If you are looking for some tips on how to best dress your baby for your trip to the snow, you’ve come to the right place. As the family grows, choosing the right baby clothes for the first trip with an infant to the snow can be a real challenge for parents. The most important thing is that all of you enjoy the holidays in the snow and that the experience is pleasant for the smallest of the house.
It is important to know what baby clothes to choose so that your tot does not get cold walking or playing in the snow. Below you will find a series of tips suitable for all budgets, to dress your baby and make their experience in the snow a success.
Wrap them up well! Prevent your baby from being cold
The little ones constantly enjoy and experiment with their surroundings. This play is exponential in the snow. If you go to the snow, your baby will most likely want to come into contact with it and play with it. Therefore, we must make sure that they are wearing the most suitable baby clothes. We want to provide protection from cold and humidity.
Do you take your baby to the snow? Dress them in layers!
When it comes time to choosing the right baby clothes, it is advisable to use more than one layer to be sure that they do not get cold. It is best to first use one shirt to eliminate moisture, then an intermediate layer that serves to maintain body temperature and finally an outer one to protect them from the wind and heat.
We must always be attentive to how they are feeling. If they are experiencing some cold, we can solve that problem by adding more layers. On the contrary if they are sweating, we must remove the intermediate layer to avoid the accumulation of humidity and perspiration which could end up making them feel cold.
It is important that the first layer you use fights moisture and insulates from the cold. You should avoid baby clothes made with cotton, as this material keeps moisture. The best materials to remove moisture are synthetics such as polyester and polypropylene, among others.
Undergarments make body temperatures easier to maintain. So, this garment is an absolute must when you take your baby to the snow. Thermals should always be fitted well to the body. In the case of babies, it is not so easy to find the right sizes. It should be breathable and dry quickly so that they don’t get damp.
Thermal underwear for children is normally made from three fabrics: cotton, polyester and elastane. These make the baby clothes very light and elastic. They provide a feeling of coziness, softness and provide a pleasant warmth for the baby.
Look for absorbent, breathable and antibacterial fabrics: the goal is for the material to efficiently absorb the baby’s perspiration. Sometimes you can find some fabrics that are impregnated with antibacterial silver ions, which also serve to eliminate bad odors.
Try to ensure that the first layer of clothing has flat seams that eliminate friction and the dreaded irritations. The breathable material helps sweat and moisture evaporate quickly.
Thermal inner pants
As with t-shirts, the first layer of pants has to be thermal in order to help maintain the temperature of the whole body. Equally the material should be seamless, breathable and antibacterial. There is the option of dressing your baby in a one piece, but we consider it more useful to dress up your baby in two pieces. This is mainly to be able to change the diaper without having to undress them completely.
Contact with the snow is inevitable, so you have to be sure that your baby is wearing waterproof clothing. It is very important to differentiate between waterproof clothing and water-resistant clothing. Clothing that is only water-resistant is much less effective at preventing water from seeping through. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid it and stick with only waterproof clothing.
In any case, if your baby is only a few months old, the maximum contact they should have with the snow will be to sit on it and touch it. It is important to not let them sit in the snow for a long time. It is best to hold them frequently, firstly, to moderate the cold and, secondly, to check that they are dry.
We must not forget that when playing with the snow it is very likely that your baby will end up getting wet. For this reason, you have to look for pants that are not only waterproof but that also protect from the wind. With snow pants like these and the previously mentioned thermal pants, your little one will be completely protected and able to enjoy a day in the snow.
See that the pants have a plastic protector at the bottom and remember to always put it on your baby over the boots to prevent snow from entering the inside of the footwear.
By the way, don’t forget to bring a change, with babies you never know!
Jacket or jumpsuit for your baby
So far, we have managed to dress our baby with plenty of inner layers to keep them warm, but we can’t forget to choose the right coat. This, along with snow pants and gloves, will be the garments that will be in contact with the snow the most.
It is recommended that the coat you choose covers below the waist and has a hood and high collar. This way you will be able to protect your baby’s face and neck from the cold. Of course, this garment must be waterproof since it will be in charge of protecting you from the snow.
You also have the option of a full jumpsuit, instead of wearing two pieces. This will protect your baby from humidity, wind and cold. There are very useful overalls, with a zipper on the inside of the legs that allow the piece to be completely opened at the bottom, facilitating the baby’s diaper change, without having to undress them completely. The biggest advantage of a one-piece overall is that they are usually very warm and very difficult to get snow inside.
Accessories for dressing your baby in the snow
Finally, you should not forget to warm your baby’s hands, feet and face, since they are areas where we give off a lot of heat. For these extemities, we advise you to use the following garments:
Winter boots and wool socks
A good winter boot must be made to withstand low temperatures and fully insulated to prevent water from entering. However, you must make sure that they are not too tight either. This can cause bad blood flow which can lead to a loss of blood and heat to these areas.
The fine, irritation-free fibers of merino wool have virtually replaced the rough wool socks that your parents may have used. The biggest advantage of merino wool socks is that they are thermostatic, and regulate the temperature. Plus, wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water, which means your baby’s feet will stay dry longer.
When choosing socks, make sure they are made of 100% wool to avoid moisture accumulation in those areas. You can also use lycra, polypropylene, silk and other material, but always avoid cotton.
It is very important that you do not put more than one sock on it because you will only make the little one feel uncomfortable.
Hat and panties
When choosing a hat, you must be sure that it will cover his or her ears without problems and that it is the perfect size for their head.
It is very important that you do not use scarves to protect your baby’s neck, as there may be a risk of suffocation. The ideal garment to protect your neck from the cold would be neck warmers or tube scarves.
Mittens instead of gloves
To protect our baby’s hands from the cold, it is better to use mittens rather than gloves. Make sure the mittens you choose are thick, insulating, and waterproof. These will make them feel more comfortable and very importantly, the mitten-type gloves are easier to put on than the classic five-finger ones. At this point it should be noted that it is essential to bring two pairs of gloves, one for playing in the snow, and the other for to change after.
Finally, remember to protect their eyes with glasses and put sunscreen on, even if the day is cloudy.
Being in contact with the pure mountain air is very good for babies and by following these tips to protect them from the cold, both you and them can enjoy a fun and carefree day in the snow.