The summer's over and it's time to think about kids' clothes for autumn and winter. What's the best buying advice for economy, safety and style?
It's that time of year; it's getting colder and you need to make sure your child is prepared for the winter months at school. It can be difficult to know how to get it just right, and avoid chilly fingers or sweaty bodies - our simple guide will help you ensure that your child will be cosy, healthy and stylish when heading to school.
Parents are beginning to appreciate the importance and effectiveness of a 'base layer'. This can be anything from tights to long-johns that protect the skin and ensure that your child's body keeps dry at all times, even when they get caught in the rain without their coat on. Don't forget the value of thermal long-johns for when the weather turns bitterly cold; these basically insulate your child's whole body, making a big difference if they get caught in the cold for a long period of time. Look for clothes made of wool or polyester for this layer.
Layers Are Best
It can be tempting for parents, particularly of young children, to choose the heaviest coat they can find for their kids. However, this isn't necesarily the way to go. Thin layers, instead of big resricting coats, will allow your child to shed off lightly, which means tht they won't be ever choosing between overheating and freezing. Try thin waterproof jackets and a thin fleece that can be removed easil. Cotton is very absorbent, and even if it isn't raining or snowing, the cold weather can result in chilly kids as it absorbs sweat throughout the day.
Even if your child's school uniform is made from cotton, providing your child with a fleece if the school allows it will make a difference.
While it's important to cover your child's body, according to KidsHealth, the head, ears, hands and feet are most prone to cold explosure - so amke sure you send your child to school with a hat, glvoes and thich socks to ensure these bases are covered. Choose mittens rather than gloves for a young child, as getting every finger in the right place can be a challange.
Remember, as always, to let the kids have a say in what they wear, as if they like the style, it will make the early morning battle to get them dressed that much easier!