Getting your child to wear winter clothes can be a challenge if they start crying or throwing tantrums. They may be doing so because the clothes they are wearing are uncomfortable or overheating their body. To tackle the situation, here are some tips on how to get your toddlers dressed during winter.
1. Choose comfortable fabric
Some winter clothes can be scratchy and rough and can cause your child discomfort. Choose clothes that are lined with soft material like fleece or flannel. Fabrics good for toddler also include cotton, wool and faux fur. Do not forget to cut tags off the collar or inner lining for your child’s comfort.
2. Moisturise the skin
Dry skin during winter can cause irritation and itchiness. Before putting on winter clothes, moisturise your child’s skin properly. A hypo-allergic lotion can keep your little one’s skin hydrated for a longer duration.
3. Dress your child in thin layers
Instead of getting your toddler dressed in very heavy clothes, get them to put on two to three thin layers of clothing, which can trap heat and keep kids warmer. Each layer should be comfortable and not restrict their movement.
4. Choose clothes that are easy to pull on
Your child may feel uncomfortable if the clothes are too tight around the neck or are difficult to button. Dress them in sweaters with loose collars that can be easily pulled on.
5. Choose a cap that will not fall off easily
To cover the head, choose a cap that can cover your child’s ears and can be fastened under the chin. This will prevent your child from pulling it off but make sure it is not too tight for them.
6. Allow your child to pick the clothes
Your child may throw less tantrums if you get them to pick and choose from the winter clothes to wear. Set out clothes of a variety of colours to get them to feel that they are making an important decision and have control over the process.
7. Get them to wear warm mittens
Instead of gloves, choose warm mittens that are long enough to easily slide on and can cover the wrists completely.
8. Do not rush, take time to get them dressed
Your child may get restless and resist if you try to rush in getting your child dressed. Set aside enough time to help your child wear the clothes.
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