In Denmark it is a bit tricky to say for sure that spring has finally arrived. Somedays temperature can quickly drop, the wind can continue to have its strong personality and there might be only few flowers that are courageous enough to blossom around this time of the year, making people believe winter continues ruling around here. And additionally to the mental burden this can be for many, this situation is specially challenging for parents as they face the everyday question: “How shall I dress my children today?”
The following is a quick guide about how to solve the main problems about clothing and weather, as well as a list of those outfits that are common to be used during this coming season in Denmark.
Tackling the Danish weather requires nothing but the right gear and practice.
I’ve you had the chance to be here during the long and cold winter, then you might have already noticed that dressing children (and adults alike) in Denmark requires a master in layering. Meaning that in order to dress them properly for the changing weather outside you must know how to harmonically put one layer on top of the other so they are not too cold or too hot.
Due to the fact that there isn’t a one-rule for layering the dilemma will always be how many layers one shall put in order to reach the perfect temperature. Many parents agree that one of the most common mistakes is to overdress them as it is usually thought that is better one more layer in order to prevent the child becoming cold while playing or sleeping outside. However, their experiences demonstrate that children, and specially small babies, that are too warm tend to be fussy and restless, meaning shorter nap times and difficult interactions.
How to solve it
Tackling the Danish weather requires nothing but the right gear and practice. Reason why the most practical advise, in order to be ready for the fluctuating temperatures and the different forecasts one can face everyday, is to have at hand all the different outfits to dress your children (and yourself) on the go. But be aware that this doesn’t mean you shall have with you all the child’s wardrobe in your bag, it just means you need to have some strategic pieces that can be combined in layers in order to be able to reach the perfect state.
Note that parents and caretakers of children under 3 to 4 years old will be their thermostats, as only until that age children will begin to understand what they shall wear according to their body temperatures and external weather. If your child is unable to say accurately whether they are cold or hot with the clothes they are wearing, you can continuously check their neck and upper back for any sign of moisture or coldness, to determined if they shall have one more layer on or off.
The products for this season
Most of the heavy winter apparel, given in this guide, will be packed for several months and will be replaced for some other versatile outfits that will adapt according to the climatic condition. The following are some of the most used and even required by the daycare institutions for the months ahead:
Thermic Suit (Termotøj), a light version of the snowsuits. This is the most classic outfit for children during this season as they use it over their normal outfit. They can play outside and get a bit wet as many, if not most models, have reinforcement on the bottom and knees areas. This is a very confortable option for active children, it can be found as a set or a full body suit and it is required at childcare institutions.
Rain Set (Regntøj), as its name describes it, this outfit allows children to continue playing outdoors while being protected from the rain. Due to the thinness of most of the materials used for these sets, many parents will put them on top of the termotøj in case it’s not only rainy but also cold. This particularity will enable the jacket to be also used as a summer jacket later on. It can be found as a set or a full body suit and it is required at childcare institutions.
Summer jacket (Sommerjakke), a thinner alternative for the thick wintery jackets. Depending how many layers you put under, this is a good option to carry around.
Wool underware (Uld undertøj), the new wool options available in the market nowadays do not resemble the itchy and thick pieces one might think when wool is mentioned. In many stores in Denmark you’ll find incredibly light, easy to wash and affordable wool pieces for your children to use all year round. Due to their special features, children will be able to continue using it during warmer days as they keep the body in a right temperature, and in case of some sweat it will get absorbed preventing any risk of skin rashes.
Rubber boots (Gummistøvler), by far one of the favourite this season. The constant rain and the humidity of the sand in most playgrounds make this a great options for children to continue playing outdoors everyday. In case your child has normally cold feet, you can purchase rubber boots with inner wool soles, yet this might prevent them from using them over the summer months. Else in case you want to prolong their use ove warmer days, you can put wool socks on your kid to prevent the cold feet. It is required at childcare institutions.
Other accessories such as hats (hue), neck and head hat (elefanthue), gloves (handsker), scarf (halsterklæde) and warm socks (strømper) will continue to be part of the wardrobe during this time of the year. Specially if your child sleeps outside, then it will always be a good idea to keep yourself equipped for the naps in case they temperature gets a bit chilly. Most of these items will continue to be required in childcare institutions.