Kids bring so much happiness and joy to our life but at the same time, having children comes with new challenges. For example, shopping for kids’ clothing can look stressful and sound like mission impossible. Especially when you look for the fall season apparel which has to be warm, comfortable, and stylish all in one.
There are so many cute clothes for children and colorful matching outfits but questions keep popping into your head: ‘Will my kid feel comfortable in these pants? What if this sweater is itchy? Will he be warm in these clothes? How many outfits are enough?’ Well, whether you are a new mom, searching for baby clothing ideas, or getting your pupils ready for the back-to-school season, we are here to help you out.
TIPS ON CHOOSING APPAREL
Before we get into the fall clothing essentials for kids, you should consider some things. If you spend time thinking about these factors and planning your shopping, you will make smarter choices and will end up saving money, stress, and reducing chaos in the house.
First, you should evaluate your child’s age and how many different outfits does he or she need. If you are raising a toddler, keep in mind that the most important thing is the comfort and the quality of the fabric. Piles of cheap rompers, shiny t-shirts, and uncomfortable pajamas will not do any good neither for your baby nor you – five or six outfits should be more than enough. However, if your kids already go to school, they probably need more clothes for different occasions. Various school activities, sports, celebrations require several versatile garments.
In addition, it is important to remember that the clothes you buy for your children depend on the climate. If you live in a place, where the weather is warm all year round, your kid does not need six sweaters and three winter coats. In case you are from Canada, Montana, or other cold weather place, then you should have more than one warm outfit.
Less is more
There are so many fashionable kids’ clothes in the market but before buying all of them, you should think about the sustainability and practical use. Do you really need all those shiny blouses and trendy pants for a baby? Especially when you remember the fact that kids grow fast and we need to replace their clothes frequently. For this reason, it is smarter to choose quality over quantityand to invest in staples that will last and be used more than once. Create a capsule wardrobe that will help you save money and simplify dress-ups. You will also thank yourself for listening to this tip on your laundry days, as there will be fewer garments to wash.
Comfort comes first
As we mentioned earlier, the key elements to succeeding in planning your children’s wardrobe for cooler seasons are the quality, softness, warmth, and durability of the clothes. Kids have more sensitive skin; therefore, their garments must be stretchy, non-itchy, and comfortable. For this reason, you should pay attention to the fabric that the clothing is made of before buying various garments.
There are so many fibers with their pros and cons, depending on your needs and budget. Since today we are talking about apparel for children, natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool are more eligible, as they ensure a gentle and breathable performance. Since linen is known for keeping a body cool, it is more suitable for summer, rather than fall or winter. And although the cotton is breathable and inexpensive, it dries very slowly, so these outfits will not provide the best comfort if your children like to play outdoors.
Because of the need for warmer and cozier clothes, wool is the best pick for your kid’s fall attire. Wool is a great fabric that has thermoregulating properties, wicks the moisture away without feeling wet, and is wrinkle-resistant. Nevertheless, some people still believe that all wool garments are scratchy on the skin and difficult to care for but what they forget is the fact that there are many different types of wool.
For example, Merino wool is not itchy at all, rather the opposite of that. With refined and smooth fibers, this material is famous for its next-to-skin softness, elasticity, warmth, and hypoallergenic properties. Also, most Merino clothes are versatile, as the fabric naturally adjusts to different temperatures. This means that your kid can wear them in different weather conditions without overheating. All the features of this fiber make it perfect to upgrade your boy’s or girl’s wardrobe and to ensure the biggest comfort for your loved ones.
COLD SEASON MUST-HAVES
After we established the main rules on how to efficiently buy clothes for children, we should now cover the main wardrobe essentials for autumnal weather. These are an absolute necessity if you want your baby to feel comfortable and cozy.
Every smart mom should keep up with her kids’ needs and ensure these items are included in the little ones’ wardrobe:
Light base layer;
Warmer midweight apparel;
Soft and warm headwear;
Layer for transitional weather
With the end of August and the beginning of September, it is always more difficult to predict the forecasts and to pick an outfit that is warm but not too hot. Because of the transitional weather, Fall is the time when a lot of people do not evaluate the weather correctly and end up overheating or catching a cold. Children are no exception, as they easily warm up from all the activities and running around.
One great way to prevent this from happening is to dress your kid in layers. First layer should always be lightweight and soft, as it has the most contact with bare skin. Thin, breathable clothes work best because you can easily put other layers on top. Just make sure that the next-to-skin base layer is moisture-wicking, antibacterial, and fast-drying like Merino wool clothing, which will ensure the utmost warmth and comfort for your little one. If you have never tried it, we recommend you start with our 160gsm two-piece set of long-sleeve shirt and long leggings.
For the comfort and warmth of your baby’s legs, we recommend you always go for warm pants with an elastic waistband. This will ensure bigger comfort and simplicity for your child because versatile leggings do not have harsh and complicated buttons. Therefore, leggings are suitable to wear under pants or jeans. Stretchy material does not restrain movements, which means that your children can jump into the cold weather comfortably and fully protected with high-quality winter wear.
You can also match different colors and style several outfits from a few versatile garments. Once you master the art of layering, it becomes a fun, creative, but most importantly, beneficial activity.
Midweight piece for the first frosts
Fall can sometimes appear cooler than we expect; therefore, we should always be prepared and keep some warm pieces in our children’s closet to use as middle layers. It would be ideal if these midweight garments were made from thicker, natural, and fast-drying fiber, such as wool. This way you will be sure that your little angel always stays warm and protected against unexpected snow or wind.
We recommend you to get a warmer midweight sweater and comfortable pants for your kids. A thermal long-sleeve shirt, made from 250 gsm Merino wool, will work perfectly as a middle layer that retains body heat to protect against cold. Another great thing about having 100% Merino crew neck sweats and warm pants is that they are super durable, antibacterial, and stain-resistant, meaning that your kid can wear it more and you have to wash it less. We all know that kids are prone to getting messy and dirty, so this is a great option for mothers who would like to have more laundry-free time.
Warm outerwear headwear
Sometimes parents forget fall/winter accessories but bear in mind that they are as important, as other pieces of clothing. Kids’ heads and necks get cold quickly, so be sure to provide a knitted hat and a warm scarf to wear on chilly days. We highly recommend you trying out Merino wool children’s balaclavas, as they are hypoallergenic, non-itchy, windproof, and work like a two-in-one accessory – a soft hat and stretchy scarf. This piece is very versatile and can be used anytime you want your kid to be warm and comfy.
Comfortable and cozy nightwear
When the weather gets colder and colder, most people rush to search for outdoor clothing. However, warmer home garments are also relevant for your little boy or girl, since in colder seasons they naturally spend less time outside and more participating in various indoor activities. One of the most important lounge wear garments for kids is a comfortable pajama, because good quality sleep is essential for little people to grow and live a healthy life.
The autumnal kids’ nightwear should not restrict moves, but rather be soft, durable, and hypoallergenic to give your baby a gentle touch, and long-lasting freshness. For example, breathable 100% Merino wool rompers or long-sleeve sets for kids would be a suitable sleepwear on cooler fall and winter nights. Sustainably knitted flowy and breathable garments are not only extremely soft but also have great thermoregulation properties which make them super comfortable and allows them to perform well in both warm and cold conditions.
Stay cozy and safe
Kids are curious creatures who enjoy exploring new things and going to new places. Colder weather should not be an obstacle to limit yourself or your children from going out. The best thing we can do as parents is to provide them with soft and durable clothes, which will ensure top comfort and warmth for our little buddies. After all, as one saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.