Winter is officially here, the time of year where we all want to snuggle up to protect ourselves from the icy winds and falling snow. Being able to get under a blanket with your little one, a nice mug of hot chocolate, and a feel-good-film is fantastic, but it’s important to venture outside and get some fresh air! Children love adventure, and with adventure comes facing the outdoors. It is not good to stay in your house constantly, so you need to know how to wrap up and brave the cold. A main concern for parents and carers is keeping children warm, wanting them to experience the outdoors but also avoid the possibility of getting ill. At Barncliffe Day Nursery we love to take your little ones outdoors when possible, so it’s important to send them along with all of the kit they need. Keep reading to find out our top tips for keeping children warm in winter.
Tips for Keeping Children Warm
Layering is the hero when it comes to keeping children warm. You should start with a base layer, something that stays close to your body to keep any of your body heat as insulated as possible. If the base layer is in place, you’re more likely to stay warm. Follow this with a mid layer, such as a microfleece top that can really help keep in the warmth without impacting their movement. Finish off your layering with a warm winter coat and you’re good to go!
Choose clothing wisely
There are some real do’s and don’ts when it comes to getting dressed for winter. To make sure you are keeping children warm, opt for clothing choices that layer well and are comfortable. Jeans, for example, aren’t a great choice for the colder months, particularly when it snows. A better option would be fleece trousers, or something you can fit leggings underneath to keep your children extra warm. Jogging bottoms are always great for keeping children warm, as well as being easy to move in.
Coats and snowsuits
For younger children aged 3 and under, snowsuits are a great choice of outerwear for the winter months. The protective layer keeps the littlest ones warm and dry all over their body, insulated and cosy. As children get a bit older and become more able to regulate heat, a typical winter coat should be ample protection, and provide an easier dressing situation. There are various winter coats out there for you to choose from, though ones with a thick inner lining are definitely the best option.
Socks and gloves
Little hands and feet get cold easily, so protecting them is essential when keeping children warm in winter. Layer up your socks, first with a pair you would typically wear everyday, followed by a thicker thermal pair on top to help keep little toes cosy and warm. For fingers, opt for tight gloves that fit to their hands with waterproof mittens on top. This stops any water getting in when playing in snow, as well as keeping the cold out and making the fun last longer.
Hat and scarf
A cold head means a cold body, so keeping it toasty is very important. When your head is cold your body sends blood to your head to try and warm it up, ending with your entire body feeling cold. Scarves are also a great addition to keeping warm, adding a tight layer over the neck where a coat may not cover.
When it gets icy and snowy outside choosing sensible footwear is important, not only for warmth but also for safety. Insulated walking boots or wellies are a great option, with a decent grip on the bottom to stay safe on those slippery areas.
Keep Your Kids Warm This Winter
At Barncliffe we know how important it is for children to get some outdoor play in, even when the colder months hit. Keeping children warm when doing this outdoor activity is extremely important, making sure they can enjoy themselves while their body is protected. Follow our advice and your little ones will be enjoying outside play in no time! For more information on our nurseries in Huddersfield services, get in touch with us today.