Once they're bundled up, it's time to play in the snow!
Dressing toddlers and preschoolers for very cold weather can be tricky, particularly if your little darling screams her head off every time you try to cover it in a hat. But dressing children warmly, particularly when the temperature is just 30 degrees, minimizes their risk of frostbite or exposure. Planning ahead can make dressing your child easier on cold mornings. This is one time when compromising with your child is not a good idea, parents need to win in the battle to dress for cold and snow.
1Layer young children's clothes in winter, particularly if the child will be outdoors for extended periods. Start with long johns in a fabric that is moisture wicking. Cotton absorbs moisture and can be uncomfortable for kids if it sticks to the skin, so it's not right for cold weather. Add warm socks, or even two pairs of socks for extra warmth. Jean and pants come next, then on top a couple more layers, like a long sleeved T, turtleneck or a lightweight fleece vest. Then a heavy sweatshirt or jacket on top. Wool and fleece are your friends at this time of year.
2Pile on the outerwear. If children will be playing outdoors, snow suits or at the very least snow pants, will keep your snow angel warm. Winter jackets should also be worn if the child is wearing only snow pants, which cover the bottom half of her bodies and not the rest. Sturdy, warm boots are also a must. However, keep the boots relatively lightweight, so she can walk in them.
3Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Basically, your goal is to have as much of your child's skin covered as possible. That means you want to add a hat, a cowl, neck warmer or scarf and mittens to this ensemble. UW Extension suggests mittens rather than gloves because having most of the fingers in one pocket means warm air can move around between them more freely than with gloves.
- To make dressing your toddler or preschooler easier, consider letting her choose some of her winter items. For example, show her several appropriate hats in the store while shopping and let her choose between them. Sometimes kids put up less of a fight if they feel they had some input into the clothing decisions.
- If your child does somehow manage to wiggle his outer clothes off, he may be at risk of frostbite or, in extreme circumstances, hypothermia. Symptoms of hypothermia are clumsiness, slurred speech and a lowed body temperature, explains Healthy Kids. If you suspect that your tot may have hypothermia, call 911 or take him to the nearest emergency room immediately. For possible frostbite, bring the child inside and submerge affected areas in warm, never hot, water. Don't rub at the affected areas. Cover your child with blankets and give him something warm to drink. If his skin still feels numb or is burning after a few minutes, it's time for a call to the pediatrician.
Things You'll Need
- Moisture wicking long johns
- Thick socks
- Turtleneck or vest
- Heavy sweatshirt or sweater
- Long pants
- Winter coat
- Snowsuit or snowpants
- Scarf or cowl
- Winter boots