Kids need at least an hour of physical activity each day and that doesn’t change even when it’s cold outside! Though you might be able to find alternative exercise options inside, some days you may just need to bundle up the kids and send them to the backyard. With a little bit of knowledge and by planning ahead, you can keep your kids warm while they play outside even on some of the coldest days of the year – especially here in Middle Tennessee! Here are some great tips we’ve compiled:

– Layer, layer, layer! You’ll want a base layer to keep them dry, a middle layer for warmth and an outside layer for protection from the elements. And if that’s not enough, you can certainly even add another middle layer! Note that the innermost layer should be made of a material other than cotton since cotton tends to soak up sweat instead of wicking it away from the skin, making kids feel colder faster. The outermost layer should be both breathable and water resistant – especially if they’ll be playing in the snow.

– Don’t neglect their hands and feet. Use the layering plan there, too: on their hands layering an inner mitten or glove under a waterproof set will provide the most protection. On their feet, warm, non-cotton socks inside of snow boots are the best option.

– Keep their heads warm. Warmth escapes quickly through their heads, so make sure they’re always wearing a hat that covers their ears and will stay securely on their heads.

– Give them room to move. Thin layers work best since kids who feel restricted won’t want to move very much, defeating the purpose of getting them bundled up in the first place! This is especially true for younger kids, so consider bundling them up less but limiting their time outdoors.

– Have extra clothes on hand. If it’s wet or snowy outside, you may need some extra clothes on hand, especially gloves and socks. Keep some extra pairs handy so you can make the change quickly and send them back outside!

– Know when to say when. No matter how bundled up your kids are, if the temperature is below freezing, you need to keep a mindful eye on everyone. Watch for kids who aren’t moving much and take seriously any complaints about cold extremities!

By using the advice above, you should be able to keep your kids warm even when the weather is less than ideal. We hope you – and your kids – enjoy your outdoor playtime this winter!

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