The first winter: how to make sure that your child goes through winter without feeling too cold
The first winter is an unforgettable moment for children. Trees start losing their leaves until they are bare, the pavements are all frosty and the days are becoming shorter. The luckiest children will also be able to see their first snow and maybe hold a snowball in their hand to see how quickly it melts.
This is a magical moment for children, but it is also challenging because for the first time they might feel cold. Obviously, mothers play an important role here as they have to help their children and understand their temperature. Here are a few tips on how to dress them properly on every occasion.
Two fundamental rules to remember are: wear layers and wear fabric that can “breathe”. Wearing layers, or as our grandmothers used to say “dress like an onion”, allows the children to be dressed enough but never too much. If your children go and play in other homes, you can never know what temperature there will be, but if you dress them in layers, they will be able to take of the jacket if it’s too warm or put it back on if it’s cold. This works if you use breathable fabrics that allow the body to release warmth whereas other type of fabric would send it back to the child’s body. One of the best fabrics has always been cotton, because it’s breathable and has anti-allergy properties.
These rules are good for indoors and outdoors. So, remember to wear some breathable undergarments, a long or short sleeved t-shirt and a jacket or sweatshirt over. If you take your children to the park, the same tips are good even if you need to be a bit more prepared. The first one is to always keep the extremities warm with hats, gloves and socks, while the second one is to use a jacket that is warm but also light enough to allow freedom of movements. If your children are not sweating but they are warm and dressed properly, don’t be afraid to take off a few layers. It’s better for them to be wearing one less layer rather than be wearing wet clothes. The important thing is that hands and feet are always warm, so also be mindful of the shoes that they are wearing - always warm but breathable, like for example our Rainstep ankle boots, warm, comfortable and super fashion.
While children that can speak and can communicate with their mum to express that they are hot or cold, with newborns it is a bit more complicated, but the same rules apply. Dress them in breathable cotton bodies and different layers. Obviously, when they are taken out, they don’t run around, play or move, so it is important for them to wear a hat or a onesie that can keep their hands and feet warm.
And at night? How can we be sure that they don’t feel cold? Make sure they don’t become uncovered. Newborns are very delicate and we have to be careful with everything that is in the crib, especially while they are not supervised, because something could be in their way. So at least for the first few months, try not to use sheets or covers that can move around a lot. This would not only be a possible risk for the baby, but the baby could get cold too. It is better to use a romper bag. And if this gets in their way, you could think about all-in-one pyjamas.
However, if on the one hand, there is the risk of cold, on the other hand there is the risk of extreme warmth: how can we understand if a baby is over-dressed? You just have to touch. If you can feel that the baby is sweatin,g it means that they have too many clothes on.
Another fundamental rule for parents? Everyone has their own temperature. Even the little ones are able to self-regulate their temperature and they will let you know if something is wrong. You should never mistake your temperature, maybe sitting on a cold bench while you watch your children play, and what they feel when they are running around. Remember that if you are cold, it doesn’t mean that they are.