How To Dress Your Child For the Colder Weather

As the cold winds start to blow in, children are exposed to an increased risk of health issues. The common cold can quickly turn to more serious ailments when left unchecked. Protect your child’s immune system by dressing them appropriately for the weather–even if they do not want to.



The weather changes a lot in the fall. Windows are covered in frost and you can see your breath in the air each morning, but the sun is often shining in the afternoon. So if little Johnny is sent to school in a jacket and t-shirt, he might be comfortable in the morning, but by the afternoon, he’ll shed that jacket and don just a t-shirt. It may be too hot for a jacket, but fall weather – even on the best afternoons – isn’t often t-shirt weather.


The best way to make sure your child will never be too hot or cold is to dress them in layers. This will allow them to regulate themselves throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to dress your child in one extra layer from what you as an adult would need. Their bodies are smaller and retain less heat, therefore need extra protection. Learn the art of layering appropriately here.

Backup Clothes

When sending kids to school, their clothing options are limited to what you provide. If they get wet or their clothes get ruined, what are they to do? The best thing is to be prepared. Especially with younger ones who play more recklessly, put a change of clothes and extra cold weather gear like mittens and a hat in their locker at school. Also, do not forget to replenish the stash if an article of clothing finds its way home or ends up lost.


Look For The Right Gear

As you probably already know from experience, children do not wear clothes that are difficult to put on. If you want your child to wear cold weather gear, find jackets that zip up easy, gloves or mittens that go on without help, and a hat that actually covers their ears. Little feet need extra TLC too; buy heavy, non-cotton socks and waterproof boots to prevent feet from getting wet or cold.


These tips will help you keep your child safe and warm as the cold weather settles in. The last thing you need is a sick child or a run-in with frostbite. Help your friends protect their children by sharing this article!