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How Layers your Kids for Outside Activities

Updated: Mar 22

Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing


How to Layer Your Kids for Outdoor Activity

Feeling comfortable while being outside with your children will not only make it easier for you, but it will also ensure that your children are enjoying themselves too!


Here are some hints to help dress your child for the outdoors in the cooler months


Baselayers:

  • Base Layers go against the skin and are the first step in keeping our body warm in the winter. Fabrics that are non-absorbent and snug are the key. You can get a lot of base layers that are wool or synthetic blends that are both sweat-wicking and warm.



Mid Layers:

  • Mid-layers are another insulation layer that creates ‘air space’ between your children’s

skin and the elements. This airspace helps in keeping your child warm. Wool and fleece are perfect for mid-layers.


Outer layers

  • Outer layers should be both windproof and waterproof. They should also have enough space for your children to move about without feeling restricted.


Feet

  • Wool socks are the best for keeping toes toasty in the winter.

  • Make sure that there is air space in your child’s boots. You are better to go with one pair of socks and have the air space for insulation rather than two pairs of socks that will make the boots snug.


Things to avoid:

  • Cotton! Cotton absorbs moisture and will feel both damp and cool on your body.


Preferred places to get children's gear:

  • Thrift stores- there are a lot of great buys to be found at thrift stores! Children grow out of their gear so fast that most of the time it is still in really good condition when it doesn't fit anymore. You can also look for local ‘buy and sell’ groups for used gear.

  • Mountain Warehouse has great and affordable children’s gear

  • Costco has a lot of children (and adult) gear that is warm for the winter months.








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