In Denmark it gets a bit tricky to say for sure that spring has finally arrived. Somedays temperature can quickly drop, the wind continues having its strong personality and only few flowers are courageous enough to blossom around, making people believe winter continues ruling around here. This situation can complicate sometimes the certainty of knowing how to dress our children to face the changing weather.
The following is a quick guide on those outfits that are common to be used during this coming period of time in Denmark.
I’ve you had the chance to be here during the long and cold winter, then you might have already noticed that dressing children in Denmark requires a master in layering. Meaning that in order to dress them properly to the weather outside you must know how to harmonically put one layer after the other so they are not too cold or too hot.
Many parents have agreed that this last situation tend to be the most common among the two of them, because they tend to think that is better one more layer to prevent the child becoming cold while playing or sleeping outside, than basically they being cold and probably getting sick. But their experiences show 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
We have mentioned already, this time of the years is challenging due to the fluctuating temperatures and forecasts everyday. The solution off course, is to be ready with different alternatives to dress up your child as you go. Parents and caretakers of children under 3 to 4 years old, will be their thermostats as only until that age they will begin to understand what they shall wear according to their body temperatures and external weather.
Be aware that this doesn’t mean you shall have with you all the child’s wardrobe in your bag, it just means to have some strategic pieces that can be combined in layers in order to be able to reach the perfect state.
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 to 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 will be packed for several months and will be replaced for some other versatile outfits that will adapt according to the climatic condition. Some ideas to those clothing pieces you can take out during the coming months are:
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, as many have reinforcement on the bottom and knees areas, and its a very confortable option for active children. It can be found as a set or a full body suit. 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 will use 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 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 at the sand 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. Else in case you want to prolong their use over the summer or warmer days, you can put wool socks to 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 will continue to be required in childcare institutions.
Now, let’s get prepared and plan some lighter days ahead!