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Spending time outside with kids in winter can be challenging. Sledding, skiing and snowball fights will drive them mad for more – but you’ll need to be well prepped for their changes in temperature and mood. Start by covering them from head-to-toe in a comfortable winter outfit.
Put a stop to the chill and possible ear aches – and add a layer of snowball protection – by dressing your little one in a warm, comfy beanie.
Kids’ Headwear Tip
It can be hard to find your ski buddies on the slopes, so imagine trying to find your youngster amongst hundreds of others. Set your kid apart with a uniquely colourful beanie.
Help your kids ignore the weather by covering their skin with a thermal baselayer. It’s a critical piece of clothing which has a key job – to insulate and draw sweat away from your child’s body.
When you’re considering which type of baselayer to choose for your little person, ask yourself:
Kids aren’t going to accept itchiness – they’ll be moaning before getting out the door! Keep them happy, warm and dry with a baselayer that works.
Kids’ Baselayer Tip
Kids feel the cold more than adults. Think about adding an extra baselayer – if the sun comes out, simply remove a layer.
Children aren’t great at regulating temperature but they’ll let you know when they have cold fingers.
So, gloves or mittens?
Gloves will allow youngsters to use their fine motor skills, whereas mittens will potentially keep fingers warmer. Warm hands are a must on the mountain, so invest wisely.
Cold toes are right up there with cold fingers – they’re unwelcome. Choose the right kind of fabric when buying socks for your brood, so they can focus on their next run rather than their toe temperature.
The fundamental characteristic of a midlayer is to protect your kid from wind while retaining body heat. Look for one that will both insulate your young one and offer breathability to help sweat escape.
Kids’ Snow Clothing Tip
Avoid dressing kids in cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture and will make them wet – inevitably shortening your day on the mountain.
If you’ve covered every part of your kid’s skin except their neck, why not give them full coverage. A scarf or neck gaiter is an ideal additional accessory to help maximise your young one’s warmth.
Another vital part of your nipper’s snow attire is the outer layer. Dressing your kids in waterproof, breathable top layers is essential to keeping them dry – and protecting them when they inevitably create snow angels!
Think waterproof, warmth and grip. Slipping on icy snow is the last thing you want your youngster to do. A few other questions to ask when deciding on your kid’s boots:
Give your kid the confidence to stomp through the snow making footprints.
Kids’ Footwear Tip
Cold feet mean unhappy kids. Boots that are a fraction too tight or too big can cause cold feet – account for some wriggle room.
Kids love to look cool so they’ll want to roll with their favourite sunnies up the slopes. But for better protection and less likelihood of losing eyewear on the mountain, get them some snow goggles with a UPF rating.
If you’re taking your little person up the piste, a snow helmet is a necessity. Other items that are essential on the mountain include: