Dressing in Layers: A How-To for You!

We get it. Knowing how to dress your Little Lexplorer to match the weather conditions outside is challenging, to say the least. Even when you do know what gear to assemble, actually getting the clothing on their body is an even greater challenge! Unfortunately, we can’t come over and dress your child; however, we can take some of the guesswork out of what clothing combinations are best for various weather conditions. Snow, rain, intense heat, mysterious fog (well, maybe not that one) – we have you covered! We have created a master plan for the most common weather conditions which will make getting your family out the door fast and painless.

We’re going to start with a simple, yet effective pro-tip. We like to call it The Golden Rule, if you will. Here it is: LAYERS! Say it with us: LAYERS! Layers offer pockets of warmth, protection from the wind, and freedom for your child to self-regulate their comfort while playing outside.

Here is a cheat sheet for cold weather layering that will help take the mystery out of dressing your child before they venture into the great outdoors.

  • The first layer (base layer) should be a top and bottom made of wool, silk, thermal underwear, or ‘Heat Tech’. Don’t forget your fleece or wool socks!
  • The second layer should be warm pants and top, and fleece is great.
  • Layer three should be a light jacket.
  • The fourth layer should be a snow suit (to keep bodies warm) and a heavy coat.
  • In addition, you’ll need your outer winter gear:

I’ve created a handy printable list to help you remember what you’ll need to bring! Click this link to print a PDF version, or print the graphic below.

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