Getting children dressed to go outside can be a headache – it can be difficult to know how the clothes work when the weather changes. How can I make sure that my child will be warm enough but won't sweat? The key to dressing correctly is to dress in layers.
Different materials work well in layers and the air that is trapped between the layers provides warmth. The base layer allows the skin to breathe, the mid layer keeps the warmth in and the outer layer provides protection from the wind and cold.
Dressing in layers also saves money. One layer of clothing can be used almost all year round, as long as it still fits! By putting on extra layers or taking layers off, the outfit can adapt to changing weather conditions, and different base layers and mid layers can provide refreshing variation to clothing.
1. Base layer
Nowadays, functional base layer clothing is also available for children. This clothing is suitable for sports, active outdoor play and games. Synthetic and mixed-fibre clothing removes moisture from the skin and transfers it to other layers. This ensures that children remain comfortable even when they get hot during hectic play. Choose preferably a material like Thermolite, Play Jersey or wool. All of these are breathable and feel comfortable on the skin. Wool transfers and absorbs moisture, but provides warmth even when it is wet.
2. Mid layer
The next layer is known as the mid layer. In the winter, there may be several mid layers but in the spring, one mid layer is often enough. The mid layer provides a comfortable amount of additional warmth but make sure that it is loose enough – tightly packed layers feel restrictive and do not provide warmth. A fleece is a good option because it is breathable and its heat value is the same as for wool, but it is easy to care for and dries quickly. Wool retains its warming properties even when it is wet. A further alternative is a lightly downed vest or jacket, which can function as a soft warming layer when worn under an outer jacket.
3. Cover layer
The most important function of the outermost layer is to provide protection from the weather. It is worth opting for a waterproof cover layer so that it can be used in a variety of conditions – on clear days, in the rain or in wet snow. To be completely functional, the cover layer must also be breathable so that moisture is transferred out of the outfit. Otherwise, moisture will remain within the outfit and the child will soon begin to feel uncomfortable and cold. You can check your child's temperature in the neck and throat area: if this area feels cold, the child will feel chilly.