(Goblin is 40 months)
In January Goblin started a Rugby class. For the first month it was held indoors. Goblin doesn't do well with lots of noise and people, so the echoey sports hall wasn't very conducive to him enjoying the class. So we were really pleased when the coach told us that we'd be starting to train outside in February.
The only problem is it is really cold in February. And we were going to be outside for at least an hour, and Goblin needed to be able to move freely. So we had to dress him appropriately.
I think a common mistake is to pop a big coat on a small child and think they will stay warm. If you are lucky it might do the job, but often big coats are bulky and inhibit movement (same goes for snow suits on toddlers). A waterproof outer layer is important if its wet, but otherwise the most important layers, I think, are the base layers.
Good thermal underwear is inexpensive and really great for small kids because it allows them ease of movement and is as comfy as pyjamas. We got ours from Mountain Warehouse.
On top of the long sleeved thermal top and leggings we put Goblin in a long sleeved t-shirt and then a jumper. On his bottom we put jogging bottoms and two pairs of socks (cold feet are really nasty). Then his rugby t-shirt and shorts went on top. I know the shorts over trousers looks a bit daft but I was more concerned with him being warm than fashionable.
We took gloves and a hat as well as an additional fleece hoody and his anorak. As it happened, with all the running around he only needed the gloves and the rest stayed in the car.
If you are going to accompany your little ones on outdoor excursions its worth investing is the right clothes for yourself as well (I have some great cheap thermals that don't make me look too bulky). You don't want to be the one that spoils the fun by complaining its too cold.
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