Fit for any weather
Learning to love the outdoors begins with the right gear. Read our tips for dressing your kid, come rain or shine.
Children’s skin should always be protected from ultraviolet rays, especially at the beginning of summer. It’s a good idea to acclimatize to sunny weather slowly.
On family days out, young babies should stay in the shade—sunblock isn’t recommended for babies under six months. Clothes with a high UPF rating are the best choice for young children who want to play freely in the sun.
Make sure to keep children’s head and eyes protected in sunny weather: a light summer hat or baseball cap should be worn to avoid heatstroke. Children should wear sunglasses too, as the sun-protection mechanism in their eyes is not fully developed before the age of 25.
Avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, which is usually between noon and 3pm. Remember to have children carry a water bottle. Adults should also drink plenty of water in hot weather to avoid dehydration.
Love walking around in bare feet? Most children do, but take care to only do this when you’re highly aware of the terrain. Footwear protects from sharp objects and insect bites.
In the park and countryside
Loose-fitting, comfortable outfits are breathable and offer protection from the sun: T-shirts and shorts, skirts or capris are generally good choices. As the day gets cooler, a light, thin jacket or hoodie provides comfortable protection from insects.
At the beach
Remember to reapply waterproof sunblock regularly. When swimming time is over, a long-sleeved cover-up with a high UPF rating will protect kids from the sun.
Our SunProof outfits keep children cool and have a UPF rating of 50+ that protects against the harmful rays of the sun, even when wet. The rating means that while skin tends to begin to burn after 10 minutes in the sun, a rating of 50+ will protect 50 times that. This amounts to 500 minutes, or more than eight hours of worry-free fun in the sun. And don’t forget swimming shoes—these will protect from any nasties lurking in the sand.
How can I know if my child is too cold? Children can sometimes forget to bundle up so it’s a good idea to check whether an extra layer is needed. If the tip of the nose feels very cold or if there’s a blue tinge to the lips and skin, then it’s probably a good idea to layer up. There’s 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’s needed most.
In the winter, layers are a kid’s best friend. If you want to learn more about how to do layers right, read more here.
When the temperature drops below 50°F, it’s 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.
Contrary to popular belief, air is the best insulator and clothes that are too tight won’t actually provide warmth.
Gloves should have space for additional mittens and footwear should have room 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 child, the warmer they should be dressed. Babies who spend the day out and about in a stroller need an extra layer of warmth, like 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 clothing for children who are moving and playing actively. This helps to ensure they don’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 tightly woven. A thin woolly hat is a great choice for active play. For children who are outside for a long time without being too active, quilted outfits are a great choice when the temperature drops below 40°F.
A few degrees below freezing
Quilted clothing is the way to go once the weather goes below freezing. For active children, long johns and quilted pants are enough, and it is a good idea to make sure there aren’t too many layers on the upper body. Quilted mittens or gloves and a warm hat or woolly balaclava will provide enough warmth
A thin balaclava is a good base layer beneath a hat or beanie. 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 waterproof mittens, while woolly socks and felt insoles can be used in boots. Several intermediate layers can be used. When it’s very cold, down-filled outerwear offers excellent insulation to keep kids cozy.
Choose windproof and waterproof fabric for the outermost layer. In changeable weather, it’s a good idea to wear functional clothing like a waterproof outfit that’s also breathable. Don’t forget footwear and gloves should also be waterproof.
Base layers that transfer moisture away from the skin are the heroes of spring and fall days when you don’t know just what the weather holds. These are a great choice after an active day because they wick moisture away from the body.
Have you tried Reima’s Play Jersey products? They’re an entirely new type of technical jersey that’s anything but boring. It can be worn as a base layer, lounge wear, a summer outfit or even to exercise.
Breathable mid layer garments provide warmth on cooler days. Don’t forget that when children wear waterproof footwear they should also wear functional socks with synthetic fabric that transfers moisture away from the skin.
Remember to choose functional outfits that are both waterproof and breathable. This will save time and energy when getting ready for a day out. No need for an extra waterproof layer!
Don’t forget to factor in the wind chill, which can make the weather feel significantly colder. Protect children’s head and ears from cold wind even if the sun is out.
Waterproof, breathable shoes guarantee that feet will stay dry for hiking treks and journeys to school.
Playing in puddles
Puddle-jumpers should have their lower body protected by rain pants like those from our Reimatec line. Reimatec fabrics have unbeatable water resistance yet are also breathable. Don’t forget rain boots and waterproof mittens for complete comfort on rainy days.
So what if it’s really wet? Our rainwear and Reimatec lines have you covered. And there’s even room for warm clothing underneath. Don’t forget a rain hat or a hood to keep kids happy and dry.