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Tips for summer and sun

Tips for summer and sun

Children's skin should be protected from ultraviolet rays, particularly at the start of summer. It is a good idea to acclimatise to sunny weather slowly.

Small babies should spend the majority of their time lounging in the shade – sunblock is not recommended for them. Sun-protection outfits are the best choice for children who want to play freely.

The head and eyes should be protected in sunny weather: a light summer hat or baseball cap should be worn to avoid sunstroke. Sunglasses are also required because the sun-protection mechanism in the eyes is not fully developed before the age of 25.

Avoid the sun at the hottest time of day, which is between midday and 3pm. Remember to take a bottle of water. Adults should also remember to drink water in hot weather to avoid dehydration.

Hide the eyes and head from the sun. This will help you to avoid heat illness and damage to the vision.

Bare feet? Only if you are highly familiar with the terrain. Footwear protects the feet from broken glass and stinging bees.

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In the park and countryside

Loose-fitting, comfortable outfits are breathable and offer protection from the sun: T-shirts and suitable shorts, skirts or capris are generally good choices. As the evening gets cooler, a thin, light jacket or hoodie provides comfortable protection from insects.

At the beach

Children can enjoy water games safely when bare areas of skin are smothered with waterproof sunblock. In cold weather, it is a good idea to dry the skin after swimming and put on soft beachwear that provides protection from the sun.

On a holiday in the sun

SunProof outfits cool children down and provide factor 50 protection against the harmful rays of the sun, whether wet or dry. If a child's skin would burn in 10 minutes without any protection, SunProof outfits enable safe play for 500 minutes – that's more than eight hours... Wow :)! Don't forget swimming shoes – these will protect you from any nasties lurking in the sand.

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Tips for cold weather

Tips for cold weather

How can I know if my child is too cold? The tip of the nose feels very cold, paleness, a blue tinge to the lips and skin, shivering. There is no need to worry if the hands and feet are slightly cold – this is the body's natural way of transferring heat to where it is needed most.

In the winter, it is a good idea to dress in layers. If you want to know how to do this correctly, read more here.

When the temperature drops below +10 °C, it is usually a good idea to wear a hat and gloves. As it gets colder, the hands and head require more protection with breathable accessories that let moisture out.

Air is the best insulator – clothes that are too tight will not provide warmth.

Gloves should have space for additional mittens and footwear should have space for a second pair of socks. Footwear should be chosen according to the weather and there should also be sufficient space for winter insoles.

The younger the children, the warmer they should be dressed. Babies who sleep in prams need an extra layer of warmth – a sleeping bag or a very warm blanket. Increase the warmth of the outfit the longer you plan on being outside.

When appropriate, use lighter-weight clothing for children who are moving and playing actively. This helps to ensure that they do not sweat too much.

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At freezing point

Avoid over-dressing children who move around a lot. Headwear should be warm, light and breathable, and not too densely woven. A thin woolly hat is a great choice for hectic activities. For children who are outside for a long time without being particularly active, quilted outfits can be used when the temperature drops below +5 °C.

A few degrees below zero

Quilted clothing is the way to go. For active children, long johns and quilted trousers are enough, and it is a good idea to make sure there are not too many layers on the upper body. Quilted mittens or gloves and a warm hat or woolly balaclava will provide good warmth.

Arctic conditions

A thin balaclava is a good base layer beneath a hat or cap. A hood can provide extra warmth, particularly if it has a fur trim that keeps warm air in front of the face. Thin mittens can be worn under outer mittens, while woolly socks and felt insoles can be used in boots. Several intermediate layers can be used. When it is very cold, it can be nice to use down-filled outerwear.

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Tips for wind and rain

Tips for wind and rain

A windproof, waterproof fabric should be selected for the outermost layer. In changeable weather, it is a good idea to wear functional clothing – a waterproof, breathable outfit. Traditional waterproofs are also handy in rainy weather. Footwear and gloves should also be waterproof.

Base layers that transfer moisture away are the saviours of spring and autumn days: when energy starts running low, there is less danger of getting cold when the skin is less sweaty. Have you tried Reima's Play Jersey products? They are an entirely new type of technical jersey that does not look like a traditional, boring undergarment; it works as a base layer, indoor wear, a summer outfit or an exercise garment.

Breathable mid layer garments provide warmth on cooler days. Don't forget that children should have functional socks containing plenty of synthetic fibres that transfer moisture away if they are wearing waterproof footwear.

To make things easy on yourself, choose a functional outfit – one that is waterproof but breathable – and you may not need a separate waterproof outfit at all. Footwear and gloves should also be waterproof.

Wind makes the outdoor temperature feel significantly lower. The head and ears should be protected from breezes that can feel cold even in sunny weather.

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Showers

A sufficient water column for walks and outdoor activities near the home is 1,000–3,000 mm. Waterproof, breathable shoes guarantee that the feet will stay dry for trips in the city and journeys to school.

Playing in puddles

Puddle-jumpers should have their lower body protected by rain trousers or a Reimatec outfit – Reimatec fabrics have unbeatable water-resistance (a water column of over 10,000 mm) and are also breathable. Wellington boots and rain mittens are standard accessories for explorers.

Heavy rain

So it's really wet! You can choose a Reimatec or traditional rain outfit – whichever you prefer. There is room for warm clothing underneath. A rain hat or the outfit's own hood will keep the head dry.