Winters are a harsh season for kids and their parents!
While the parents are continuously worried about their kids catching a cold while playing outdoors, the kids feel restricted and bound in thick winter clothing. Layers on layers of clothing to keep them warm, double socks, thick winter boots, and caps with thick woollen underlining – clothing in winters might be a very difficult time; especially for toddlers and infants, who can’t even talk properly to convey things and feelings.
Hence, we are sharing some really helpful tips for dressing your kids in winters that you can follow to make winter clothing less of a burden and more of a comfort.
So, here we go!
1. Choose age-relevant clothes
Instead of gushing over beautiful clothing and preferring larger sizes for longer use, we recommend keeping your winter clothes age-relevant. While fur keeps you warm and snug, infants and toddlers can take them inside their mouths and ingest them. The fur can also stick in various body parts, such as nose, throat and eyes etc, and cause discomfort. So, dress your kids in fur only after they have reached a proper age of 3 or 4 years.
Similarly, buying clothes in a bigger size can cause kids discomfort. If you want to economize online shopping for kids, we recommend opting for clothes that come with adjusters, such as pants with adjustors around the waist, shirts with extra buttons, jackets etc with an elastic band around the waist, etc. This way, you can make your kids wear larger sized clothes, without causing them discomfort.
2. Thick uppers or more layers
When it comes to choosing between thick upper clothing or letting your kids wear more layers of clothing, the decision becomes difficult. However, there are a few things that can help you make the decision. If you are dressing your kids for outdoor activity, such as snow activities, a stroll to a park or a visit to the shopping mall, we recommend dressing them in thick upper clothing that is waterproof or comes with underlining that doesn’t let the spills get to the clothes inside.
This way, your kids will be warm all the time, there will be no concerns about any accidental splashes, spills and falling-down sessions, that are extremely common in kids. Another major advantage is that you can remove the upper clothing once you are home and throw it in the wash without having to wash the clothes underneath, as they are pretty clean.
Now, if you are dressing your kids for some gatherings, events, or school days etc, you can opt for more layers. However, in order to keep the comfort level maximum, opt for thin clothing in pure wool, such as Angora, etc. Angora wool is very warm and forms a thin layer that hugs the body and keeps it warm.
3. Mufflers, Ear muffs or long caps
Until the kids reach a certain age, they cannot wear the mufflers correctly. Same is the case with the earmuffs. Kids of smaller age might not be able to wear them properly. So, we recommend opting for thick woollen caps with woollen like underlining that covers the ears and also has attached muffler-like covering for the neck. These caps are worn as a single unit and don’t cause any discomfort to your kids. You can also let your kids wear their favourite caps over sweatshirt hoods if the weather allows.
4. Don’t forget the base layers
While most of the parents opt for a woollen base layer, many kids are allergic to the thick woollen fabric. So, you can invest in some figure-hugging inner base layers that are of high-quality fabric and keep your kids warm. If your kid’s skin is very sensitive, you can also opt for a half sleeve cotton vest and then layer it with the base clothing.
Is there any ideal sequence to follow?
Yes, there is a sequence that you can follow while dressing-up your kids in winters, that is as follows:
- Baselayer (full-sleeves)
- Thin woollen t-shirt or top (full-sleeves)
- Light woollen sweater (full-sleeves)
- Coat, sweater, jacket, sweatshirt or any other cardigan of your choice (full-sleeves)
- Windcheaters or thick waterproof overalls for outdoor sports or snow games etc.
- Socks with underlining (layering socks is advised for outings in snow)
- Thick winter boots
- Caps with or without underlining as you wish
- Gloves (optional; as the weather calls)
So, this is how you make your kids winter-ready every day!
Don’t put everything in the wash every day. You can change the base layer and top layer daily and keep the 2nd and 3rd layer of clothing for 2 or 3 days, as required. Socks must be changed daily. Caps can be washed after 3 or 4 days, as per the situation and you must have 2 to 3 pairs of shoes. So, if one pair gets muddy, you can leave it for drying in sun and then brush the debris off. You can wash them as and when required.
We hope this write-up proves helpful for all our readers!