Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 5 Tips for Keeping Kids Warm this Winter
Winter can be a magical time of year, as we celebrate holidays, spend time with family and loved ones, or just enjoy the outdoors after a beautiful snowstorm. But, those with kids may wonder what we can do to help keep our little ones warm during those cold months. Here are five tips to consider when preparing for winter with kids.
1. Location, Location, Location
First of all, consider where you live or where you may be traveling during those winter months. Not everyone lives in areas where they’ll have snow or freezing temperatures, so keeping kids warm will vary depending on your location. Certain locations may also have wind or humidity, which will also be a factor in how cold it feels outside.
2. Layers and Layers
The best way to keep kids warm is to layer clothing. From their sweet little heads to their cute little toes, layers are essential. Let’s go through the different layers of clothing to consider when dressing for cold weather.
- Base Layer: Start with a snug-fitting long sleeved undershirt and pants. Thermal underwear is an excellent option for this, as it helps trap heat and retain warmth. If kids are more active and sweat, look for wicking fabrics. Wicking fabrics pull the sweat away from the body and dry quickly.
- Pants and Shirts: Blue jeans are a staple in most people’s wardrobes, but when going out during winter months, try to avoid blue jeans and other heavy cotton clothing. These types of clothing stay wet or damp longer, which not only makes them uncomfortable, but this can actually cause a person to lose body heat, leading to hypothermia. Try opting for flannel or fleece material. Loggers and ranch hands don’t just wear flannel shirts for looks. Flannel (and fleece) are actually great insulators without adding a lot of bulk.
- Tights: Did you know that tights aren’t just for girls to wear under dresses? Girls AND boys can wear tights underneath clothing to help keep them warm. Tights are lightweight, dry quickly, and offer great insulation.
- Socks and Boots: Keeping your child’s cute “Little Piggies” warm is an important part of dressing for cold weather. People often say that if their feet are cold, their whole body is cold. Having a pair or two of good socks and waterproof boots will help keep a child’s feet warm. Remember that kids may need a little more room in their boots for the extra layers.
- Mittens: Having cold hands can be miserable, so be sure to have a good pair of mittens to keep those little hands warm and those little kids happy.
- Hats and Scarves: Having a beanie or knit hat can really help in keeping a child warm. Make sure to have a hat that covers your child’s ears and sides of their face. Having a scarf or neck cover can help fill in the gap between a hat and coat. Scarves should not be used on young babies or wrapped too tightly, as they may may it difficult to breathe.
- Last Layer: Finally, we come to the last layer—the overcoat. Look for coats that are lightweight, but offer a lot of warmth. A coat with a hood is a good idea.
3. Are We There Yet?
The type of outing you have planned is an important factor when deciding how many layers of clothes are necessary for your child. Driving around looking at holiday lights requires fewer layers than going outside to build a snowman.
If you have a child in a car seat, never put them in a thick coat while riding in the car. Instead, opt for light, snug layers. Then, after they are safely secured in their car seat, snuggle them with a warm blanket. If you have an infant, you can protect them from wind and snow by using a car seat cover or lightweight blanket draped over the car seat as you transport the baby to and from the car. Always make sure to uncover the baby as soon as you make it to the car or indoors, so they can have fresh air.
4. Wear That Baby
Parents can use wraps or carriers to help provide extra warmth for babies. Wearing babies is a great way to help regulate their body temperatures. Keeping them close to your warm body provides much needed warmth. Just be sure not to overdress your baby if you choose to wear them. Choose an outfit for your baby boy that allows your body heat in but also protects them from the cold air. A blanket is a great way to help trap in the heat.
5. Home Sweet Home
While at home during the winter months, having comfy blankets is a great way to help keep warm as you sleep or cuddle up to watch a good movie. But, as most people know, loose blankets are not considered safe for infants to sleep with. If you have an infant, a swaddle blanket or sleep sack is a great way to keep them warm as they rest their sweet heads. As parents and caregivers, we love our little ones and would do anything to protect them and keep them happy and warm this holiday season. Using these tips as a guide can help you achieve that goal.