Staying Warm and Dry In Cold Weather

Winter is fast approaching and if you live in a climate like I do it is getting cold. So how can you ensure that your kids and yourself stay warm and dry while outside? Read on for some valuable tips that will keep your warm and cozy no matter the weather.

Layering is important. Even though it is cold as you play outside your body will generate its own heat and you will soon feel too warm. So you can simply remove a layer until it is needed again.

Avoid wearing cotton clothing right next to your skin. If you sweat while outside the cotton clothing will trap and retain the moisture. This will cause you to feel chilly, especially if the temperature drops or wind picks up. Instead wear synthetic fabrics, which keep sweat away from your skin and keep you dry.

For your next layer choose something that is lightweight and dries quickly. Fleece is a great choice because it gives you needed warmth and insulation without a lot of bulk.

Outer layers should be more weather resistant. A coat, windbreaker, or jacket that can block out rain, wind, or snow is important. It helps if the item has vents to avoid trapping too much heat.

A hat is extremely important. You lose 40% of your body heat through your head. A baseball cap works well if temperatures aren’t too cold. On colder days try a hat that covers your ears as well. I like to place a hat on my children’s heads instead of their hood, because their hood always falls off.

Fingers get cold easily and quickly because they are so far from the heart. So a pair of warm gloves is essential. Glove liners can also be used and then removed when not needed.

For the feet try a pair of boots. The most important thing is that they are waterproof. Insulated boots will help ensure that your child’s toes don’t get cold. But you can always put two layers of socks on; make sure one is insulated, to combat this problem.

Remember these tips the next time you send your little one out into the cold and they will thank you as they are toasty warm and their friends are not.

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About Teresa McEntire

Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Families.com. Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.

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