A KEY TO LAYERING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Layering clothes becomes inevitable as soon as the weather gets colder. Kids need to stay warm and healthy despite different weather conditions and cold weather clothes and headwear must fight the chills properly. We've compiled the perfect tool for you - a layering schematic that's super easy to use! 

HOW TO READ IT?

  1. Check any weather app for the current outside temperature. Don't forget to also consider wind and rain. 

  2. Find a cell with your desired temperature. Which schematic to use, depends on whether you want to dress a baby or a toddler. 

  3. The upper horizontal row determines which top and mid layer to use (such as jumpsuits, jackets and overalls). The first vertical column tells you all about the base layer (such as merino underwear or cotton clothes)

  4. If there's an empty cell, then there's a better alternative for this temperature. For example, it's better to use thin merino underwear and a sleeping bag when it’s -5 degrees instead of layering different merinos under a cotton jumpsuit. 

  5. Last but not least, always consider your child's individual needs, because our advice is merely a suggestion.

BABIES

BABIES
(0-1 years)
Cotton jumpsuit*
Double-cotton jumpsuit BJORN or ELON jumpsuit with waterproof details
Merino-lined jumpsuit
Merino-lined jumpsuit MAJOR
Thin sleeping bag
Thin baby sleeping bag
Thick sleeping bag
Thick baby sleeping bag
Cotton clothes
Cotton baby clothes
+15°C
(59°F)
+10°C*
(50°F)
+5°C
(41°F)
+0°C
(32°F)
Thin merino clothes
Thinner merino wool clothes
+10°C
(50°F)
+5°C
(41°F)
+0°C
(32°F)
-5°C
(23°F)
Thick merino clothes
Thick merino wool clothes
+5°C
(41°F)
+0°C
(32°F)
-5°C
(23°F)
-10°C
(14°F)
Thin + thick merino clothes
Thick and thin merino wool clothes layered
N/A N/A -10°C
(14°F)
-15°C
(5°F)

TODDLERS 

TODDLERS
(2+ years)
Cotton sweats
Cotton sweats top layer
Outdoor sweats
practical kids outdoor sweats
Outdoor clothes
Autumn/Spring outdoor clothes
Warm outdoor clothes
Winter warm outdoor clothes
Cotton clothes
Cotton kids clothes
+15°C
(59°F)
+10°C
(50°F)
+5°C
(41°F)
+0°C
(32°F)
Thin merino clothes
Thinner merino wool clothes
+10°C
(50°F)
+5°C
(41°F)
+0°C
(32°F)
-5°C
(23°F)
Thick merino clothes + merino sweats
Thick merino wool clothes in layers
N/A N/A -5°C
(23°F)
-15°C
(5°F)

LAYERING CLOTHES FOR BABIES 

Keeping tiny humans alive might seem overwhelmingly difficult at first but it gets easier fast and knowing a few tips and tricks on clothes layers will go a long way. Let’s go over some really useful know-how:

  1. Your baby's body temperature can be assessed by touching the back of the neck. It will tell you if your baby is cold, sweating or feeling okay. 
  2. Always use less clothes rather than too much because overheating is more dangerous for babies. 
  3. A stroller must be considered as one “clothing layer” because it protects from wind, rain and rapid temperature changes. 
  4. Use a stroller bag only when temperatures drop below 0 degrees, because it’s always better to combine different layers of merino wool that you can add and take away when needed. It also makes it easier to take your baby out of the stroller during walks when he/she gets fussy and wants to be held. 
  5. Cotton clothes and headwear are only suitable for mild and warm temperatures because it doesn't deal with moisture and your baby's clothes might become damp and cold from sweating or leaking diapers. Easy tip to remember: it’s merino time as soon as it gets colder than +10 degrees. 

Layering clothes

LAYERING CLOTHES FOR TODDLERS 

Dressing toddlers is quite a task because they run, climb and get sweaty in seconds. Sometimes you might even feel that you need to chain hats, scarves and gloves onto their body. Here's a few thing to know about dressing toddlers: 

 

  1. Use less clothes rather than too much because kids tend to be very active. If that's not the case and there’s more sitting to be done, add layers according to the outside temperature.
  2. Always check the "real feel" in weather apps, because +10 degrees during a sunny and quiet spring day feels much warmer than +10 degrees on a rainy and windy autumn morning.
  3. Always prefer clothes that your kids can manage to use on their own. A hat-scarf is a perfect example of an item that increases the child's independence. It's easy to use and it also eliminates the problem of hats and scarves getting separately lost. 
  4. Teach your child the basics of layered clothing. Believe it or not but 2- or 3-year olds can already understand the purpose of merino vests, pants and shirts very well. If it feels nice to them, it's a go!

    Merino clothes

    IN CONCLUSION

    If you now have a feeling that you must buy tons of new clothes, it’s really not the case. Breden’s ultimate guide to layering aims to show you that playing with just a few items will replace quite a few uni-purpose pieces of clothing such as coats, jackets and pants of different thickness. What you really need are a few items made from thin merino and some from thick. Everything written in this blog article is a suggestion and must be taken as such. 

    Let's layer up!

    Merle Leemet 

    the founder and CEO of Breden Kids 

    Merle Leemet - the CEO of Breden Kids

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