How to dress children being carried on a hike

HOW TO DRESS CHILDREN BEING CARRIED ON A HIKE

If you are carrying a baby close to your body in a wrap or sling, it provides protection from the wind and the baby carrier almost constitutes an extra "layer" of clothing. It is therefore preferable to dress baby in a bodysuit or T-shirt made of a lightweight and breathable material. Take care to cover as much of the body as possible (arms, legs, top of the feet, etc.) in order to protect from the sunshine; not to mention the essentials: hat and sunglasses!

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DRESSING CHILDREN IN SUMMER

If you use a rigid baby carrier, provide a windcheater and a hat because your child is both more ventilated and more exposed if it turns suddenly cold or becomes very windy.
Don't forget shoes because the top of the foot is particularly sensitive to sunburn, and put cream on anything that isn't covered!

Lastly, and this is a point that can never be repeated enough: reduce exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible and try and schedule your excursions before 12pm or after 4pm.

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DRESSING CHILDREN IN WINTER

Ensure you follow the 3-layer technique:

- A warm and breathable 1st layer in direct contact with the skin (t-shirt, tights, bodysuit). Merino wool is particularly suitable and is better than cotton because it will prevent the cold feeling caused by perspiration.
- A fleece-type 2nd layer to provide heat.
- A warm and/or waterproof 3rd layer (jacket, all-in-one) depending on the activity.

To reduce discomfort caused both by wrinkled clothing and thermal bridging, choose an all-in-one-type 3rd layer that will give your child the most effective protection.
Don't forget the extremities! Given that our heads, as well as those of young children, are one of the biggest sources of heat loss, a hat is compulsory! Also, remember hands and feet. Less obvious but just as important, don't forget sunglasses as UV radiation is still present in winter!

In winter, opt to carry your little one in a wrap or sling so that they benefit from your own body warmth. If you use a rigid carrier, cover up your child accordingly so that they are protected from cold and drafts.

Remember that you are carrying and walking, so you will feel differently from your static child. Also don't forget that a child's physiology makes them get cold much more quickly than an adult in cold conditions, so limit yourself to short excursions (1/2 hr-1hr max according to the external temperature) and when the weather is good!

Young children do not always express their feelings well so remember to ask them frequently whether they feel cold and to check that their hands and feet are not getting too cold under their gloves or in their shoes. To quickly reactivate the circulation to the extremities, you can get your little one out of their carrier and have them walk a few steps.

Give the littlest ones a good rub and encourage them to move (you can get them wriggling with a tickle for example).

How to dress children being carried on a hike

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How to dress children being carried on a hike

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