As soon as you step out of the house you know whether you’re dressed for the weather. But what about your kids? Some children feel the cold, others run around in t-shirts in the midst of winter.
In Finland children are consistently encouraged outside in freezing temperatures. And parents nap their children outdoors in their prams year-round as it’s thought the fresh air helps to keep the bugs at bay.
Until they are at least twelve months old, babies have no way of regulating their own body temperature. A general rule of thumb is to dress them in one more layer than what you yourself are wearing. But it often seems as children develop, so does their aversion to wearing a coat outside!
How can you ensure your children are comfortable outside so they can spend as much time as possible being active outdoors? Finnish kidswear specialist, Reima is the leading premium performance wear brand for active children. Here are their top tips:
Layers are the key when it comes to dressing children for cold temperatures because they trap warm air in between. Furthermore, all that clambering up climbing frames and scooting to school can quickly warm them up despite the wintry weather. This means the easiest way to regulate their temperature is to be able to add or remove layers quickly.
During the winter months, you don’t want your children’s clothing to just be warm, you want it to be waterproof as well. Even if the little ones are wearing the snuggliest of down jackets, if it rains or snows then the down will clump together, losing its loft and won’t be able to hold heat anymore. Reima’s Regor winter jacket is waterproof with all of its seams sealed yet remains breathable.
It’s worth remembering that your children will almost definitely move more outside than you do. For this reason it’s better to dress them in flexible clothes that will move with them. A few light layers are much more flexible than one very bulky coat that’s overwhelming your child. Reima’s Junior Northern Fleece is a soft knit that makes a great mid layer.
Avoid cotton if you can! When it’s cold outside, dress your children in base layers made from natural wool. Cotton will soak up any sweat from running around leaving your children wet and cold, but wool has excellent thermal regulation and wicking properties. Reima’s Tavast thermal top is made from breathable, elastic wool that’s incredibly comfortable.
Much of Reima’s outdoor wear isn’t just warm and waterproof, it’s also windproof, making it the perfect all-weather solution. It even has an insulated seat to keep bums nice and warm and dry for all of those whoopsy daisy moments of falling over in the snow or puddles.
That old adage that we lose half of our body heat through our heads was recently debunked by the British Medical Journal. It’s now claimed to be more like ten per cent. But we all know how much warmer you feel with a hat on, especially if it’s windy and it covers your ears. And the younger your child, the more likely they are to have less hair! Reima’s Nordkapp and Hurmos beanies are made of breathable wool and include windproof earpieces.
Have you ever tried to put a glove onto a toddler? It’s a challenge that needs to be introduced to the Crystal Maze. Opting for mittens makes everyone’s life easier. Also consider clipping them to your children’s coat or using the old-fashioned string technique. Otherwise by March you’ll have a box full of single gloves looking for their other halves.
Although fur is very much off the fashion menu now, faux fur still offers snuggly, soft warmth for children and kids love the feel of different textures. Reima’s fur trimmed hoods are detachable – meaning they’re safe for younger children as they will remove quickly and easily if they get caught up in branches for example. Their Silda, Ugra, Inari and Naapuri Winter Parka Jackets are all very much on trend this season as well!
Lastly, remember that if you need to travel somewhere in the car first to reach your outdoor adventure destination, don’t overdress children in warm clothing inside the car. Babies in particular are very liable to overheating and the extra layers can get in the way of tightening car seat straps properly.