How to Dress Kids for Snow: 8 Tips to Avoid Tantrums

How to Dress Kids for Snow: 8 Tips to Avoid Tantrums

Winter is such an awesome time for kids—think snowmen, tobogganing, and epic snowball fights. But getting a wiggly kid dressed for the snow? That’s a whole different adventure. 

Kids are little balls of energy, so they can overheat in a snap if overdressed, yet they’re also more vulnerable to the cold. Tricky, right? Well, we’ve been through it all, so let us share the secrets to dressing kids for the snow and keeping those tantrums at bay.


1. Layering is key

The Base Layer

Start with the base layer. Go for moisture-wicking materials like merino wool. These thermal fabrics pull sweat away from their skin, so your little shredders don’t end up cold and clammy. 

The Insulating Layer

Next, you need an insulating layer. Think fleece or down jackets. This layer traps body heat in. As your kids heat up, this can be the first layer to take off.

The Outer Layer

Finally, the outer layer. This is where you break out the kids' snow jacket and kids' snow pants. Make sure they’re waterproof and breathable. You want to keep the wet stuff out but let sweat escape.


2. Ditch the Cotton Socks

Throw those cotton socks back in the drawer where they belong. They may be a good choice for school but not so much for the snow. Cotton is known to hold moisture which can make little feet colder. Merino wool socks are the way to go. They wick moisture away and keep feet warm even when wet. Plus, they’re friendlier on the planet.


3. Label Everything

As you know, kids are pros at losing stuff. Use waterproof labels or a permanent marker to label every piece of clothing. This can save a lot of frustration and prevent those meltdowns over missing gear, especially amongst the mayhem of kids ski school.


4. Mitts are easier than gloves

Don’t forget kids' snow gloves. We opt for mittens over gloves. They are warmer than gloves because fingers generate more heat when they are together. Plus, mitts are easier to get on wiggly little fingers.

A quick tip: Look for fun designs like our Totally Wild Mitt. When you make dressing for the snow fun and exciting, it will help ward off tears down the track.


5. Teach Independence

As soon as they’re old enough, teach your kids how to put on their snow gear themselves. Start with easy tasks like putting on their own beanies and gloves, then gradually move to more complex items like boots and jackets.

Not only does this foster independence, but it also speeds up the dressing process.


6. The One-Size-Up Trick

Here’s a little-known tip: consider buying snow gear one size up. It gives your mini-me room to grow and you can add more layers underneath. Just don’t go too big, or the cold air will sneak in. If you're going to size up, a kids' one-piece suit is a great option over a snow jacket and pant combo.


7. The Magic of Zippered Vents

Often, kids' snow jackets and pants will come with zippered vents. These are undeniably genius for regulating temperature.

If your little one starts to overheat after an epic snowball fight, all you need to do is open the vents to let out some of that heat. All without removing any layers.


8. Plan Ahead for Easy Transitions

Getting kids in and out of their snow gear can be a hassle, especially if you're making multiple trips in and out of the house. It's a good idea to set up a dedicated space near the door with hooks, bins, or shelves for all the different pieces of snow gear. This makes it easy for kids to know where everything goes and also helps keep your accommodation tidy, and your sanity in place.


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Dressing kids for snow doesn’t have to be a battle. With the right gear, a few clever tricks, and a bit of planning, you can keep your little shredders warm and happy, all day long.

So, gear up, get outside, and make some snowy memories together.

See you out there.