How to Dress Your Kids for Winter Activities

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As parents we know that the more comfortable your kids are, the happier all of us are! Whenever I prepare my son to go out in the cold I always think of Randy in A Christmas Story. He’s covered in a one-piece snowsuit, mittens, boots, a hat, and a scarf.  He cries, “I can’t put my arms down!” and his mom tells him he can put his arms down when he gets to school! Randy was warm but he wasn’t comfortable and every kid who grew up in a cold climate can relate to his situation and learning how to dress your kids for winter activities can lead to more enjoyable outings.

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I am a big proponent of “there’s no such thing as bad weather” movement out of Scandinavia. We like to get outside year-round and in all kinds of weather.

George is enjoying a winter outing to taste snow.

Unfortunately, winter gets a bad rap as many people think cold weather can make us sick. For the average healthy humans getting outside can actually benefit us in many ways, especially if we are prepared for the cold weather by dressing appropriately. And no, that doesn’t mean we have to bundle up like Randy did in A Christmas Story. Save your kid from the frustration and follow these tips for dressing kids for winter activities.

How to Dress Your Kids for Winter Activities

  1. Don’t Overdress! Overdressing can lead to overheating or hyperthermia. If we absorb too much heat our temperature can spike, our breathing becomes labored and we may even sweat excessively which leads to dehydration. Overdressing ourselves, especially our kids, is a danger we face in the winter.
  2. Dress in layers. Layers that can be added and removed are the best option for venturing out in the cold. The layers closest to your skin should be made of breathable, wicking fabrics that will wick away moisture. Soft cotton and Smart Wool are your best options. (See our favorites below.)
  3. Avoid heavy boots. Boots are great for keeping feet dry but boots that are really heavy can hinder circulation and make kids feet extra cold, especially if they are in a stroller and not walking. Lightweight boots are a better option. Also, take care that your child’s boots still fit well with their socks. Often bulky socks can affect the fit of the shoes and make them uncomfortable for your child.
  4. Choose mittens instead of gloves. Mittens are a better choice because your child can move their fingers more and they benefit from the warmth of skin to skin contact. If you have a child that often removes their mittens layer them over a pair of lightweight knitted mittens or gloves.
  5. Keep hydrated. Hydration is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Always keep a water bottle handy. If freezing is a concern carry your water bottle close to your body or in an insulated pouch.

Our Favorite Kids Winter Clothing Options

Socks

Base Layer

Hats

Coats

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It's easy to overdo it when it comes to winter clothing. Learning how to dress your kids for winter activities can lead to more enjoyable outings.   

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