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5 Winter Dressing Tips for Children

5 Winter Dressing Tips for Children

When it comes to cold weather, children are more susceptible to lower temperatures than adults. They lose heat rapidly and are less likely to know they are getting cold than you are. This means the parents must step in to keep them warm and safe in the winter.

1. The fine art of winter layering: So, this really isn’t so much art but an excellent way to dress. Layers like thermals for boys will help trap heat. It will also allow them to remove a layer if they get too hot. Don’t use too many layers. Too much outerwear can make your kid overheat which causes sweating. This sweating draws in the cold and lowers their body temperature drastically. Always use a base layer of boy’s long johns as they’ll wick away moisture.

2. Learn it, live it, and be it: When it comes to layering, there’s really no need to have a zen approach to it. It does help, however, to learn which materials are best.  

‣ The Base Layer
These are your thermals for boys and fit snug against their skin. They retain heat, allow full mobility as they stretch with every movement, and, most importantly, wick away moisture. Materials that are best for boy’s long johns are synthetic fabrics like polyester or wool.
‣ The Middle Layer
This layer goes over the base layer. It is the one that insulates and adds additional warmth. Material best for this layer is usually wool, down, or fleece and should fit close to the body without restraining any movement.
‣ The Outer Layer
This is a protection layer from the wind, snow, and rain. Look for waterproof and windproof jackets that are made of a breathable fabric. Make sure it allows for easy mobility and plenty of room for the layers underneath.

3. Say no to cotton: While it's comfortable when dry, it has a nasty habit of absorbing any moisture it comes in contact with. This includes sweat. It also will make for a very cold kid.

4. Head, face, toes, and fingers are just as important: These parts of the body are more prone to exposure to the cold and are the first to get hit with frostbite. Waterproof boots and gloves, a scarf, and a hat are vital for their protection. Earmuff and a face mask are perfect for added protection.

5. For a “just in case” scenario, pack extra clothes in a separate back or have some ready in case your kids get wet or need an additional layer. Also throw in some extra gloves, hats, and even socks.

Winter can be a blast for you and your kids. While dressing for the weather and activity level is important, knowing when it's time to head inside is equally essential. Frostbite can set in if you don’t pay attention. If needed, head inside for a break of food and hot drinks to help warm everyone up before heading back out for more winter playtime.

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