How to Keep Your Kids Warm in Winter

Keeping yourself warm when the temperature drops is challenging enough. Knowing exactly how to dress your kids for the cold weather is another challenge. How can you know they're staying warm in the snow? Do they have the right kind of jacket? Do last year's gloves still fit?

The tips for keeping kids warm in winter are nearly the same for adults, with a few modifications here and there. To ensure your child is protected from the elements, you'll want to cover their extremities. Try to also have them dress in layers and make sure they're wearing quality outerwear for maximum protection and fun.

Cover Extremities 

Some of the most crucial areas to cover are the extremities: hands, feet, and head. Did you know the blood vessels in your ears begin to constrict as the temperature drops? You probably know from experience that cold hands and feet are more noticeable than other parts of your body getting cold. To keep hands mobile and feet from feeling uncomfortable, cover your child's extremities adequately. 

Use Hats 

One way to combat the cold around the ears and head is by adding our extra warm beanie into your child's cold weather wear. Choose a hat with a moisture-wicking material such as fleece to make sure things don't get sweaty. For optimal warmth, choose a beanie that will cover their ears. They'll be less distracted from the wind as they play and feel even warmer throughout their body.

Try Adding a Neckwarmer 

If you're in frigid conditions, you'll want as much protection as possible from the elements. Especially if you're planning on engaging in a rigorous snow activity such as snowboarding, appropriate high-quality undergarments are essential. A neckwarmer can keep your neck at a comfortable temperature and isn't bulky under your ski jacket. 

Include Gloves they Love 

Young kids don't always love wearing hats, shoes, and gloves. It can be challenging to make sure they continue wearing each of these articles as they play. One way to help guarantee that they'll wear gloves is to have them help pick them out. Get your child's input on the style of glove they'd like to wear. They'll be more likely to keep them on. 

Consider a Balaclava 

If you're interested in a neckwarmer that's even more heavy-duty, consider having your child wear a balaclava. It's an excellent substitution for the well-known ski mask. Have your child wear this cold weather accessory to add a layer of warmth to their neck, head, and ears. It will make all the difference in extreme temperatures.

Dress Them in Layers

By far, the most intuitive solution for staying warm as the weather cools down is to dress in layers. It may be a hassle to dress multiple children in several layers. These layers will give them the support they need to remain comfortable playing outside or walking home from the bus stop. Begin with a warm base layer, then choose a thin mid-layer and a protective outer layer for maximum protection.

Start with Warm Underwear and Tights 

The key to dressing in layers is to begin with a comfortable first layer. As a foundation for their outfit, you'll want to provide your children with our quality underwear that fit them right. You also may want to add a layer of moisture-wicking leggings or our girl's tights under everything. Sweat in cold weather is miserable, so make sure your child's socks are moisture-wicking to prevent their feet from getting sweaty. 

Add a Comfortable Mid-Layer 

Adding the right mid-layer takes skill. Will the temperature be spiking in the afternoon, or will it remain freezing throughout the day? When the forecast shows that temperatures may rise mid-day, your child may be safe to wear a thin, warm sweater under their jacket and jeans. This way, they can easily remove their jacket to keep from getting too warm. 

Invest in Protective Outerwear 

You already planned their beanie, gloves, base layer, and mid-layer. Suppose you live somewhere where extreme snow and ice are typical weather patterns. In that case, your child should have appropriate outerwear as well. Consider prioritizing quality protective jackets and ski pants for your child to wear in snow activities. 

Weather-Resistant Ski Pants 

Maybe your family has a ski trip in Colorado planned for spring vacation this year. You'll want to show up prepared to have the most fun. To ensure your child has everything they need to try out skiing, invest in protective ski pants that fit them well. This pair we offer is an excellent choice if you're new to children's ski wear. 

Keep Them Cozy in a Warm Jacket 

You might not be used to dressing for the extreme cold. If your child previously relied on a zip-up cotton jacket, that won't be enough for frigid temperatures. The cotton zip-up is adequate for their mid-layer. For a durable outer layer, try investing in our wind-proof, water-resistant jacket to keep them secure through harsh winter weather. 

Other Things to Keep in Mind

While you brainstorm the perfect cold-weather clothing and accessories for your little one, there are a few tips that would benefit you to remember. Not every sweater or jacket makes for appropriate winter clothing. It's essential to pick the right pieces for each layer as you dress your child. Keep these tips in mind to pick cold-weather basics that become favorites for your little one. 

Stick with Moisture-Wicking Fabrics 

Being cold is miserable. What's even more unpleasant is adding sweat to the mix. Sweaty feet, palms, or heads on a cold day can cause your children to be uncomfortable under all their clothes. To solve this problem, choose only moisture-wicking materials for any clothing article that will make direct contact with your child's skin. Wool and fleece are examples of warm, moisture-wicking fabrics. 

Stay Away from Bulky Articles of Clothing 

A chilly fall day in September would require different clothing than a severe winter day in January. In the fall, you might be able to get away with sending your child out to play in a bulky sweater, jeans, and tennis shoes. When you dress your child in layers for the winter, you'd want to avoid any extra bulk. Instead, choose thin, warm sweaters for your child's mid-layer that will fit snugly under their outer jacket. 

High-Quality Sustainable Outerwear 

While you're looking for the best outerwear, keep in mind that our clothing is sustainably-made with the best materials. We have you covered, from beanies to balaclavas. We'll keep your child warm in affordable clothing that they'll love. Whether you're buying quality boy's underwear or a heavy-duty weather-proof jacket, you can trust that the pieces you receive will last for years.


One terrific way to ensure your child is warm enough in their winter clothes is to ask them directly. Do they often get sweaty under all their layers? Do their hands feel numb when they play outside? Talk with them about adding quality pieces from Mallary by Matthew into their winter wardrobe. When your child helps you pick out their trustworthy winter gloves, they just might remember to wear them as they walk out the door. 



Why You Need to Keep Your Ears Warm This Winter | Med Express 

How to dress to stay warm when it’s super cold | Washington Post 

How to Effectively Layer Up and Stay Warm This Winter | Life Hacker