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In the fall, the weather simply does what it wants. Sometimes it’s cold, sometimes warm. Sometimes it rains, sometimes there’s a spot of sun. It’s all rather confusing and the changing weather doesn’t exactly make it easy when it comes to deciding on the right clothes to wear. And that goes especially for your kids. It’s really important to take all weather conditions into consideration and dress them flexibly, but what’s the best way to do that?
How can you dress your little one so they’re not too cold, but also not too warm? A typical fall day starts out with a cold morning that turns into a sunny afternoon as the day goes on. And if you take the possibility of unforeseen rain into account, then you actually need to plan three different outfits – and that’s simply too much for anyone.
What you need for this nasty, head cold-inducing season is a well-thought-out look.
If you put too much clothing on your kids, they’ll sweat. But if you opt for too little, they’ll freeze. Here is where several layers come in. The layering look is the ideal styling model: Multiple thin layers make for more warmth than a single thick one. And then if the weather changes, one layer can easily be removed. Of course, that goes for the opposite as well. But what do you have to watch out for with layering? We have some great tips for you!
The Layering-Look for Your Kids
The layers count here. Everything has to be coordinated from the inside out. As we’ve already mentioned, several thin layers keep in more heat than a single thick layer. That’s because an air layer forms between the layers of clothes, and that acts as an additional heat insulator.
The different layers:
The Base Layer
The purpose of the first layer is to wick moisture away from the skin. This base should fit closely against the body and ideally should be made of wool. Here we recommend merino wool because it performs this job well, keeping you both warm and dry. You should also pay attention to long sleeves and pants.
Jacket and Pants
The second layer of clothing should serve as insulation. Fleece is a great choice here: It stores body heat while remaining breathable and dry.
Snowsuits / Snow Jackets / Rain Jackets
The last layer of clothing should provide optimum protection against wind, rain, or snow. It should, however, also be breathable as well as wind and water-repellent.
There’s nothing worse than cold and wet feet. Choose your shoes and socks carefully. The best choices here are wool socks and well-lined winter boots. We recommend buying winter boots that will wick sweat away from feet while keeping out moisture from rain and snow.
As a bonus, here are a few more tricks for autumn-proofing your kids:
- Choose breathable clothing. Pay attention that there’s a high wool or cotton content – 100% is optimal.
- Pick quality over looks. Is the garment easy to put on and take off?
- Go for a hat rather than ear or neck protection. Babies and smaller children are especially vulnerable to losing heat through their heads. If you have a hat without a built-in scarf, consider adding a scarf.
- A pair of tights can also protect your child’s kidneys! Socks slip down quickly.
- Look out for water-repellent zippers. Otherwise, water can penetrate through the zipper and a cold and damp chest is a guarantee for a head cold.
- Last of all, keep a good wind and weather cream around. Children’s skin is especially delicate. The cream should contain a high lipid content and no water. Water can freeze on skin during low temperatures.
The Neck Test
Our last tip is the neck test. The neck is the best place to check the temperature of a small child. The hands will only be a good indicator once your child is older – babies and small children are not yet able to optimally warm their limbs. If your little one’s neck feels sweaty, they are dressed too warmly.
We wish you a wonderful fall and pleasant strolls!