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Summer is almost over, and there’s already a cold nip in the air. For us adults, it’s easy enough to flick on the heating and snuggle into a blanket after work. There’s very little that can drag us out of our homes from September to March.
But for our kids, the outdoors is often their playground. And for a lot of kids, that means playing sports.
The best way to keep your kids healthy and active throughout the year is to make sure they dress properly for the weather, and there’s no better time to start than now.
Here are our top tips for dressing your kids for fall:
Just like you, kids are at their most comfortable when they’re layered up. Give them tights, leggings, shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, the more the better.
Every layer of clothing your child wears is another layer between them and the cold.
It’ll also mean that they can take off a layer when they get too hot, or add extra layers when they get too cold. In short, they can layer up or down depending on the weather.
Wool is great
Wool is one of the best fabrics to wear when it’s cold. It keeps you warm even when it’s wet, which is perfect for rainy British weather.
Wool is also antibacterial, so it doesn’t get smelly. It’s also fire-resistant, so it’s perfect for football or other sports.
When it gets wet, wool naturally dries quickly. It also keeps you warm when it’s wet.
Wool is also very soft and comfortable, so it’s perfect for babies and kids.
Encourage sensible footwear
Most kids’ sports shoes will be insulated and waterproofed to keep their feet warm and dry. But you still need to make sure your kids wear the right shoes.
Athletic trainers are great for kids, and they’re usually waterproof and insulated. They’re also lightweight and easy to move in, which is ideal for sports. There are lots of great styles available for girls’ shoes as well as for the boys.
You could also consider boots. They’re very warm and comfortable. However, they’re heavy and can be difficult to run and play in.
Don’t forget to wear a hat
Kids’ heads are a lot smaller than our heads, so their bodies can get hot much quicker. That means they’ll probably need to take off a layer of clothing to cool down.
Make sure your kids wear a hat if they’re going outside. It’ll keep their head warm and make it easier to take off a layer.
If you have a scarf, wrap it around their neck. That’ll stop them from losing heat when they take off their hat.
Winter is coming
If you’re in the UK, you might be dreading the thought of winter. But when it comes, you’ll be glad you invested in a good coat for your children.
Check they’ve got a coat that’s warm and waterproof. That’ll go a long way towards keeping them warm and dry during the winter.
A shawl or scarf will also help keep them warm and toasty.
Good socks are just as important
Socks are just as important for your kid’s feet as shoes are. If they’re not wearing good socks, their feet will get cold and wet.
It’s also very important that your kid’s socks are the right size, and that they wear the right socks for the right activity.
It’s not easy keeping your kids warm and dry when they’re outside.
But a little preparation in advance will go a long way towards keeping them warm and dry throughout the year.