Here in Cincinnati, we didn’t get too much snow from Snowstorm Juno, but it is only January. There are still many opportunities for us to get snow this winter. Do you have kids that love to play out in the snow? Here are some tips from sheknows.com on how to ensure that your snow-loving child is the safest and warmest that they can be.
First Layer: Avoid Cotton
When you wear many layers, you’re trapping in your own body heat. Sometimes this can get quite toasty, and make you start to sweat. The sweat then can soak into your first layer of clothing, and the air outside will make it cold, thus making it a vicious cycle of cold, to hot, to back to cold. Make sure your child’s first layer is a moisture-wicking material such as polypropylene. You can find this material in brands such as Stay Dri, Climacool, Coolmax, Under Armour, or Nike, as well as many more.
Second Layer: Warmth
Now that you have your sweat-wicking first layer on, the purpose of the next layer is warmth. This layer is what keeps your own body heat around you to insulate. Fleece or light-weight down jackets are both good options for this layer. You also want to keep in mind the activity you or your children will be doing while outside. If it’s cross-country skiing, you’ll be producing a lot of heat on your own so dress thinner, while if you’re bird-watching, you may want to go a little thicker.
Third Layer: Shielding
The purpose of the top layer is to reflect the elements away from your body, such as rain, wind or snow… it’s like an “outer shell”. Think the material of windbreaker jackets.
Keep Your Head Warm!
About 10% of heat loss is lost from the head. Make sure you (or your child) has a good hat, mittens/gloves, and boots.
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