Need to update your kids’ winter closet? We’ve compiled a checklist and a guide to help you buy clothes and accessories this winter.
Babies, as well as toddlers and older kids, should be dressed in layers according to the three layer principle.
1. The Base Layer – Closest to the body Wool is magical! It keeps you baby warm, dry and comfy. So, wool should go closest to the body.
2. The Mid Layer – The second layer Adjust the mid layer according to the weather – how cold is it outside? Perhaps the mid layer isn’t necessary. If it’s cold outside, a vest, pants or a shirt in fleece or wool would work well.
3. The Outer Layer For babies, this is their footmuff or their coveralls. Coveralls along with a footmuff will be too hot. Footmuffs are better for new-borns, while coveralls may be better for babies who are big enough to move around on their own. Alternatively, you can use a two-piece set consisting of a jacket and thermal bottoms depending on whether you have a kindergartener or a schoolchild.
Six Helpful Tips for Parents during Winter Time
1. Involving your children when making purchases maximizes your chance of minimal arguments, rather than arguing about outfit choices 5 minutes before you need to head out.
2. Don’t overdress your child to the point that they can’t move freely.
3. It’s easier to put on the gloves first, before putting on the rest of the clothes.
4. Buy coveralls that fit your child this winter. If you buy coveralls that are too big, they could limit your child’s mobility. It’s uncomfortable for the child and they might not want to wear them. The coveralls would also be dragging on the ground, which wears them out unnecessarily.
5. What your weather app says and what the actual weather is like can be very different. The outside weather could feel much colder than you think, and a windy winter day is much colder than a day without wind.
6. You can feel your baby’s neck to find out if you’ve overdressed them, underdressed them or dressed them just right. If you have older children, simply ask them how they felt when they were outside during the day to find out what need to be adjusted.
Coveralls, coats, jackets and thermo pants
Outerwear protects against weather, dirt, keeps your child warm and lets out excess body heat.
When buying outerwear, you should look for these smart functions:
-A detachable hood that provides safety should your child get stuck
–Reflectors for visibility
-An adjustable waist for a perfect fit
–Elastic sleeves that enclose the garment and make it easy for you to fit gloves or boots
–Detachable elastic bands for shoes
-High Water gauge*
–Snow stoppers or snow locks to prevent snow from getting inside
-Water and dirt resistant finishes such as Bionic Finish Eco
The water gauge is written in millimeters, and you want it to be high. 5000 mm is very good and 10 000 mm is extremely good. For a garment to be completely waterproof, make sure that it also has taped seams.
Outerwear need to be able to let out the heat transported from the body through the base layer and mid layer. A garment’s breathability is written in this form: g/m2/24h. Garments that have 800-3000 g/m2/24h are decent, while garments with over 3000 g/m2/24h perform the best.
When you’ve spent hours on researching the best coveralls or the best two-piece combo, you need to spend some time looking for good hats, gloves and winter shoes.
Babies in strollers do well with thinner wool hats while bigger, more active babies need warm and wind proof hats.
Kids need two different types of hats. A thinner one, preferably in wool, to wear underneath their helmets for when they go sledding or ice skating. They also need a warm and wind proof hat for colder days and harsh weather. This hat can be combined with a tube scarf/neck warmer, or a balaclava – a combination of a neck warmer and a hat.
Gloves and Mittens
A baby’s tiny hands are warm and comfy in a footmuff or in their coveralls. If you want, you can add baby mittens in wool, but usually this isn’t necessary as baby-coveralls come with them.
Toddlers wear mittens with a separate thumb, while older kids wear gloves. For playing in the snow, they need warm, water resistant gloves with rubber details that make it easier for them to grip things.
Buy mittens and gloves that are easy to put on and buy a whole bunch as kids tend to lose them.
Winter shoes deserve a guide of their own. Check back with us next week to read “Buying Winter Boots for Babies and Kids”.
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