Warm Wednesday Morning to you!
While the weather outside is far from frightful we do need to get ready for the days we will spend outside with the kiddos. I can honestly say I never dress properly when I am outside because I always secretly hope that we will only be out there for five minutes; which never happens and I stand out there freezing and not having as much fun as I could be.
Lets make sure that both you and the rug rats are not only dressed properly but that it is actually safe for you enjoy playing outside. We all know the kids would bolt out the door in their pajamas at the sign of the first snowflake so be ready to say yes or no.
So when is it safe to go out and play? And what should do do beforehand?
GET OUT THERE AND PLAY! 30°F and higher
Kids are usually OK to play in these temperatures. General rule of thumb, healthy snack first; then layer the clothes, (generally put one more layer on than you would wear) hats and gloves. Once outside watch for signs that they’re getting chilled. If they’re shivering, bring them in. Feel babies’ hands and (if possible) feet regularly to see if they’re turning icy; also watch for unexplained fussiness or signs of exhaustion. Bring them in every 40 minutes for some water.
ONLY FOR A LITTLE WHILE…. About 20°F - 30°F
It’s okay for your kids to go out, but keeping with the above, just watch for signs of chill quicker. Don’t over do it on the layering, you don’t want to overheat the little ones, they definitely have to be able to put their arms down! Go inside every 20 minutes even if you have to drag them in. Make sure the older kids put on an extra layer than younger ones since they tend to lose layers as they play.
GO FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO… Below 20°F
Don’t even think about going outside today. Make some hot cocoa, do a fun craft to do or play games on the floor.
And remember, although it is sunny, the wind can make it feel colder – and don’t forget the sunscreen! The sun is still just as hot if the temperature is not!