Perhaps spring is the best season of the year. Nature is waking up, the sun is shining and everyone’s heading out to spend some quality time in the sun. Clearly, children are the most enthusiastic of all when it comes to this matter and that’s great. The only problem is the uncertainty of the weather conditions that gives parents headaches. Is it going to rain? How strong is the wind? If it’s cloudy, which jacket to choose? The main problem is the fact that the weather can change several times during one outdoor session and you don’t want your child to freeze, but you also don’t want them to sweat and then catch a cold once it gets chillier. How can you be prepared for anything that might happen with the weather in springtime?
When your child is still young, they can’t really tell what is bothering them. For instance, babies sometimes cry even though they are fed and well-rested and the problem is actually some sort of discomfort that can often stem from uncomfortable clothes. You should do your best to buy your child clothes that are soft and pleasant for the skin. This is particularly important when they go outside or when they’re supposed to spend time being active. They shouldn’t wear anything tight or skin-irritating.
Cotton is the best
While we’re on the subject of skin irritation, there are many materials that cause discomfort for people. If you find wool irritating, for instance, you simply won’t wear any woollen clothes. Unfortunately, babies and toddlers can’t say and they can’t even tell what exactly the problem is until they’re older and mature enough. This is why it’s best to go with cotton as it’s a natural material that feels good against the skin and reacts well with temperature changes, allowing the skin to breathe at all times. Truth be told, a baby clothing store usually has cotton clothes, so it’s quite a natural choice.
Some of the elementary hazards when it comes to exposing your kid to spring weather conditions include getting a cold and ear infections. This is why you need to make sure your little one always wears a cap that covers the ears. Regardless of which jacket they wear or if they wear one at all, a cap is a definite must. It’s also advisable to put sunscreen on your kids’ skin. Even though the spring sun isn’t particularly strong, the skin is very sensitive after the winter and your children may even end up sunburnt and that is something you definitely want to avoid.
Layers, layers, layers
When the weather is as fickle as in spring, one should wear several layers in order to be able to adjust to the weather at all times. It’s equally bad for your child to be overdressed as it is for them to be underdressed. This is why you should have them wear several shirts, a sweater over them and a jacket on top. You can even consider leggings underneath the pants. As long as you bring a large bag with you, you’ll be able to keep up with all the dressing and undressing during an afternoon out.
It’s always the hardest with the youngest ones. However, there’s no reason to be afraid. You know your child best. As long as you give them all your attention and care, you’ll know how they feel in which moments. Apart from checking the weather forecast first, make sure to have all the equipment when going outdoors and be firm when it comes to taking their hat or jacket off. You need to be in charge as they’re too young to decide on their own.