Well, Fall is well and truly upon us. There is a chill in the air, it’s time to get out the hand me downs, dig out the mitts and hats and shop for the bits and pieces we need to flush out our kids winter wardrobes. For both of us the cornerstone of our childcare philosophy is FRESH AIR! We bundle up the kiddos and head out in all weather for at least half an hour and sometimes – aside from sweet, sweet nap time – the whole day. In order to accomplish this (and keep our crew warm, dry and happy while we do so) we have complied a list of essential Fall/Winter gear that take into account The 3 W’s of Dressing you Kids for the Weather.
Staying warm is all about insulating layers. Whether you choose fleece, wool, cotton, bamboo, silk, down or a combination of fibers make sure you have some insulating layers that fit and are cozy for your little ones.
Appropriate winter gear should provide some protection from the winter winds. When choosing your child’s outermost layer make sure that the shell is wind proof. Even on a sunny day the wind can be bitter and almost seems to cut through your clothes. It is also essential that your child’s outerwear fit since too big won’t stop cold air from coming up underneath and one too small won’t cover wrists,necks and ankles.
Snow, slush and rain are inevitable where we live. As warm and cozy as your kiddos are in their warm and wind proof gear, once they get wet they will almost instantly be miserable and cold. Check your kid’s gear for waterproof guarantees. If buying second hand or using hand me downs check the website and customer reviews. Read the fine print, some boots are waterproof only to the seam where the upper meets the molded boot. Some mitts are water resistant but not water proof. If your child is like mine (the kind of child who will stick their hand in a puddle of ice water and stir it up) opt for waterproof!
- Thick socks (3 pair)
- Legwarmers (2 pair)
- Sweaters/sweatshirts (2)
- Thermal undershirts (3)
- Long johns/leggings/tights (3)
- Mitts (2 pair)
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Most importantly, don’t forget that fit and function are important considerations. Does the item fit your child? Can they move and play? Are they comfortable? Can they grip and grab with their mittens on?
Now that I’ve sorted out our kids winter gear and gathered up a few extras for backup for the daycare I’m really looking forward to some good tromps in the snow, sledding, snow people and HOT CHOCOLATE!
Please comment below and let us know the winter gear you can’t live without!
Have FUN and stay WARM, friends!