Scoot to the left autumn, make room for winter! Yes, its winter and for you and your babies, going outside at this time of the year can require some work. You know; snow boots, mittens, hats, mufflers, insulated pants, and cozy winter coats.
Truth is putting all of these together especially for more than one child can be a lot of work. But it still needs to be done. They need all the warmth possible and they count on you to provide just that.
Ensuring your kids are sufficiently protected from the cold is doable with the right preparation. And no, you don’t need a trailer load of winter clothing or accessories to keep them warm. You want to keep it simple and effective so the basics are just what you need.
We’ll share the top 18 winter essentials here. If you have kids 10 years and under, you’ll find this list useful for simplifying their winter wardrobe and overall winter preparation.
Non-cotton underwear is an important addition to any winter attire. They are simply warm and comforting. For babies, onesies non-cotton underwear are excellent as they keep them fully covered without exposing their lower back to the cold. They can be worn indoors with regular house clothing and also worn to school. And if you get quality ones, they should last more than one season.
Luckily, you still have time to add them to each of your little ones’ winter wardrobe. Include it on your shopping list now!
A note on making sure the underwear/singlet is non-cotton: Cotton stays wet/cold if it gets in contact with moisture and this can keep your child cold and wet till you change them.
You want the underwear or singlet you pick to be effective at keeping moisture from the skin and keeping your child warm for as long as possible. Merino wool is a good option but you’ll find that most other synthetic underwear will do an equally great job at keeping moisture away.
Long Sleeve Tees
Who says your little daughter can’t use those gorgeous summer dresses in winter? Who says your little boy can’t wear his summer shirts in winter? Yes, they can! All you need to do is include a long sleeve tee underneath.
This is one of the most effective ways to ensure your kids’ clothes remain useful all year. Plus, your child gets to wear those cute little dresses she loves and also stays warm in it.
These long-sleeve tees are available in kiddie clothing sections online and in kiddies’ clothes shop. Plus, they’re completely affordable.
Who doesn’t need them? You can’t go wrong with the right pair once it gets cold. They’re a highly essential part of every winter gear. However, you should get as many as possible. Why? They go missing easily and funny thing is, it is usually inside your house, not outside.
For babies who aren’t walking yet, shoes are hardly necessary if you have more than a few thick pairs of socks for use in winter.
There are good quality socks available for kids of all ages and in multi-packs and you should get more than a few pairs for each of your kids.
Besides being unbelievably cute on kids and adults alike, dressing gowns are insanely cozy. I mean, what can possibly beat having a warm bath and then cozying up in your dressing gown before sliding into the rest of your winter attire? Nothing at all!
You can find these comfy dressing gowns in several beautiful colors for your little ones on Amazon and in kiddy clothing sections in stores.
Sweaters are a must-have in cold weather. They look great worn on almost anything and if you plan to take your little ones outdoor in cold weather, a sweater is essential. There are so many different types, each made of different materials.
For kids, however, you should opt for those made of soft, plush wool and are free of toxic chemicals and dyes. These types are completely organic and safe for your kids. Also, ensure the sweaters you pick while not too large can be worn over your little one’s clothing comfortably.
Blankets may not be categorized under outdoor winter gear but they’re certainly a must-have in winter or on regular cold nights. The nights get really chilly and your babies can use the extra warmth from a blanket.
However, ensure you only pick the ones made entirely with natural fabrics with no toxic dyes or chemicals. Also, ensure you get only quality ones so don’t have bits of paddings falling out later. There are many types on the market but soft and light quilts are great options as they’re usable all year.
Raincoats and Boots
The ultimate winter gear, raincoats, and boots should have a place in your little one’s winter wardrobe. The shoes are especially important if your kids are ever going to be in snow deeper than three inches. It’s even best if they’re snow boots with drawstring top. This way, when your kids are not dressed in snowsuits that cover the boots, the drawstring top protects their ankles and feet from the snow coming in over the boot.
In winter, dry skin is a common problem for all and it can be particularly telling on kids. As it gets colder, stock up on a good moisturizer. Pick one that provides the kids with adequate protection against the harsh, dry hair. Also check that it is a brand free from toxic chemicals, colors, fragrance, and other harmful substances.
One-Piece Snowsuit for Toddlers or Insulated Snow Pants and Jackets
A one-piece snowsuit is excellent at keeping toddlers warm. But make sure the one you get is well insulated. While it is possible to keep them warm by adding multiple layers of regular clothing, it can restrict their movement and get in the way of play.
Older kids can use pants and jackets, but again, ensure this is well-insulated so your child stays warm. A well-insulated pair should provide maximum warmth with as little layers as possible.
You significantly reduce your child’s likelihood of getting cold-weather sicknesses by keeping his head warm. An insulated hat keeps your child’s head warm and protects his ears from the cold. A good quality hat will also protect the head and hair from falling snowball.
Ensure that the hats you pick are also beautiful enough for outdoor use when you have to take a trip to the park or beach with the kids. They deserve beautiful things, don’t they?
Stockings are undoubtedly the perfect accessories to skirts, gowns, and shorts in winter. But make sure you’re getting good quality socks; a poor quality pair entirely defeats the purpose; it does nothing to protect your little one from the rough weather.
Make sure you buy them in colors that go with most of your little girl’s clothing for a great match any time she has to wear it.
Waterproof Mittens, Thick Gloves and Mufflers
Depending on the age of your child, a waterproof mitten for outdoor use might be what he needs to keep his hands warm. Babies and very young children may find it difficult to get and keep their fingers into gloves. But if your child is old enough for gloves, then make him use it instead to prevent any restrictions during play or other activities.
Mufflers or scarves are essential for keeping your kids safe and warm outside. You want to protect their neck and a wool or cotton muffler serves the purpose. There are small sizes for kids and they come in several colors and designs.
However, ensure that while you try not to tighten the scarf too much around your little one’s neck, you want to make sure that it is properly secured and won’t unravel after only a few minutes of boisterous play.
A sleeping bag is another essential winter gear your child would need to keep your child warm in winter. You’ll find varieties of sleeping bags online and kiddies shop and they come in different weights. A good quality sleeping bag should last more than a few winters with the right care.
Sleeping bags are perfect for those moments when your child requests to spend a few more hours around you while you watch TV.
Again, this isn’t the typical winter “accessory” but important nonetheless. Young children and babies can make a lot of mess, at least when compared to adults so you’ll probably be doing more washing and cleaning than you usually did before winter.
Their socks, sweaters, mittens may require more than a few changes every day and you want to ensure a steady supply. But this can only happen by washing or cleaning frequently.
With good quality laundry detergent on standby, you can be sure your little ones’ winter wears will remain clean, odor-free, and soft always.
Less sweating = more peeing. Expect your babies to pee more as the days grow colder. This also means that their diaper usage increases. If you were using reusable/cloth diapers, it may be hard to continue with them with the cold. For one, getting them to dry properly may require a little extra work and a cold diaper on a baby’s skin isn’t the best feeling either.
Stock up on the disposable diapers or if you have to continue with the cloth diaper, make sure you have enough to comfortably last you through every washing cycle.
The air can get really dry and humidity really low. This also means increased susceptibility to problems such as dry skin, breathing challenges, and dry throat.
With a humidifier, you’re able to raise the room’s humidity levels. Increased humidity levels can provide relief from these issues.
In cold weather, you’ll need to stock up on the common medications your kids may need. These medications should include those for fighting off cold-related health issues such as cough, cold and allergies.
You should discuss with your pediatrician now if you haven’t done so already so you are adequately prepared if and when these issues come up.
Winter Food for Babies and Young Children
In winter, the right nutrition is highly important to help your kids keep warm. Babies and younger children require heartier and healthier meals at this time of the year.
Any food you give to them should be immune-boosting and warmth-inducing. Foods like cereals, healthy warm beverages and soups are great options for the harsh weather.
Ensure also that most if not all of their meals and drinks are served warm (not piping hot) to help them keep warm.
When most of us think about preparing winter gears, we imagine things like sweaters, snowsuits, and boots. Winter gears involve a lot more especially with babies and young children. Every single essential on our list is intended to help your baby or young child stay warm both indoors and outdoors throughout the cold season.
Also, remember to take your little ones outside for some sunlight on sunny winter days. Such days may not be common but never fail to max it out when it happens.
That said, we hope this list of basic winter essentials helps to get you prepared for the cold weather. We also hope that while you may not need everything on our list, it serves as a guide for your kids’ unique needs.
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Why Is My Child Always Angry? When A Child’s Anger Become A Problem
Unlike adults, kids are often fueled by their emotions and this is why tantrums or meltdowns can be common occurrences. But, what about prolonged intense anger or frequent outbursts? Is this normal or beyond the usual childhood behavioral issues that kids often outgrow?
Occasional meltdown is common with most children. Because their behaviors are often fueled by their emotions, they may sometimes lash out when frustrated or being defiant. This is completely normal and most will stop with corrections or naturally outgrow it.
When Does A Child’s Anger Become A Problem?
A child’s temper tantrum should become concerning when if you notice the following signs.
- An outburst that becomes dangerous to him or others around
- Temper tantrums and outbursts regularly occurring beyond the age of eight
- Temper tantrums and outbursts that get in the way of learning. This type of outburst can cause his teachers to report him frequently.
- When the behavior gets in the way of his socialization; causing him to get excluded from playdates and parties.
- When he is unable to control his anger and feels bad about it
- His anger gets in the way of peace in the family; disruptive to normal family life
Causes Of Anger Issues In Children
Again, tantrums are normal and expected at certain stages in childhood. However, they become concerning when they carry on past these stages. If your child throws tantrums or is overly aggressive, it could be linked to any of the causes outlined below.
Undiagnosed/Untreated Learning Disability
If your child has temper tantrums or outbursts at school or mostly when it concerns school work, he may be suffering from an undiagnosed learning disability. These conditions could make learning extra difficult for him and the resulting frustrations would in turn cause him to throw tantrums.
Anger issues are a common symptom among children with ADHD. Kids with this condition are frustrated easily especially when learning something new or when they have to do their homework or any learning-related activity.
Children suffering from severe anxiety may have frequent outbursts and often more defiant to instructions. Children with these conditions struggle with situations that trigger distress and lash out when made to face these situations.
It is also not uncommon for the child’s fight or flight mode instinct to take hold during anxiety-inducing situations causing the child to throw a fit or simply refuse to do things to avoid facing his fears.
And even when such children manage to “keep it together” at school, they often flip the lid at home.
Sensory Processing Issues
While rare, your child’s anger outbursts could be a result of the difficulty he has processing information he receives through his senses. Children with this condition are particularly sensitive to excessive noise, crowds, and so become overwhelmed, anxious, or uncomfortable under these conditions.
When faced with huge or unexpected changes, children on all points of the autism spectrum are commonly prone to outbursts or major meltdowns. This is due to the sensory issues that may cause them to become anxious and agitated.
Trauma Or Neglect
Kids will act out when they are neglected or have to deal with chaotic situations at home. kids suffering from trauma or neglect often display these behaviors at school intimidating other students in the process. Children more at risk include those with ADHD and those who have had traumatic experiences.
Symptoms Of Anger Issues In Children
Because temper tantrums or outbursts can easily be confused or misdiagnosed as something else, it is important that you’re familiar with some of the red flags in order to quicken diagnosis and treatment.
- Intense and quick reaction by the child to perceived rejection or insult
- Excessive risk-taking in areas they feel confident about their abilities e.g. classroom games, sports, etc.
- Avoidance of areas or assignments where their deficits are easily exposed and overreacting when made to partake in these assignments
- Anger outbursts that are often brief
- Frequent defiance to instructions
These are just a few of the symptoms of the condition. While these symptoms will help you make a close guess, the key to accurate diagnosis is getting proper help from a health professional and in this case; a pediatrician. Once all possible medical courses are ruled out, you’ll be referred to a trained and experienced child psychologist to help determine the exact cause of your child’s outbursts.
How To Help A Child With Anger Issues/What You Can Do If Your Child Has Anger Issues
While your child’s anger outburst may be exasperating to you and others in the family, you have to understand that he is only distressed. If he were older, he would probably manage it more maturely.
Do not view this problem as a manipulative behavior as he only lacks language, control and problem-solving skills to deal with his anger in the best possible way.
That said when a child lashes out or throws temper tantrums, you want to help in the best way you can before or after a professional’s evaluation. I outlined some of the things you can do below.
Identify the triggers
The first thing you want to do when your child has frequent emotional outbursts is to identify the triggers of this behavior.
Do his outbursts begin when getting ready for school? Does he become anxious at bedtime? For the former, you can prepare his mind beforehand by laying out his clothes, waking him earlier, or even having him shower the night before. You can also break down the tasks for each school day into steps and post them on the wall. That way, he is better prepared mentally for the day ahead.
Kids can quickly get out of control and when dealing with a raging child, it can seem even worse. Now, it’s very easy to lose your cool at this point and yell at him to stop. But you shouldn’t.
When you yell or reprimand harshly, you only decrease your chances of reaching him. In defiance, he’ll become more aggressive and less likely to listen to you. Try to remain as possible and by doing this, you not only create a chance to reach the child but also teach him to do the same thing during upsetting situations.
Encourage positive behavior
After he calms down from a fit of anger, praise him for it. Encourage him to verbalize his feelings and when he does, try to arrive at a compromise on the problem and praise him for making the effort.
Don’t give in
The last thing you want to do is encourage this behavior by agreeing to all he wants. You’ll only be reinforcing an undesirable behavior which would certainly make it harder for him to stop.
Help and encourage him to practice problem-solving
One of the best times to help a child prone to outbursts is when he is not upset. Encourage him to communicate his feelings to you and help him come up with solutions to the issues before they happen.
“Everyone Makes Mistakes”
Children prone to outbursts often have high standards for themselves. This they do without even realizing it. They lack the social awareness of the expectations for children within their age range.
Teach the child to understand that there everyone makes mistakes. It would also be helpful if they are taught to say the phrase to themselves whenever they make a mistake/have a higher than “normal” expectations of themselves.
During outbursts/tantrums, a nonverbal cue can be an effective way to get your child to calm down before a total rage. These cues could include raising your hand in a “stop” motion when your child’s anger is rising.
Practice this with the child in his calm state so he learns to see it as a safe signal not necessarily as a punishment.
Why Is My Child So Angry? Conclusion
Kids at any age will throw tantrums to get what they want and to avoid certain situations. This is perfectly normal. What is not be “normal” is a child above eight or nine throwing tantrums regularly or frequently bursting into fits of anger.
While it is advised that you ignore these behaviors to avoid encouraging it, you may still need to take other steps. This is particularly important in cases where the child is getting physical to the extent of frightening you or disrupting the family with his behavior.
Apply the techniques and behavioral therapies outlined above. And also see a professional for help if the behavior persists.
Bedwetting In Children: Causes, Diagnosing And Solutions To Bedwetting
At some point in their early years, kids will wet their beds and this is completely normal.
At what age does bedwetting become a problem? How can you effectively stop an older child from wetting the bed? What are the possible causes of bedwetting in children? I’ll discuss all of these and more in this article.
When Bedwetting Becomes A Problem
Bedwetting is fairly common among children but as they grow older, most outgrow this behavior. While a few may wet the bed occasionally, some may continue bedwetting until their early teenage years.
What Causes Bedwetting?
Contrary to popular belief, bedwetting does not occur because of a child’s laziness. There are several reasons your child may be bedwetting and these reasons are outlined below.
Genetic causes. In these cases, bedwetting is inherited from a parent or an older family member e.g. an aunt or an uncle.
Stress. Bedwetting can be triggered by stress. A change in the family; positive or negative ones e.g. the arrival of a new baby, moving, or a new bedtime schedule during a long trip or a vacation can increase stress levels causing bedwetting.
In some cases, bedwetting may be caused by a smaller than normal bladder.
Bedwetting may also occur when the hormone vasopressin isn’t being produced sufficiently. This hormone causes a reduction in urine production during sleep.
Slower development of the central nervous system making the child unable to stop the bladder from emptying during sleep.
Spinal cord abnormalities
In rare cases, your child’s bedwetting may be a sign of an underlying health problem. This bedwetting type may suddenly occur after your child has been dry for months or even years.
Urethral or ureter valves abnormalities
Untreated urinary tract infection
If you suspect an underlying cause, you should talk to your doctor or see a pediatrician. The pediatrician will screen the child for possible health problems and recommend treatment plans tailored for the specific condition.
When Do Children Achieve Bladder Control?
There is no one-size-fits-all timeline for every child. Children can achieve bladder control at different ages but generally, for many children under the age of 5, treatment may not be needed for bedwetting.
Some children may wet their beds until the 7 though not regularly. If your child wets the bed more than occasionally after the age of 7 and does so during the day and at night, you should consult your health care professional or pediatrician.
Aside from a serious underlying condition being responsible for bedwetting in rare cases, oftentimes, children who wet the bed are healthy and active. Having your doctor examine your child can help you determine the true cause of the condition.
Before the physical exam, your doctor or pediatrician will ask questions about the child’s daytime and nighttime bathroom habits. He may ask about happenings at home and school for your child. He may also recommend a urine test to check for an untreated infection or diabetes.
Depending on the findings, (usually, there is no known underlying cause of bedwetting and your doctor may recommend any or most of the strategies outlined in this article) your doctor may prescribe drugs to treat any underlying condition or another for bladder or urine production control.
Bedwetting: What Parents Can Do
If your child could stop bedwetting without your help, he’d have done so long ago. Avoid blaming or shaming your child and focus instead on practical steps and positive encouragement. It’s probably already more embarrassing for him than it is for you.
Tips to help your child stop bedwetting
Control Fluid Intake And Urination Before Bedtime
Your child’s fluid intake during the day will influence his urine frequency at night. Allow and encourage the child to drink as much fluid as possible during the day instead of waiting until night. Limit his fluid intake and try to get him into the habit of urinating every two or three hours. One hour before bedtime, have the child urinate and repeat right before he sleeps.
You may want to consider getting a bedwetting alarm. These alarm types are designed with moisture sensors that trigger a buzzer or bell when the pajamas start to get wet.
Like most children will learn to wake up to use the toilet when the alarm sounds before completely wetting the bed.
Create a reward system. While you should not punish or shame your child for wetting the bed, you should create a reward system for dry nights. This encourages positive behavior and helps the child get more into good habits.
If your child is old enough to do it, ask him to change the sheets whenever he wets the bed. If he hasn’t been changing sheets, see it as an opportunity for him to learn; teach him how and have him do it any time he wets the bed.
Bladder training. Patiently teach your child to hold his urine for longer during the day. It will take some time but with good practice, he will learn. This exercise helps to stretch the bladder so it holds more urine for longer.
Medications. Even though your child’s condition may not be the result of an underlying ailment, it may still be helped with medications.
When taken before bed, these medications will help to reduce the quantity of urine produced during sleep. They may be beneficial during sleepovers, camps, etc. especially when used alongside other bedwetting prevention techniques.
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Night Time Fears: When Your Child Is Afraid To Sleep Alone
Why is my child afraid to sleep alone?
Kids being afraid of the dark or sleeping in a room by themselves is not uncommon.
How do you respond when your child cannot sleep without you? How do you respond when your child has night time anxiety?
When A Child Has Night Time Anxiety
Granted, your child being terrified of darkness may seem very illogical. But you have to remember that it is only “illogical” because you see it from your position as an adult.
Our brains process things differently; the child’s brain most of the time is fueled by emotion. Ours, on the other hand, is fueled by logic; as it should be.
This is why it can seem like you’re worsening things when you tell your kid that there are really no monsters lurking in the dark. And of course, there are no monsters, but that won’t stop him from communicating his fears and concerns until he is heard.
When Your Child Is Afraid Of The Dark
How do you get your child to stop being afraid of the dark without disregarding his emotions? How do you get him finally understand that while his emotions are valid, he’ll still be safe if you’re not in the room with him?
In this article, I’ll share some tips for helping your child overcome the fear of sleeping alone and finally say goodbye to nighttime anxiety.
Stopping Nighttime Fear And Anxiety: The Things You Can Do
Distinguish Between Fantasy And Reality
Kids with nighttime fears should be talked to about the difference between reality and fantasy. Let them know that there are no monsters in the closet, in the hallway, or anywhere in the dark. By distinguishing between fantasy and reality, they have significantly reduced risk for nighttime fears or nightmares.
Teach Your Child How To Relax
Does your child cry during any of his anxiety attacks or whenever he has to sleep alone? If he does, try teaching him breathing exercises as you try to calm him.
Teach him to take slow, deep breaths by having him exhale into a party blower. Studies have shown that these breathing exercises help to lessen emotional distress in both adults and kids.
Create Positive Night Time Stories
Another way to help your child overcome nighttime fears is by using a technique known as story desensitization. This technique is designed to help kids become less fearful by making them face their fears in small steps.
At daytime, create short stories with your child in which his favorite fictional character overcomes nighttime fears. Try to keep the story as positive as possible and as the story progresses, introduce something a little scary to it that your child’s favorite character eventually conquers with some of the techniques mentioned in this article.
Counter Fearful Thoughts
With this method, you help your child think of safety, happiness, and bravery, all of which helps to give him a huge sense of control.
Create these images whenever the scary ones come up. When he’s scared of sleeping alone or being in the dark, you can tell him to imagine running or playing with his dog or any other pet.
Check Possible Sources Of Daily Stress
According to studies, children who suffer from daytime anxieties such as separation from parents, school-related anxiety, or other issues during the day are more likely to be terrified of the dark and sleeping alone. You can lessen your child’s nighttime fears significantly by helping him cope better with the daytime stress.
Reviewing The Sleep Schedule And Requirement
As kids grow, their sleep requirements may change. Because many parents tend to overestimate how much sleep their children need, they often try to make their kids sleep long before they feel sleepy. When this is done, your child will have more time to overthink his fears at night or when left to be alone in the dark.
Try gauging your child’s sleep requirements and if you discover that you’ve been sending him to sleep earlier than needed, you should consider reviewing the sleep schedule. No, he doesn’t have to spend the extra one or two hours watching TV, you can line up other fun activities such as storytelling or games.
No Terrifying Imageries, Stories Or TV Before Bed
Avoid watching frightening movies, telling disturbing stories, or other materials when your child is present and right before bedtime. Kids exposed to frightening stories have been found to sleep poorly and had more disturbed sleep compare to those who weren’t.
Be Swift In Your Response To Nightmares
Be prompt in your response to nightmares. Whenever it happens, reassure your child that the nightmare wasn’t real. Patiently explain to him that everyone has nightmares. Doing this instead of delaying will help to quickly dispel the scare of a frightening dream and this way, your child goes back to sleep quicker.
Provide A Night Light
Provide your child with a night light but ensure you only get one that gives off dim light with a soft warm hue. Avoid bright and red light as these inhibit the production of melatonin in the brain, and tend to prevent sleep.
Be Calm And Confident
You’re probably your child’s biggest model on many things. Thus, when he comes to you or reports his fears to you, try as much as possible to remain calm, confident, sensitive, and responsive.
Let him know that you completely understand his feelings and assure him that even the bravest of us get scared sometimes. You shouldn’t let your sympathy make you too protective of him. Our young ones can pick up fears by watching us. A child can grow more anxious or fearful once he sees that you’re anxious, worried, or fearful.
A Stuffed Animal/Toy Or Doll
Providing your child with a stuffed animal or soft toy can help to reduce nighttime fears. In one study, fearful children who received a toy showed lesser nighttime fears and sleep problems than the children in the control group.
As a parent, your child is probably not the only one suffering from the effect of nighttime fears. It may be depriving you of adequate sleep and it’s only normal to wish it would all end.
While you work towards curbing or stopping this behavior, you should not direct your anger at the child. Stopping or managing this behavior will take some time, and directing your resentment at your child will only worsen things and take you several steps backward. Remain patient even when it’s hard.
Most children will have nighttime fears at some point in their early years. When this happens, they’ll need you to be sensitive to their fears, temperaments, and needs. Kids suffering from nighttime fears also need to be reassured regularly so they have a sense of security and become able to successfully overcome their nighttime fears.
Finally, if your child suffers from severe nighttime fears or nightmares or his fears seem to linger despite all you do, you should consult with a doctor or a trained and licensed therapist. A thorough examination and evaluation will help the professional create a treatment plan according to your child’s specific needs.