10 Tips for Dressing Your Children Warmly

When you live by the saying, “There’s no bad weather, just bad gear,” you always care about dressing for the weather. This is true not only for my children and me but also for my husband, whose work as a filmmaker takes him from the Arctic to the tropical jungles (sometimes in the same week).

I often hear parents say that children don’t need summer dresses for girls as well as their parents. I understand that they don’t want to invest in a piece that will quickly become too small, but our children must be dressed appropriately according to the seasons, if only for their comfort and ease of movement. It is by being well dressed that you can fully enjoy the outdoors.

 

Here are 10 tips to prepare your children to go outside to play:

  1. Thermal underwear, or what our parents called “combines”, are your best weapon against the cold. Favor merino wool, synthetic fibers, or a mixture of the two, but never, ever, cotton. We only have wool at home since we banned polypropylene. I keep pestering my husband to write a post about his Arctic travels and tell us how wonderful wool is.
  2. As a second layer, choose a polyester or wool fleece sweater and pants. Here, wool isn’t as essential anymore, but it’s definitely the warmest fiber (note that I’m not talking about cotton). The need for a second layer and its thickness depends on how cold it is.
  3. Then put on a waterproof and windproof snow jacket and pants.
  4. Don’t be fooled by the well-padded pants and coats. Their thickness is no guarantee of their warmth, especially if the fabric transmits moisture to the insulation – your children could turn into snowmen. Clothes that are too padded also hamper children’s movements; they will therefore be more likely to be bored and cold.
  5. Choose a toque that covers the ears. Wool. (What, repeating myself?)
  6. Mittens are warmer than gloves, and they’re easier to put on little hands. Make sure they are waterproof.
  7. Opt for waterproof boots, and make sure they’re big enough for children to wiggle their toes.
  8. I am convinced: every child should have a pair of woolen socks for playing outside, skating or skiing. (We wear ours every day from November through April.)
  9. Beware of guarantees that baby girl dresses are resistant to a certain temperature. Consider them as a guideline only since it’s the various layers of clothing that keep you warm.
  10. When it comes to outdoor clothing, quality comes at a price. We consider these expenses as an investment since we will be spending more time outdoors. Spending $200 on a quality coat and pants spread over 120 days of winter weather equals $1.60 a day, less than a coffee. And remember that a quality garment can be worn by a sibling, sold, or exchanged.

Durability

At the store, have your child try on the main zipper of the coat you want. If she slips badly at the store, she might slip badly in front of the locker at school for recess and for lunch and for the end of classes, lark!

The quality of a slide is a point that should not be overlooked if you do not want to test the limits of your child’s patience (and yours). Know that YKK zippers are a guarantee of durability in the garment industry.

 

Size and adjustments

How many times a day will your child take off and put on his coat? In the morning, at recess, at dinner, at recess, at the end of the day… so minimum 5 times a day? So, make sure he can do it easily and without help by choosing clothes that are easy to put on and adjust.

 

The coat should have:

Adjustable cuffs for easy donning of mittens. Ahem is closes by an elastic at the bottom of the coat to prevent cold air from entering the coat. A collar that closes close enough to the neck to eliminate drafts. Don’t fool by the well-padded pants and coats. Their thickness is no guarantee of their warmth, especially if the fabric transmits moisture to the insulation – your children could turn into snowmen. Clothes that are too padded also hamper children’s movements; they will therefore be more likely to be bored and cold. Snow pants, on the other hand, should have: Gaiters to cover the boots. Reinforcement pieces at the knees and at the bottom of the pants (to prevent premature wear).

 

Cleaning

If you want to preserve your kid’s summer clothes, follow the washing instructions on the labels.

Also, forget the cleaner and softener. The cleaner uses products that are often too abrasive for the fabrics of outdoor clothing and the softener will leave a small film which could affect the breathability of the coat.

Here is! You are ready to make informed choices to enjoy winter without shivering! Do you want to be inspired? Take a look at our beautiful children’s winter collection!

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