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It's freezing cold and we are told it's going to get worse, but you can't close your front door and stay inside no matter how much you want to! Children have to get to childcare, nursery, school and you need to brave the cold weather even if you (and your kids!) don't want to. Here are a few tips to make it that bit more bearable!
Wear a hat: most of your body's warmth will be lost by heat escaping through the top of your head.
Mittens: mittens are preferrable for children as they are warmer than gloves.
Warm drinks: a nice cup of hot (or warm) chocolate can be very satisfying. Try to tempt your little ones to warm up with a warm drink when they get home.
Scarf: around the neck and chest, flat against the body under the coat and another one, if you think they need it, around the back of their neck and across their face and cheeks.
Layers: dress in layers; warm air is trapped between layers and helps to insulate.
Outer layer: make sure the outermost layer is tightly woven so as to keep out the wind.
Underwear: make sure you have long sleeved vests, thick socks and even leggings over tights (or under trousers) to keep out the cold on the way to nursery. The children can always take them off once they arrive.
Keep dry: make sure your child is dry and wears waterproofs if it's raining.
Shivering: is a reflex and if you child is so cold they shiver, they need to get inside and out of the cold.