I shared this over at Women’s Adventure Magazine a little while ago and now that winter is here, at least for some states, I wanted to share it again.
Whether winter has arrived where you are or not, it’s a good time to evaluate your tykes winter clothing, and make sure they are appropriately clothed for winter activities. Don’t make them hibernate with the bears. With proper attire they can continue to play outside and have fun.
Clothing Tips for Winter fun:
1. NO cotton!
Cotton is a poor choice for cold weather activities due to its high thermal conductivity (rate of energy loss through a piece of material). Cotton allows the moisture to sit on your skin, in turn cooling you instead of keeping you warm.
Dress your tyke in clothing made of synthetic fibers (polyester blends, microfiber, coolmax, dri-fit) or merino wool. They have moisture wicking abilities that will keep the moisture off your tykes skin allowing them to stay comfortable and warm while playing in the cold weather. Merino wool is my number one choice as it allows the body to regulate it’s temperature. Dressing your tyke appropriately for cold weather activities will help prevent hypothermia.
2. Layer your tykes clothing.
- Base layer: This layer is going to be touching the skin. You want it to be soft, non-itchy, breathable and wick away moisture. Anything that allows moisture to rest on your tykes skin will leave them wet, cold and uncomfortable. Synthetic clothing (polyester blends, microfiber, coolmax, dri-fit) or merino wool is a good choice.
- Mid layer: This is the insulating layer that provides warmth. This layer can consist of wool, fleece, down or synthetics. Cotton is NOT recommended for this layer, either.
- Shell layer: This is the protective layer from wind, rain and snow. Ideally, you want it to be breathable, allowing perspiration to evaporate. You also want it to be wind and waterproof or at least, water resistant. This layer does not have to be big and bulky. Make sure it fits comfortably over your tykes other layers allowing for adequate moving and playing room. This protective layer can range from a thin rain coat to a soft shell or insulated protective jacket depending on the conditions.
With appropriate clothing your tykes will be able to play year-round in the outdoors. Make sure you evaluate their clothes soon so that they are ready to head outside when the first snow falls.