Their first time out in the snow? Suggestions and tips for making the most of it.
One of the most enjoyable experiences in wintertime, excluding Christmas celebrations, is snow. Children literally go wild as they watch it through the window from the warmth of their home, or making snowmen outside and leaping about playfully; it is a sensation you will never forget. Above all, if it’s their first time!
Mums and dads, watching them will be truly joyful, however to avoid the unexpected or your child getting cold, today we are here to help you select the most suitable clothing for being out in the snow, and we will also give you a few tips on how to help tackle this first great adventure.
Practical advice for how to dress your child
Essential clothing for snow
First of all, make sure that children are well protected with a base layer of thermal underwear under their coats and sweaters, to keep their bodies warm and dry. Find some warm wool socks to protect the feet from chilblains and the cold, but take care not to exaggerate as too many layers can affect the circulation.
Always choose sweatshirts or sweaters with a front zipper as they are easier to put on and take off, as required. A warm, padded water-resistant jacket can be worn over this layer, just in case your little one wants to try out jumping into fresh fallen snow!
Always bring a wool or fleece hat and a scarf with you (if your child is usually quite active, avoid thick, heavy hats that may cause them to sweat excessively) and water-repellent gloves, all essential accessories to protect your little ones from the bitter cold.
Clothing for those who spend long periods out in the cold
If, however, you are going to spend a long time out in the cold, then you might decide your child needs greater thermal insulation and protection from the cold: the best solution is to dress them in a ski suit.
While children are little and still wear nappies (and there is no need to undress quickly to use the toilet), an all-in-one snow suit is an easy way to ensure they are always covered up and warm. On the other hand, if your child is a bit older, we would advise you to choose adjustable-length overalls which are more practical to remove when “needed” and, as they are adjustable, can be used as the child grows.
What to do in the snow? Tips for encouraging play and having fun with your child
Whether you are at home or in the mountains, when it snows the only word that matters to a child is “fun”! So now we will share a few ideas to help you make better use of your time together.
Want a hit of adrenalin?
Then think about skiing, sledging and tobogganing. You can find numerous schools which are available to teach your child these sports in complete safety.
The recommended age for children to begin skiing is around five years old. You can choose individual lessons, or group lessons which would also allow your child to socialise with other children.
If your child is younger and is not interested in skiing, you can have fun together with a sledge or toboggan: adrenalin-filled and fun, children are sure to love them! Just find a slight slope and let the games begin!
And if the mountains are not for you?
You do not have to go to the mountains to have fun and explore the snow; you can simply play together in your back garden. What games can you play? Well, you can build a classic snowman, make snow angels while lying on your back or enjoy a good old snowball fight.
You can also try to encourage your child’s creativity by helping them to build some shapes and structures using the snow.
What should you pack in your bag for a day out in the snow?
If you are planning a family trip to the mountains or a snow-covered village, remember to always keep sunglasses in your handbag to protect your child’s eyes. Children’s eyes are highly sensitive and the intense light of the sun reflecting off the snow can be really annoying! For the same reason, ensure you also have sun cream and cocoa butter to moisturise your children’s lips and protect them from the cold.
By following these practical tips and suggestions, you will be ready for any with your child in the soft, freshly fallen snow!