Be Warm, Be Safe
The right way to buckle and bundle your kids up in the winter
Learning how to bundle our babes and keep them safe in their car seats is one thing, but there are many other ways you can keep your little one safe and warm. Check out our top 5 tips for keeping them cozy!
LAYERS AND LAYERS
It's recommended that kids be dressed in one more layer than adults on a given day. But what does that mean? It means that if you're wearing your outfit and a winter jacket, your child should be wearing their outfit, a sweater, and a winter jacket or snowsuit.
When it comes to layering, you should be following these basic principles: a wicking layer (worn next to the skin like long underwear or thermal tees), an insulating layer (like a sweater), and a weather protecting layer (the exterior layer that guards against the elements).
It's hard to give up that glorious winter playtime, but the more time spent outside, the more likelihood there will be injuries. Most accidents happen when kids are tired from trudging through the snow and the colder temperatures also contributes to slowing things in their body down. Encourage your little ones to come inside at least once an hour to warm up, fuel up, and change any wet clothing for dry ones to help keep them warmer.
THE RIGHT FIT
Waterproof winter boots are a must through spring, but make sure they're the right fit. When trying them on, make sure your child has enough room at the end of their big toe and can wiggle their toes. This will make sure you can fit on an extra pair of socks if need be, and also provide some circulation inside the boot which helps to keep toes warmer. Boots that are too tight will not only be uncomfortable, but will also be dangerous.
ON THE ROAD
Car seat manufacturers know that fluffy coats and snowsuits can be a liability, so they develop their own gear to help keep children cozy. What’s even better, is that this gear undergoes safety tests and meets all safety standards—just like the car seat itself. For example, Britax B-Warm Insulated Car Seat Cover provides a soft interior and weather-proof exterior to protect your babe from the elements. It has flip-up sides for easy access, and doesn't cover the all-important straps and back of the head.
Follow these simple tips and you'll be warm, safe and happy all winter long!