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No Bad Weather, Only Bad Gear

The cold weather is here to stay, so we turn to the famous Scandinavian saying: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.”

Research shows the benefits of being outside, but uncomfortable temperatures can be a deterrent. Smart layering techniques can keep your child engaged for longer periods of time and benefit them while participating in any outdoor activities this winter. You and your child can use the three layer tip in the cold winter months to be successful and have fun outdoors no matter the weather.

First comes the base layer. This layer should be wool or synthetic but should not be cotton. Cotton often holds in moisture and will leave you feeling cold. The base layer should be closer to the skin to retain warmth. Examples may be thermal long-sleeves or long underwear tops.

Second is the mid layer. This layer should be a form of fleece or wool which will be used as insulation between the base and the outer layer. Both materials will keep your body warm. The mid layer may be a puffy jacket or fleece sweater for the top.

Lastly comes the outer layer. The purpose of this layer is to keep you warm while keeping any of the winter elements out. Ideally, this layer will be a waterproof snow coat or, in warmer temperatures, a waterproof jacket. Other options include a soft-shell jacket that can hold up to light rain and is breathable. On the bottom it may vary from rain pants to snow pants, depending on the temperature.

Before you head out for your next winter adventure, don’t forget to cover your hands and head! Wearing a warm winter hat and having gloves or mittens with you can increase your comfort. Learning to put on their own mittens can also build confidence for your tiny human. Gearing up to go outside may take extra time but can also offer a sense of ownership and pride for your child. Pro tip: sew a piece of yarn or elastic with one mitten on each end and thread the mittens through each arm of the open coat. This will ensure the mittens won’t get lost and will stay attached to their coat.

Hopefully, these smart layering techniques and gear recommendations will keep you comfortable, confident, and enjoying all the upcoming winter adventures with your tiny humans!

- Maggie Buchmiller


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