Winter is a wonderful season for children. They can do a great lot of activities, from playing inside the house and getting cozy with a cup of tea, to building snowmen and having snowball fights in the sharp cold weather.
While it might be a lot of fun for them, it sometimes gets a bit challenging for parents. They want to protect their children from every potentially harmful thing, and cold weather is one of them.
One of the simplest and most efficient ways to do so is layering kids’ clothes while making sure that their body temperature is appropriate.
What is layering?
The concept of layering kids’ clothes consists of adding multiple layers of different materials. These are meant to maintain the body heat and to give the children the freedom of removing clothes when they feel too warm.
Why should I layer my child’s clothes?
This way of dressing your children has proved to bring many perks. By using the correct materials and clothes, you can “trap” the body heat and make sure that the apparel pieces will not absorb the body humidity and therefore, become wet.
The best method for layering kids’ clothes
Everyone loves sandwiches! But who would have imagined dressing a child like you would make a sandwich? Yes, you heard that right.
The best and easiest of layering is creating this “sandwich” structure. Formed out of three layers, you can mix and match the clothing pieces according to the weather.
The base layer
This consists of the very first pieces of kids’ clothes that you put on your child. Alongside underwear, the first base should be made of thin clothing which keeps the little one rather snuggled. A T-shirt or a thin bodysuit will do the job perfectly, together with leggings. These clothes do not restrict movement, either.
It is recommended that you do not use a cotton base layer, as this material is better suited for warmer weather conditions. Cotton absorbs the humidity and might get soggy, which could expose your child to unwanted flu. Therefore, the base layer is one of the most important ones when dressing your child.
The middle layer
When speaking of the middle layer, on the other hand, there is more room to improvise. The main idea to be followed is that your child needs a thick middle layer, to keep the body heat in contact with the first layer of clothing, which we already discussed. Keep in mind: the puffier, the warmer!
Some examples of kids’ clothes well-suited for the middle layer are puffy or fleece jackets, and for the pants, the fleece pants will do just fine.
The outer layer
This layer, also considered by many parents “the most important” one, includes preferably windproof and waterproof jumpsuits. This is beneficial because the outer layer is meant to protect the other two layers from weather conditions such as rain and snow.
It is essential that the outer layer is also assembled from flexible kids’ clothes, which do not restrict the body movement of the child.
Some fit pieces of clothing for the outer layer are waterproof jackets, pants or bodysuits, fleece clothing, or wool clothing.
Now that you know about the “sandwich-style” layering, you can feel at ease knowing that your little one will have the best time outside and will not feel cold!