Every cold season the parent-child struggle begins again to keep them from being cold. Here are some tips for those who don’t want to give up
When the cold arrives, in the homes of small children (but also of big ones) it begins saga of the launch of the hat, gloves and socks. Mums and dads put them on and in less than ten seconds they are already on the ground in the continuous dance of the “put-and-lever”.
But how do you get the little ones to keep these clothes on? It is the eternal question that parents want to keep their children warm. Some have given up, assuring that their children have grown up the same even without them, but if you haven’t given up yet, here are some tips we have collected on our Facebook page and found online.
1. The balaclava
It may sound extreme, but it sure is one effective solution. There are various shapes, fabrics and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they are impossible to take off.
2. Hooded clothing
If you really don’t want the cap, try putting it on sweatshirts and jackets with hoods. In this way, if the baby is blowing in the air and is cold, he will cover himself, otherwise be patient.
3. The hat with the drawstring
Then there are caps that have a drawstring underneath or a hook and loop closure. Once connected, it is difficult for the little ones to be able to remove it.
4. The superheroes
Some kids go crazy for their favorite characters. Some mothers suggest buying themed clothing that their children – they swear – have never taken off.
5. Let them choose
A good way to make the little ones want to keep hats and gloves is to involve them in the choice, especially if they are a little older. When you go to the store, take them with you, make a selection and ask them which one they like best. That way, they are more likely not to take them off.
6. Lead by example
Father Luigi recommends playing on emulation. As for the hat, «I bought two similar ones and, when the puppy saw that I was constantly wearing mine (and to point out that Carlo and dad were going out with the same hat) he started to keep it on him too. Now that he is two and a half years old, he asks me to wear it if I forget it ».
7. No hat, no park
Other parents focus on education: if the children are a little older, they can be taught that if you take off hats and gloves, you won’t take them out to play on the playground. So no swings and slides.
8. The tights
Coming to the socks chapter, a common suggestion is to opt for tights in order to be sure that their feet will always be warm. Alternatively, some mothers recommend padded trousers which, however, are not always easy to find.
9. The neck warmer
Another option to avoid the nightmare of the scarf is to opt for the neck warmer. A garment that slips from the child’s head, but does not unroll, thus making it impossible for the little one to take it off.
If it is important to you that the children keep these clothes on to protect themselves from the cold, hold on and put them back on each time they take them off. Whoever lasts it wins it, right?