Struggling to manage dressing your kids for the changing weather?

Dressing your kids for the changing weather can be tough, one minute it’s chilly and raining and then the next it’s sunny and BBQ weather. How can you keep warm, but not overheat, throughout the day especially when you’re running around from one activity to the next? Hopefully, some of the following helpful tips will give you a better idea of what to do.

1. Layers, layers, layers

Layers are the way to go! Dressing in layers helps to keep body heat in, which keeps your kids warm enough in the chilly moments of the day. If you’re feeling too warm, just take off a layer and you’ll cool down. Starting with a cotton underlayer is a good idea, as this holds in heat better. Add an insulating layer, such as a fleece or a sweater to make sure they stay toasty. When you’re heading outside add a weather resistant layer, like a waterproof jacket that will block out the wind and rain. If you’re dressing a baby, start with a diaper and a onesie, then add clothes on top. If they’re going to be in a stroller a sleep sack makes for a great outer layer to keep them nice and warm!


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2. Add just one more layer

Children aren’t able to regulate their body temperature as well as adults, so they tend to get colder quicker. As a simple rule of thumb, dress babies in one more layer than you are wearing, but try not to go overboard and put on too many layers. This can lead to them overheating. A simple trick is to place your bare hand on their exposed skin, they should be warm to the touch, but not hot. Dressing your kids for the changing weather is never easy but these tips should help.

3. Skip the snowsuit or bulky jacket

If your child is in a car seat, remove their jacket. Them being cold for the two minutes it takes to put them in the seat/take them out isn’t going to affect them that much. That fluffy, bulky material in their jacket can cause a major risk to them if you leave it on. The straps are not as tight as they should be for the car seat, and if you were to be involved in a crash, the material would compress, leaving a lot more room for your baby to move around and a possibility of them being thrown forward. Instead of their jacket, try to use a blanket on top of the straps after they have been buckled in correctly.


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4. Don’t forget about those little fingers!

Hats, mittens, warm socks, are all important things to remember when you’re dressing your kid for the changing weather as they help to protect their extremities from frostbite. Try to find mittens rather than gloves for younger children, as they are warmer. If you’re going out with your children on an activity, remember to pack a change of clothes in the car, just in case they get wet. Wet clothes will make your child get cold quicker so having the extra clothes on hand in case the temperature suddenly drops, or your child gets wet is a good idea.

5. Check their comfort level

One important first sign that someone is cold is shivering. It is a sign that they are losing body heat and need to go inside and get out of the cold. Other signs include a lack of energy and goosebumps on their skin. Babies and toddlers are not as good at shivering as older children, so take note of if they become fussier. This may be a sign that they are too chilly or too warm.

 

Dressing your kids for the changing weather can be a struggle, but hopefully, with these tips, you can rest assured knowing your children will be warm and comfortable no matter what the weather throws at them.

 

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Aoife Sheridan. Senior editor and executive coordinator for Raise Vegan. Catch up with her on Instagram.