Living in Denmark has taught me countless of life lessons. Some extremely profound, while some others on the practical side of life. One of them is learning how to dress when the colder days arrive. A topic that believe it or not, can become quite a challenge for parents and even grown up adults coming from warmer corners of the world.
During these last years in this country I have come to appreciate and even love some of the most unthinkable weather forecasts. And even thought the wind and rain combination continues being my Achille’s heel, I have learned that “there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes”. A concept that Danes will make sure to constantly remind you whenever you complain about the nordic weather.
Check this list and get ready for dressing your baby/toddler, and why not yourself in some cases, during these coming seasons.
Shopping for the next six months
The inevitable end of the warm days of summer and the arrival of late sunrises and early sunsets are the mark in the calendar that reminds you the season has changed. And when living in Denmark that only means that the cold and the darkness is about to arrive… and yes… for nearly 6 months!
So in order to be prepare for this half a year ahead of us is necessary to do some basic shopping. If you child goes already to a daycare institution you’ll most surely receive the list of things they require in no time, but in case you have your baby/child at home or you are newly arrived to this northern land then this might come handy, specially with their Danish names so you can easily find them on the shops or online.
Thermo clothes (termosæt): can be found as a suit or as a set of jacket and pants. Is the official outfit for fall and spring-like days. Are worn over the normal clothes of the day.
Winter suit (flyverdragt): perhaps that one thing you should focus on. This will be your child’s outfit during all the period were temperature is below +10C. Although this is a policy from our daycare, I consider it as a pretty good general mark. Be sure to find one that is of light material for better movement, with high water resistance for days with snow and if it is from another kind just check that it has double layers in the ‘butt’ and knees areas since children tend to sit and play for a while. This double layer will prevent them getting wet in those areas. The flyverdragt is also worn on top of the normal clothes.
Rain suit (regntøj): just like the last two, this set will be the preferred one during the transitional weeks between summer and fall and winter and spring. This will be usually used over some layers of clothes underneath.
Wool underwear (uld undertøj): you can find these as onsies, short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, full suits and others. These are one of the key elements Danish parents will use in order to control the temperature of their children. The wool underwear will enable you to layer more easily under the last two items.
Winter boots (vinterstøvler) and rubber boots (gummistøvler): no need of description, but definitely a must. Some rubber boots have inner wool, in case you want to avoid buying two pairs. However, the winter ones will always be more appropriate when the snow comes as they have better and more secured soles. Daycare institutions will usually suggest to have both of them. Also a good idea if you consider they will probably get wet inside impeding you from using them two days in a row.
- Winter hat/hoddies (hue)
- Neck and head winter hat (elefanthue)
- Gloves (handsker)
- Scarf (halsterklæde) or neck warmer (halsedisse)
- Warm socks (strømper)
- Knitted sweater (striktrøje)
- Warm inside shoes (varme sutsko)
Most of these are also musts in this time of the year. Specially if your child sleeps outside, then it should always be good equipped for the naps in the cold. And even when I am a promoter of keep it cheap, try to buy several of these items. Keep if possible one of each in the house, the stroller, the daycare, the car, etc. They tend to get wet, dirty and most common of all …lost.