Winter Comfort & Safety

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  • The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow. In addition cold wind can rob moisture from tender cheeks making them even more susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen. Many sunscreens also provide a moisture barrier which is ideal to ward off wind burn and chapped skin.

  • 100% Cotton fabric loses most of its insulation qualities once it gets wet. Although cotton blends are a bit better, fleece, wool or other blends for clothing close to the skin is preferred. Many new synthetic fabrics are designed to wick moister and maintain insulative properties.

  • We are made up of 70% water! Cold, dry air and outdoor activities--even shivering can help use up stored moisture. Children tend not to drink as much when it’s cold so be sure to offer and encourage fluids before, during and after outdoor play.

  • Not only are layers “inâ€� but they provide customized protection to cold weather. Start with close-fitting clothing like an undershirt or thermal shirt in a blend. A good rule of thumb is to take the number of layers you would wear and add one extra layer for children and two extra layers for babies.

  • 60% of heat loss occurs through the head. Children actually lose heat at a faster rate than adults, because they actually have more surface-per-mass than adults. So be sure to cover your little one with a warm hat!

  • Contrary to what your child may say, mittens work just as good as gloves for making snow balls. And mittens are much warmer! Having all their fingers in one pocket help create a cozy space.

  • In extreme cold weather, it is advised to stay inside where you are protected from the bitter cold. Avoid unnecessary trips and structure your day inside in such a way that your children get plenty of activities but an equal amount of rest time.