When it’s raining cats and dogs outside but toasty warm indoors, try these kids winter layering tricks. They’ll have the little ones cosy warm when the chills blow in, and cool as a cucumber when the heater gets cranked and playtime makes them break a sweat.
Get Your Basics Sorted!
Tutus and Spiderman costumes may be cute, but if you want to keep those precious little piggies warm, it pays to go back to basics that you can easily add layers to. Choose fitted basics that won’t get scrunched up when you add tops and jackets. Think comfy tights, fitted singlets, form-fitting long sleeve spencers and vests. Invest in a mix of lighter weight fabrics for trans-seasonal weather, like light cotton singlets, then when the temperature drops, get those heavier fabrics on high rotation – thick socks, wool tights, and cotton/wool blend long sleeve blend spencers.
No two children are the same. Some break a sweat lifting their school bag while others won’t get into bed without a hot water bottle. And when you’re sending kids off the school – and before and after care – there can be big changes in the temperature throughout the day. So master the art of layering so the kids can easily lighten things up if the sun decides to appear.
For school, layer singlets and long sleeve spencers with looser polo school shirts, jumpers, zip-up jackets or dresses. Choose a super warm jacket that’s versatile and protects your cherub from the chilly weather. Hang it from their school bag hook for easy access.
For weekends, puffer vests and faux fur sleeveless jackets are great for popping on over jumpers and less bulky than full jackets, and ponchos make a stylish statement for mini fashionistas! Hoodies, light-weight rain coats that can be rolled up and popped into a bag, and cardigans are brilliant for after school sports as they can easily be taken off when the kids warm up.
Tracksuit pants, cargos and leggings are much more comfortable than rigid denim on active days running around the park or lazy Sundays at home. Choose relaxed fits with an elasticised waist that are comfy and easy to move in. Or for little dolls who will only wear skirts and dresses, add wool tights for extra warmth.
Cosy and chunky longer style knits and dresses in oversized designs are great for adding another toasty-warm layer, and can be worn over form-fitting tops, fitted tees or vests and leggings or jeans.
Invest In Quality Fabrics
Natural fibres like cotton, linen, hemp and wool blends breathe better but polyester blends dry super speedy – although they can make some kids sweat. I try to choose cottons or cotton blends for basics and warmer, heavier fabrics for top layers.
Make It A Shoe-in
Closed-toe water-resistant shoes, leather boots or gumboots are a must for rainy days. If you’re teaching your child to do up their laces, go for lace runners, but be mindful that wet canvas shoes and laces are trickier to work with – and get squidgy. Try Velcro shoes or waterproof high-tops for ease and playing in the park.
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Jazz up their outfits with woollen beanies, hats with ear flaps or hoodies that will keep those little ears wind-proofed and hair dry. Add a scarf and mittens or gloves to make a stylish statement while keeping those digits toasty warm.
What winter layering tricks, fabrics and clothing do you swear by? Add your comments below.