In Ireland having four seasons in one day isn’t unusual; it could be bright, warm and sunny in the morning and by the afternoon it could be cold, wet and windy. One minute you’re wearing sunglasses, the next you want to snuggle up by the fire. However, there’s one thing you can guarantee, your kids will want to play outside…
Here’s how you can dress your kids and make their wardrobe work whatever the weather may be outside.
Cotton is great when it’s warm because it’s so comfortable and breathable, but if it gets wet it takes ages to dry. It can therefore leave your little ones feeling chilly. For that reason, if it’s raining out or the kids are playing with water, it’s a fabric to avoid. Stick on a top made of fleece underneath their waterproof and even if it does get wet (e.g if they undo their coat), it will dry fast.
It’s All In The Jeans
Again, cotton shorts, skirts or trousers are perfect for sunny weather, but jeans are a "no, no" if it’s damp or wintery outside as they’ll stay damp and heavy. If you have a young child with a penchant for puddle jumping you won’t regret investing in a puddle suit made of polyester. They can enjoy playing outside to their heart's content and you can enjoy the fact that it’s machine washable afterwards!
Snow Weather, Snow Problem
If we get snow, you could dress your kids by upgrading the puddle suit to a snowsuit. A snowsuit should be heavyweight, and a fleece lining will keep them cosy no matter how cold it is. Additional desirable features are a hood that stays up securely and a water repellent finish. If you can find one that’s made from 100% recycled polyester, that’s another plus!
Three Little Kittens Lost Their Mittens
It can be tricky to convince toddlers to wear their hats and gloves, so involving them in picking them out is a good idea. Mittens work best for young kids as they’re both warmer and easier to put on. Go for a waterproof version if there’s a chance they’ll be throwing snowballs! Hats should cover their ears and one made of wool or fleece will keep their heads extra warm. A velcro fastening under their chin will keep it in place - that is unless they’re really determined.
The Sun Has Got His Hat On!
Come spring, if you haven’t already, everyone will be searching for their sunglasses. My youngest hates having the sun in his eyes when he’s trying to play so I’ve already promised him we’ll pick out his first pair. I’ll be happy if I can find a robust pair with flexible frames that won’t need replacing anytime soon and he’ll be happy if they feature one of his favourite superheroes!