Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Winter's Coming - Wrap Up Warm!
Guest Post By: Dee Mason
Wrap up warm is great advice for kids of all ages. As parents we want to make sure that our kids can
withstand the cooler temperatures that are just round the corner, so now's the time to get started.
Swaddling Your Baby
Winter warmers are especially important for infants. Even in warm climates, mothers wrap babies
securely, so even if you're used to the cold, don't think your baby will be. Cold weather means
danger for babies in the form of infections, colds and even frostbite. Without wanting to sound
morbid, it's a bit early in life to lose a finger, so make sure they are warm. Options for keeping
infants warm include swaddling - wrapping them tightly in a blanket. That has great benefits in
helping babies to sleep better, letting them comfort themselves and generally making them more
settled. When a new baby is swaddled she feels like she's in the womb, which is very soothing for
some. For best results, wrap a muslin or light cotton wrap tightly around the upper body, but more
loosely around the lower body to allow the baby's legs to bend naturally.
Options for the Independent Infant
Other babies might prefer to have their limbs free. They are the explorers of the world - and that's
OK, too. If your baby prefers more freedom, then just make sure he is adequately clothed. There's
no need to be over-protective - just one more layer than you wear yourself will be more than
One final word on babies - if the temperature is freezing, or below freezing, then they are better
off inside. You will barely be able to stand it and babies are even more fragile, prone to losing heat
through the head.
Winter Wear for Older Kids
When it comes to kids' clothes, then you can follow many of the rules you use for yourself. Dressing
in layers is a key one, so that you can take items off as you get too warm and add them again as you
start to cool down. Layers are also great because they keep your body temperature regulated and
keep the warm air in. What should your layers be made of? Synthetics don't let the air through as
well as natural materials and, unless they have been specially made to do so, don't keep you that
warm either. (Exceptions are some garments made of microfiber or fleece.) Wool and wool blends
are good winter warmers, topped by a down coat. Dress your kids like little Michelin men in down
coats, woollen mittens and hats with ear flaps to protect them from the worst of the winter freeze.
As with babies, kids can lose a lot of warmth through their heads, so it is essential to invest in a good
hat. Good warm boots are another essential and you can top off the outfit with a scarf that ensures
that your neck stays warm.
Even Older? Some Tips For You
If you happen to be the person in charge of winter wear for the family, then make sure your spouse
is also dressed appropriately for the season. For an adult, who's no longer likely to grow, a winter
coat can be a great investment. Similarly to clothes for kids, down coats will keep you warm in all
weathers, especially if they have a temperature rating, and a hood is a good addition (even if it's
removable) to protect you from the worst of the weather. You might be surprised to know that
having a hood like the explorers wear will help your face stay warmer, even if it isn't covered.
DIY Winter Warmers
If you're a crafty type (that is, someone who loves to sew and knit), then you can spare your wallet
by making some winter clothes yourself. While a coat is still a great purchase, there's nothing to stop
you from knitting a warm woollen sweater or a scarf. The difference is, you will have to start early
if you're going to outfit the whole family with suitable winter wear, so while everyone's at the pool
this summer, you could be knitting or making mittens instead of enjoying your book. It will all be
worth it, though, when your family is warm this winter.