Dressing in layers
To dress a playful kid in the right clothes when the temperatures shift outside, can be a real struggle. How can they be warm throughout the day, but not sweat as they become more active? The trick is to layer! Layering in colder months allows the kids to adjust their clothing depending on the activity or the environment. Layering retains pockets of air between the layers, which keeps the kids warm regardless of the situation.
There are three types of layers you need to keep in mind when dressing the kids. The base layer which helps keep the moisture away, a mid-layer that helps them stay warm and the cover layer that helps protect from rain, wind, or snow.
1. Base layer
The base layer is the most important layer to get right. This layer should be breathable, fitted and feel comfortable on the skin. The type of materials you use when dressing in layers, matters. Quality materials, such as merino wool, are a great option for the first layer. Merino wool wicks away moisture, is breathable, durable, and super soft (not like regular wool). Synthetic or mixed-fibre materials are also a good way to go on the first layer, as they help remove moisture from the skin and transfer it onto the second layer. You should avoid cotton when dressing in layers, as it absorbs moisture and sweat in all weather conditions, which will make your child cold.
2. Mid layer
The mid layer depends on how cold it is outside – there could be just one mid layer in spring, or several in winter. The purpose of the mid layer is insulation and should be close to the body, but not restrict movement when the kids are active. Slightly looser garments that allow pockets of air for warmth are a good way to go in the mid layer. Fleece is a great option here as it is breathable, dries quickly and can be used during other seasons as well. Thinner synthetic jackets, or thicker wool garments retain warmth and are also a great option in the mid layer. Another plus in this layer are garments with zippers or openings, as they allow you to easily adjust the temperature.
3. Cover layer
The purpose of the outer cover layer is function and should keep the kids dry and protected in a variety of weather conditions. This layer should be breathable, loose and allow easy movement. The best type of cover layer is both wind and water-repellent and made from a durable material that supports playtime on clear days, in the rain or in snow. In the spring or early autumn, this layer could only consist of a shell jacket or shell overalls, but in the colder months it is best to opt for something thicker, that is still breathable and transfers the moisture outside of the outfit. Invest in a good winter overall that is both wind and water repellent. An extra plus for these are reflective details for safety and with reinforced knees and back, so it can be used for more than one season or passed on to a younger sibling.
Selecting the right outer layer
When it comes to choosing the correct outer layer, the biggest factors to keep in mind are the weather and the activity. For rainy days with low to mid-level activity, rubbery waterproof garments are the best choice. These garments are typically easy to maintain, hardwearing and durable. For a more active day outside, opt for functional outerwear which has a good breathing ability and won’t obstruct movement.
Gloves, hats, and waterproof accessories are all important layering essentials for chillier days outside. Make sure most of the skin is covered, especially for kids that get easily cold. For hands you can use a pair of super stretchy magic gloves, with a layer of waterproof mittens. For rainier days, choose some longer waterproof mittens that go over the arm of the jacket or overall to prevent getting wet. in case of rain or snow. Hats with fleece lining are also a good option, as they will retain the warmth, but help wick the moisture away.
Even clothes feel better with the right care
Taking care of outerwear means it can last longer and be passed on to other kids without losing the garment’s functionality along the way.
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