Considering all the important things you and your child both need to do throughout your day, quick and simple solutions are probably best. We’re here to help you find those solutions.
What to Wear
Layers are key. When indoors, keep them clothed in long sleeves, sweaters, pants, and socks. If you have thermal underwear, you can use that, too, putting it over your child’s diaper if he or she isn’t yet potty-trained. Your child might think it’s fun to sport a wearable blanket, which keeps them warm while allowing them to play—not to mention they look adorable!
Outdoors, make sure that they also have hats, coats, scarves, gloves or mittens, and boots. Every inch of skin should be covered. Also, be very careful when putting long, stringy items like scarves and stringed hoods on small children, as they can create some potential hazards.
What to Eat and Drink
Hot meals are more important during these cold months than they are in, say, the spring or summer. Warm liquids, such as hot chocolate or soup, can help keep your child’s body temperature at the right level, and they’re emotionally comforting to boot.
Wintertime gives you plenty of opportunities to perfect new and interesting recipes that your kids will love. If you’re in the mood for something you may not have tried before, we suggest arroz con leche, a Mexican rice pudding that can be eaten hot or cold and mixes rice with sweetened milk. Delicious!
However, it’s also crucial to make sure that your child is hydrated. Not having enough water may make him or her more susceptible to hypothermia.
What to Do
Encouraging your children to stay physically active will help them to keep warm even when they’re outside. Never underestimate the power of running around, sledding, snowboarding, skiing, or a good, old-fashioned snowball fight!
Still, don’t let down your guard. Ask your child if they feel wet or cold, and if they do, bring them inside, with a humidifier and maybe some of the warm food we previously mentioned. If he or she starts shivering, stuttering, and acting clumsily, hypothermia may be setting in, so call 911.
Most importantly, though, just have fun. Winter can be a magical season. Let yourselves enjoy it!