Cold weather can often prevent children from leaving the warm comforts of their home and engaging in outdoor-related activities and pursuits. Due to the frosty temperatures, parents begin to worry about their child playing outside and possibly getting sick. However, with the right amount of planning and preparation, your child can stay warm and have fun at the same time.
Keeping Your Child Warm This Winter
A rule of thumb is making sure that your child has on one more layer than the parent or guardian is wearing. The most important layer for a child is the first one, which is the base layer closest to the child’s skin. Layer one should compromise of wool socks that help keep feet warm, a wool or polypro fabric on the body, and a layer of clothing to protect the face, like a balaclava. The middle layer goes over the base layer, helping to insulate your child. Appropriate fabrics can include wool, down, or fleece items that are close to your child’s body but don’t restrict movement. The final layer is the outermost one, protecting your child from rain, snow, and wind. When it comes to purchasing a good coat, find one that is water-resistant rather than stylish. The right fit allows for easy mobility, enabling him or her to maneuver without difficulty while playing outside. Make sure that your child can fit comfortably into last year’s shoes and jackets because items that are too tight can limit circulation. Ultimately what’s important is that children wear a breathable number of layers. Wearing a lot of materials that are ineffective can prove to be a hindrance and cause children to sweat, making their clothes wet and bringing their temperature down. Pay attention to clothing hazards such as scarves, hoods, and strings, especially around toddlers. Avoid putting a cotton fabric on your child because it can absorb perspiration and water, causing him or her to become cold more easily.
Being Prepared for Inclement Weather
Staying warm in the cold weather months is all about preparation and planning. One kit parents should always have on hand is a dry bag filled with extra clothes for children. The bag can include extra mittens, socks, pants, and a sweater. While it can be cumbersome to carry around, a splash in a puddle or a lost mitten can not only end the day but your child will get cold. While you’re outside, pay careful attention to warning signs or indications of frostbite. Oftentimes, children can’t express or feel the chill setting in. Parents that exercise while their child is in a stroller are maintaining body heat and may not necessarily feel the wind chill the way that a child can. If your child has red and tingly skin, whether it’s on his or her cheeks or fingers, chances are he or she is experiencing frost nip. Shivering is also a sign that your child should move indoors. When in doubt, take a break because it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Winter Activities for Children
Some winter related activities include sledding, skiing, and perhaps if it’s not too cold outside, a lovely nature walk through the nearest park. Additional popular areas to visit around New York include Central Park, the Botanical Gardens, and your local zoo. During the holiday season, Bryant Park establishes its’ annual winter village, where families can take advantage of ice-skating and warm up with a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate afterward.
However, sometimes it can simply be too cold to go outside. Our boards on are Pinterest stocked with a variety of fun, educational games and projects for children to enjoy. Make sure to also take a look at our winter drinks board for delicious and healthy drinks to make. For more fun and exciting winter activities, here are some family friendly DIY crafts everyone can enjoy!