LAYERS! Layers are the key to keeping your child comfortable inside and outside of the school.
First, start with a short sleeve shirt. This base layer serves in place of an undershirt, but can be worn on its own inside of the school if your child is overheated from gym class.
Second, add a long sleeve shirt. This can be removed during the school day, but is essential to have on for the walk to school and during outdoor recess.
Third: In lieu of a sweater, opt for a light weight fleece or hoodie. Children generally find fleeces to be more comfortable and less constricting than a cotton or wool sweater. It’s also the perfect choice of outerwear for temperatures above 50.
Once the morning temperature starts to drop into the 40’s, you’ll want your child to be prepared with a heavier fleece coat or a winter jacket. Of course, they don’t need the snow gear just yet, but their little hands and heads should be protected from the elements. This is why a transitional pair of cotton gloves or mittens is essential as well as a knit or fleece hat.
Finally, thermal underwear will keep your little one extra toasty warm in the evenings and while they are playing outside during the day. Thermal underwear is also a great substitute for traditional footie pajamas. Just add a pair of socks and your child will stay warm all night and not have to deal with the hassle of zipping and unzipping for a middle of the night bathroom break.