Dress your toddler for winter in 5 easy steps

Stick to the essentials

The key to winter warmth is layers. A snug inner layer made from breathable material, a warm wool mid layer and a protective outer layer will keep toddlers comfortable all winter long. Hats, neck warmers, mittens and technical socks are essential accessories, too.

Warmth is key

Toddlers have a lot of energy, but they still aren’t as mobile as older kids. This means they don’t sweat as much and will need more warmth. It can be tough to judge the exact level of warmth they will need, but in general, it’s a good rule of thumb to dress a toddler slightly warmer than you would dress yourself.

Easy is always best

Dressing a toddler is already difficult, so why make it harder than it needs to be? Make your morning routine faster and easier by choosing clothing with easy-to-use fasteners like Velcro and zips. Buttons will only increase the time it takes to get dressed (although they do have the added bonus of ensuring your kid won’t spontaneously decide to undress in public). Velcro and zips are especially wonderful for snow pants and overalls, which tend to take extra effort to pull on over a squirming toddler’s inner and mid layers of clothing.

Rule of thumb: dress a toddler slightly warmer than you would dress yourself

Little details make a difference

The design is in the details for children’s winter clothing. For overalls, look for details like a padded insulated seat for sitting in snow and reflective details for visibility. Hats should be made of breathable material and have an under-the-chin tie so that an uncooperative toddler won’t rip it off. Shoes that fasten with Velcro are fast and easy, giving toddlers an opportunity to learn to dress themselves. Mittens are a great choice for toddlers – not only do they keep little fingers warmer than gloves do, but they’re easy to put on too.

Keep things clean with rain pants

When toddlers play outside, they’re going to get dirty. In Finland, parents and daycares have cooperated to solve this problem. Parents leave a pair of rain pants at their day care, so that when it’s time head home, toddlers are nice and clean – and so is the car.

Now, if only it were this easy to get your toddlers to dress his or herself without complaints or distractions. Best of luck!