Dressing Your Toddler for a Snow Day in Northern BC: Tips and Tricks for Staying Warm and Dry

by Bailey Bouwman

As the winter months approach, parents in Northern BC know that they need to prepare for the cold and snowy weather. It's important to keep in mind that snow is wet, and staying dry is key to staying warm and enjoying the outdoors during the winter season. With this in mind, here are some tips for dressing your toddler for a snow day

Start with a Base Layer

When it comes to base layers, wool is your best friend.

A wool base layer keeps everyone warm and dry, even on the coldest days. Look for wool base layers from reputable brands like Wee Woolies or Smart Wool. These can be found online, as wool is not always available locally. When choosing wool, be sure to read the labels to see if it can be machine-washed or if it requires handwashing.

Don't have wool? A base layer can also include synthetic blends or breathable cotton layers. Cotton is typically not recommended, but depending on the depth of the cold, and the play - don't fret too much, the idea is layering. A pair of simple leggings and long sleeve shirt under their regular clothes can help improve that outdoor experience. 

Don't Forget the Socks

Socks are essential for keeping your child's feet warm and dry. Look for thick, durable socks from brands like Kombi or Smart Wool - or try the sleek and comfortable wool sock from Q  for Quinn.  If you don't have thick socks, doubling up on regular socks can work in a pinch - you'll want some good weight to the socks, but not so much that the shoes don't fit in their winter boots. 

Add Regular Clothes for Colder Days

Once your child is wearing a base layer and thick socks, it's time to put on some regular clothes.

For my family this typically looks like fleece joggers and a hoodie, but can also just be your go-to choice. For kids who hate leggings, and hate too many layers look for the fleece lined pants to do double duty. 

Warm Outerwear Layer

If your child is particularly sensitive to the cold, or your snow suit isn't rated for the temperature outside, adding an extra layer of fleece before the snowsuit can be helpful.

Layering allows you to adjust the number of layers based on your child's personal temperature preferences. It also helps you use rain gear for longer periods of time. 

For car rides, this fleece layer can be worn outside and in the car provided you pass the pinch test. 

Finally, the Snowsuit

When it comes to snowsuits, a one-piece option is often the best choice for toddlers. This eliminates the need for a separate coat and pants and helps prevent cold backs and snow in the diaper area.

You can opt to go for a brand that provides a deep cold snow suit, or use a fleece lined rains suit with layers.


Don't forget to accessorize! A warm hat, waterproof mitts, and the right pair of winter toddler boots are essential for keeping your child's head, hands, and feet warm and dry. Look for wool balaclavas or Stonz Wear mitts for added warmth and durability. 


How to Dress a Toddler For a Snow Day

Not all layers will be needed depending on your Childs personal body temperature, the quality of your gear, and the temperature outside. We know it's important to gather pieces that are accessible and within your budget. Sometimes dressing your kids for outdoor play is creative endeavour of using what you have. 

Sometimes you also need to prioritize the outdoor experience - is it wet snow? Maybe rain gear with fleece layers is better suited to the task. Is it just a cold day, maybe we can layer our clothes and go for a walk. Consider the activity, the intention and the weather when you begin to bundle your child up. 

Overall, dressing your toddler for a snow day requires some strategic layering and attention to detail. But with the right gear and a little bit of planning, your child can stay warm, dry, and happy during the snowy winter months in Northern BC.

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