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How to dress kids for winter with layers

Don’t you just love it when there is a bit of a chill in the air? It’s the sign that those gorgeous snow-filled scenes are on their way. There is an excuse to cuddle up in the evening by the fire, with a cup of cocoa or something a little bit stronger. Even more important though, it is an excuse to nip out for those winter wardrobe essentials for you and for the kids. We’ve got a checklist for you to make sure you are getting everything you need for when the months turn that little bit colder. After our checklist, we have even more advice; how to dress kids for winter months using layers.

If you are looking for advice on how to dress your kids in layers for winter, then you have come to the RIGHT place! We've got all the advice you need here #winter #laters #kidsclothes #kids #clothes

Winter wardrobe essentials for your kids

✅ Warm, preferably waterproof coat

The essential item in any winter wardrobe is the final outer layer that protects your little ones from the elements. Make sure it’s robust, and waterproof. If you love a good skiing holiday, like we do, you’ll need to make sure it is snow proof too. Be careful to check the altitude it is guaranteed to cover too, as you don’t want to have that holiday too high, and your kids freeze. Even if you don’t ski, a ski jacket is a great option for an all weather coat pretty much anywhere.

✅ Winter snow boots

We have always tried to get our kids wellies, but if you want to keep their toes toasty warm in winter, you will need to go an extra mile, and buy some snow boots. Make sure that they are sufficiently snow and water proof for the conditions you are likely to be experiencing wherever you are.

✅ Base layers

You cannot beat a base layer to help keep your kids warm. They are thin, but keep body heat close to your children’s skin. They are an ideal for the bottom layer when you’re trying to layer up too. Ever heard of wicking; well base layers are also designed to stop your bottom later getting too moist too. We’ve used base layers from a variety of stores, but shop around to get a steal at the end of the season for the next. Base layers are often found in the bargain bins at two for one as spring approaches!

✅ Warm sweatshirts or jumpers

An obvious choice for the next layer up from your trusty base layer, there are plenty of ways to dress for whatever occasion with a nice, warm jumper or sweatshirt. Go cool, or go functional!

✅ Hats, gloves or mittens – maybe a spare pair too!

Hats, gloves and mittens are THE most important accessory for keeping your kids head and hands warm. Sadly though, they are also THE most often lost item in OUR house by a snow-filled country mile. There are plenty of people to offer advice on not losing your gloves; but you can’t beat a mitten clip! Buy one alongside those mittens 😎

✅ Don’t forget the ear muffs

My favourite memory of my kids when they were little is when they were willing to wear ear muffs. Capture those memories when they are small, before they wouldn’t be seen dead in a pair in their teens! 🤣 If nothing else – including this item in my checklist means I can share the best ever Pinterest Ear Muff board with you. See. Now your day is complete, right?

✅ A scarf

Why wouldn’t you want to get your kids a cute scarf? Ah yes, because you would rather get them a….

✅ Snood

Yep. These are better, cooler scarf alternatives for the older kids. If you have littlies, you can get away with a scarf, but if you have tweens, I would recommend a snood. Much cooler. Apparently.

✅ Cosy socks

Cosy socks are actually rather lovely for the kids anytime of year, as a bit of an alternative to slippers and to keep them warm in bed at night. Though do be careful that they don’t overheat of course, particularly if you are thinking about getting the right clothes in winter for your babies.

✅ Snowsuit

Thinking about layering up your little ones, then a snow suit, up to toddler age, is an excellent way of keeping them warm in the winter. If you are going to ski – snowsuits instead of salopettes and a jacket are an excellent alternative too. Yet another item of clothing that little ones just look oh so cute in over winter….

How to dress your kids for winter in layers

Above are our ideas for the winter wardrobe essentials for you and you kids, but how about actually working out how to get this all on. How do you dress your kids for winter in layers? What is the best thing to do with them when the wind blows cold, and you can see your breath as you hurry out to school?

Base layers for kids

The bottom later for your kids needs to be thin, but fitted where possible. When they are babies, a vest is a good plan, but as they get older, perhaps consider a base later, or a T-shirt depending on your budgets. This layer shouldn’t retain moisture, as you don’t want that staying close to the skin.

Middle layer (mid-layer)

The next layer is there to provide that little bit of extra insulation and retain the heat; use sweaters, jumpers or even fleeces for this.

Outer layer

This does exactly what it says on the tin – it is the final layer to protect your kids from the worst of the weather, so needs to be robust and ready for anything thrown at it. Including snowballs. ❄

The best coats for kids are those that are easy to do up, particularly with cold fingers, but also not too bulky. If your kids are at nursery, or school, you don’t want them taking too much room up in the cloak area.

There you have it – a quick and easy guide to dress kids for winter using layers. Now all we need to do is have a word so that no-one sends us too much snow and we get stuck somewhere!

If you are looking forward to winter, we’ve got a few activities for you when you are ready to go:

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If you are looking for advice on how to dress your kids in layers for winter, then you have come to the RIGHT place! We've got all the advice you need here #winter #laters #kidsclothes #kids #clothes

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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