The weather outside is frightful. But your kids still want to play. With lots of snow on the ground, the need in the heart of every child to build snowmen, snow forts, go sledding, and produce snow angels take precedence over commonsense. While the temperatures are perfect for Frosty the Snowman, your children need to protect themselves from frigid wind and cold to enjoy winter time fun.
Dress your child carefully by using layers. Start with long johns or spandex under pants and shirts. Double their socks. Add layers of hoodies, sweatshirts or sweaters under their coat. If you don’t have snowpants then add another layer of pants. If they are waterproof, even better, allowing for longer play time.
Gloves and extra socks
Heavy well-fitting, water-proof gloves are best. If you can add additional pair of gloves or better yet mittens over a pair of gloves your child’s hands will stay warmer. Hands and feet are farthest from the heart and cool the fastest. Be sure those double-socked feet are in water-proof lined boots.
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Add sunscreen to prevent wind burn, a stocking cap under a hood or additional hat. A hooded facemask or a scarf around the face keeps the lungs warm. And sunglasses help protect your child’s eyes from light reflecting off the snow.
Limit time outside
Now that your child is will protected with layers, be sure to keep track of how long they are outside. Some children get so engrossed in play they become oblivious to the cold. It may be best to go outside with them to monitor when the cold is penetrating the warm layers. .It is better to allow your child a few times a day of short play periods outside rather than an extended period.
Back into the warmth
Once your child is back inside, be sure to have a change of clothes handy. Remove all layers and rub your child down with a towel to restore circulation. Change their clothes and offer them a warm drink or soup. Don’t be surprised if your child feels a need for a nap after playing in the cold.
Following these guidelines will help make your child’s playtime in the snow safer.
What are some additional suggestions to keep your child warm on a frigid day?