Mamas & Papas: Dressing Your Kids for Winter Play (& More!)

It’s cold outside! Time to think about dressing warmly for the cold weather.

For many of us who have lived in this area for years, dressing for the weather is instinctive, but for those coming from warmer climates or even considering dressing a baby for the first time, you want to get it right. Here’s a quick list to help new parents who are dressing kiddos for the winter weather.

Think Layers!
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. A base layer is the first and closest to the skin, layer—ideally, a snug fitting, wool or quick drying synthetic fabric that can wick moisture and maintain a level of warmth when combined with a middle layer. The middle layer is the insulating layer that covers the base layer, often wool or fleece; depending on the intensity of weather, this layer can be repeated. The final layer, the outer layer, is the layer that protects your child from wind, snow, and rain—the waterproof layer that ideally provides room to move and space for layering. A snowsuit (jacket and pants combined) or bibs (overalls-type snow pants) are a good choice to keep snow from getting into the layers underneath.

Think Toes, Fingers, Head, and Ears!
Cover up the extremities to reduce the chance of frostbite—mittens that extend up the arm (both to make them more difficult to remove and more difficult for snow to get to the fingers), a hat that covers the ears and has a Velcro strap for under the chin, wool socks, and waterproof/insulated boots.

Think Extra Clothes!
It’s always smart to have a bag with extra, dry clothes available—socks, pants, shirt, gloves/mittens. Just in case. Especially socks. In a pinch, an extra pair of socks can even be used as a pair of gloves.

And Remember these Customer Favorites!

  • Weleda’s Calendula Weather Protection Cream: Great for anyone, adult or child, engaged in outdoor activities. From snowboarding and winter hiking to sledding and January trips to the playground, this product provides effective protection for the skin against wind and cold.
  • Baby Carrot’s Borage Butter Eczema Cream: Another product that was touted by Co-op staff and members as great for both adult and child dry skin, especially during the cold winter months.
  • Gaia Kids’ Black Elderberry Syrup: Many Co-op families use this product as both a preventative and a treatment for flu symptoms. (Note: There is little research to support this product as a preventative to the flu.)
  • Boiron’s Chestal: This is a very popular, homeopathic, multi-symptom formula that is popular for chest congestion. Because honey is one of the ingredients, there is a 2+ age recommendation on the label.
  • Natural Factors Vitamin D3 for Kids: Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and is synthesized by the body through adequate sun exposure and dietary sources like fish and eggs. These tasty little vitamins can provide a vitamin D boost for kiddos during winter months when it’s more difficult to find quality time in the sunshine.

Mamas and Papas Topics for December:

  • December 7: Cooking with a Crockpot
  • December 14: How to Manage the Holidays with Children
  • December 21: Open Discussion. Family Check-in. Bring questions/topics that you would like to discuss
  • December 28: Holiday—No Meeting

When: Mondays from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Where: Uma Center (414 S Jefferson St, Moscow—corner of 5th and Jefferson)
Who: All interested participants are encouraged to attend!

Each Mamas and Papas Group Meeting features a speaker on a topic that is relevant to expectant parents or parents of children up to two years of age. Childcare assistance will be provided by Co-op volunteers during the meeting. The Co-op Outreach Team will be there with refreshments and samples. We hope to see you in December!