How to Dress Kids for Cold Weather

Keeping your kids warm and dry is important when it comes to commuting or playing outside in cold weather. Kids who live in homes in chilly locations really benefit from protective clothing when they’re playing outdoors or even studying indoors, too. Pottery Barn Kids has some toasty tips on how to dress babies, toddlers and older children when the temperatures drop. It’ll be easy to keep your kids warm, toasty and healthy while snowflakes twinkle on the ground.

Kids In Snow

Start with the Basics

A great night of sleep can help your child feel healthier and more content, and it’s easy to ensure that they get the best sleep possible. Dress kids in flannel pajamas over a wicking layer of silk or thermal underwear to keep them cozy all night long. Layering is the key to winter dressing for daytime wear, too. A good cold weather clothing guide is to think in terms of three layers. The first layer should wick away moisture, the second layer should insulate and the third layer should protect your child from the elements. Because kids lose the most body heat through their heads, a hat is the perfect way to top off any outfit.

How to Dress Babies and Toddlers for Winter

When sleeping, babies and toddlers do well in one-piece footed pajamas that keep their bodies insulated even if they kick off their blankets during the night. Make sure to dress babies in hats and layers when you spend time outside, especially in very cold weather. Buy outfits slightly bigger than your baby’s size to layer over thin, warm layers like onesies. An exposed area that is often overlooked in your baby’s back – wherever their top and bottom meet. When dressing your baby for winter, remember that when you carry little ones or pass them from person to person, their tops often pull up and away from their waists, exposing that section of bare skin around the waist to the cold air. Dress the littlest ones with an under-layer that’s one piece to keep them from getting chilled.

Pack Extra Digit Warmers

Baby and toddler hands and feet are vulnerable to cold and frostbite, so it helps to keep extra mittens, footies, socks and booties in your diaper bag to warm your little one’s toes and fingers. If you place your baby carrier or portable crib on a rug or hardwood floor, remember that heat rises. The air may be much colder near the floor, so pack an extra blanket in case of a sudden chill.

Dress for the Day’s Events

It’s a smart idea to dress kids in appropriate clothes and outerwear for the activity at hand. If the kids are heading to a heated indoor location and are only outside when entering or exiting the car, dress them in warm indoor clothes and outerwear that they can remove easily. Dress your little girl for winter with warm knit tights to keep her legs warm under dresses or skirts for formal occasions. If kids are playing or traveling in snow or freezing conditions, it’s important to give extra care to the way they’re dressed. Their third layers should be water-resistant, including water-resistant boots, mittens and hats, when they’re outdoors in rain or snow.

Be Ready for Chilly Bath Time

Keep bath time toasty and inviting by providing slippers and bath wraps children can wrap up in as soon as they step out of the tub. Fun animal and character hoods appeal to little ones and help dry their hair after a fresh shampoo.

Be Ready for Emergencies

Plan ahead when traveling with kids. Ice and other hazards may slow or stop travel by bus, car or plane. Pack extra sleeping bags, travel pillows and blankets in case of an emergency so kids can bundle up while you wait. Spare blankets and sleepover bags come in handy whether your car breaks down on a cold day or you’re delayed at the airport due to weather. Include extra socks, hats and scarves for older kids in your winter travel kit, as well.