Tips for winter and cold
Tips for cold weather
How can I know if my child is too cold? The tip of the nose feels very cold, paleness, a blue tinge to the lips and skin, shivering. There is no need to worry if the hands and feet are slightly cold – this is the body’s natural way of transferring heat to where it is needed most.
In the winter, it is a good idea to dress in layers.
When the temperature drops below +10 °C, it is usually a good idea to wear a hat and gloves. As it gets colder, the hands and head require more protection with breathable accessories that let moisture out.
Air is the best insulator – clothes that are too tight will not provide warmth.
Mittens should have space for additional mittens underneath and footwear should have space for a second pair of socks. Footwear should be chosen according to the weather and there should also be sufficient space for winter insoles.
The younger the children, the warmer they should be dressed. Babies who sleep in prams need an extra layer of warmth – a sleeping bag or a very warm blanket. Increase the warmth of the outfit the longer you plan on being outside.
When appropriate, use lighter-weight clothing for children who are moving and playing actively. This helps to ensure that they won’t sweat too much.
At freezing point
Avoid over-dressing children who move around a lot. Headwear should be warm, light and breathable, and not too densely woven. A thin woolly hat is a great choice for hectic activities. For children who are outside for a long time without being particularly active, quilted outfits can be used when the temperature drops below +5 °C.
A few degrees below zero
Quilted clothing is the way to go. For active children, long johns and quilted trousers are enough, and it is a good idea to make sure there are not too many layers on the upper body. Quilted mittens or gloves and a warm hat or woolly balaclava will provide good warmth.
A thin balaclava is a good base layer beneath a hat or cap. A hood can provide extra warmth, particularly if it has a fur trim that keeps warm air in front of the face. Thin mittens can be worn under outer mittens, while woolly socks and felt insoles can be used in boots. Several intermediate layers can be used. When it is very cold, it can be nice to use down-filled outerwear.