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The Best Way to Bundle 'Em Up

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Every so often, even the warmest spots in the U.S. get blasted with frigid temps. But just because it's fuh-reezing out doesn't mean you have to make like bears and settle in 'til spring -- or even the next thaw. Take it from this Northeasterner!

kids winter clothes

Here are some simple tips on dressing kids (aged 1 year and up) for the deep freeze.

Layer, layer, layer
It's common knowledge that layering is the key to warmth, but what isn't so commonly known is that cotton -- the most common first-layer choice -- will actually make you colder if it gets wet, because it holds moisture close to your skin. Stock up on a few undershirts that wick moisture away from the skin, such as those made by Coolmax, and start your layering with those. For the second layer, wool or fleece are great choices because they retain warmth. If you'll be engaging in heavy-duty snowbound activities (like skiing), opt for thinner versions of those fabrics. If you're just out walking around or throwing snowballs, go with thicker versions.

To top things off, choose a coat with a waterproof shield to keep the heat in. For the innards of the coat, there's nothing like a few feathers to form a downy barrier between you and the cold. As insulation, down works so well because it stores warm air from your body within the jacket.

Leave Your Hat On
The idea that you lose the majority of your body heat through your head is but a myth. Still, according to, head heat loss at rest (as opposed to when you're exercising) accounts for up to 35 percent of your total body heat loss when you're out in 32-degree Fahrenheit weather. So don't lose the lid!

Get Handy
When it's really cold, the body circulates more blood to its core, leaving hands and feet more likely to feel the effects of bitter cold first. A solid pair of wool or fleece gloves will help keep little mitts warm while promoting circulation.

Heat for Your Feet
My special little secret to keeping my kids warm in winter is having a collection of wool socks. Companies like Smartwool make amazing socks for kids of all sizes in really cool colors and patterns. Just be sure to switch to slippers or socks with treads at home -- wool is REALLY slippery!

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