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How should children dress for walking?

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How should children dress for walking?

Dressing children for a walk – this is the bane of many parents. Because maybe it’s too cold, or maybe it’s too warm, should I put a cap on my head or maybe it’s better not to – these questions come to everyone’s mind. So it’s worth knowing how to dress your kids so they don’t get sick

Dressing children for a walk is a river topic. On the Internet forums you can find a lot of disputes between moms arguing about what to put on their toddlers. And it is not so difficult and complicated. All you need is appropriate and, above all, professional knowledge, to make sure that the child is neither too hot, nor too cold

We tend to overheat our children

It turns out that many mothers unfortunately overheat their children. And they do not do it absolutely on purpose, but rather out of concern so that their child does not get cold. This applies especially to infants, who even in summer wear several layers of clothes and are covered with a blanket. Besides, our mothers and grandmothers, who would put winter caps on their grandchildren all year round, convince us that the baby always has to be thickly dressed

It turns out that it is better to dress the child too lightly, than too thickly. Surprising? And yet. So say the experts. Of course it’s not about extreme situations and putting on a child a single bodysuit in bitterly cold weather. However, it is worth knowing that overheating brings long-term effects, and what’s more, not many moms are aware that overheating may not only lower the baby’s immunity, but also increases the risk of crib death. Besides, a child when it is cold – quickly signals it by crying, and when it is hot – reacts much later

Basic rules of dressing a baby

There is one rule, which should be followed while dressing your child. You should put the toddler one layer of clothing more than yourself. Of course there are also exceptions here, everything should be approached rationally. Because if we dress ourselves in such a way that we carry the jacket in our hand, it does not mean that we should dress the child even thicker. However, if we feel that in given clothes it is not too warm and not too cold, we can be sure, that by adding one more layer for the child, it will also be perfect for him. This rule, however, applies only to newborns and infants. Older children should be dressed in the same way as themselves. Remember that toddlers are very mobile, so dressing them thicker is a certainty, that they will sweat. That is why in summer, when we go for a walk, we can even afford to dress our offspring lighter than ourselves – how so? Well, remember that we are sitting on a bench while our child is playing with other children, jumping or playing ball. Then it’s better to give him an extra coat when we get home so he doesn’t get cold

Touch the nape of the neck

Check your baby’s body temperature not by touching his hands, feet or nose but by touching his neck. If you feel that the neck is cool, put on an extra layer of clothing; if it’s hot, take it off. Of course, be aware that after playing in the yard, jumping and running the neck may be hot, although the child is not dressed too thickly.

Cap – with it? Or without it?

Many disputes among parents also arouse a cap, especially on the heads of infants. If it is very warm, then there is no point in putting on even the cotton one. And attention – specialists emphasize that a warm wind is no indication to put it on. There is no need to be afraid that the lack of headgear will cause ear infections. This ailment does not come from “winding”, which is worth reading about. Hats are put on if it is really quite chilly, and the wind is cold and unpleasant

Read also: See the most fashionable winter boots for children. Perfect for playing in the snow!

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