves as the weave will let cold air in between the loops.
Covering their head is also vital during the winter as the majority of a body’s heat is lost through the head. If their jacket doesn’t have a hood, you want to get a knit cap they can wear and easily take with them to school and back.
Keep these tips in mind as the season approaches and stock up on the items you need to keep your child toasty and warm. Take them shopping with you if they’re old enough so they can pick out what appeals to them. This will ensure they actually wear the items you choose and ensure they stay as healthy as possible throughout the winter.