3 layers, or how to dress a child in winter?

You may have noticed that the clothes in our store are divided into categories of warmth, water resistance and breathability. We were inspired by the philosophy of dressing like an onion, known in Poland for years, combined with three layers of children's clothing, which Scandinavian manufacturers often refer to.

About dressing on top

Most parents intuitively know what it means to dress a child in an onion. There are three layers of clothes:

  • base,

  • middle

  • and top.

The problem arises at the stage of selecting specific solutions and technologies. That's why we would like to dispel some myths about three-layer clothing for children and tell you how to dress your child in winter to keep them warm and comfortable.

Base layer

When buying winter clothes, we usually focus on technologically advanced jackets and refined overalls. Very often, parents pay less attention to the base layer, which is treated as an addition. It is not visible under clothes, so it seems worth saving on it. And yet it is  that element of clothing has constant contact with the child's skin!

In short, the base layer is designed to wick away moisture, resulting in dry and warm baby skin. And here you can see what can end up with putting a plain cotton t-shirt or synthetic, poor quality fabric under a thick jacket. The child sweats or wets his feet in a puddle. The clothes get soaked. The child is cold because his skin is in constant contact with a wet surface that does not dry out for a long time.

That's why we choose warm and light merino wool base clothes brand reima and soft  for our children thermoactive underwear didriksonsmade of synthetic fabric. Some people are afraid of "synthetics" in contact with the baby's skin. However, it all depends on quality. Good artificial fabrics evaporate moisture quickly, so they work well as a base layer in a three-layer clothing system. Poor synthetic fabrics hidden under thick sweaters and jackets can be very irritating.

How to dress your child in winter - middle layer

Our parents often dressed us on top: a jacket or overalls on top, a sweater underneath, and a T-shirt underneath. The middle layer of clothing retains heat  It is suitable for both fleece clothes, wool, synthetic sports clothes, as well as cotton blouses and sweatshirts . The latter, however, easily soak up water and, consequently, cool down. So if your child is very active and sweats, it is better to give up cotton.

Three layers of clothing: outer layer

The quality of the outer layer determines whether moisture will not get inside. The most common mistake when choosing the outer layer of clothing is using clothes that are too tight . The point is not only that there must be room for a thick sweater underneath. Ideally, warm air flows freely between the tighter middle layer and the top layer. To keep you really warm inside, you can choose clothes that are additionally protected against weather conditions. For example, didriksons and reima clothes often have glued seams, so wind and moisture will not get inside even through small holes where the material is sewn.

While the base and middle layers can theoretically be made with a fairly simple technique, it's not worth saving on a good jacket or outer suit.It's all about water resistance - check the certificates before you buy a jacket that is used to dress your child on the bulb Thanks to the scale visible next to each garment in our store, you can tell to what extent how much the garment is breathable, warm and waterproof. Choose the thickest and most durable clothes as the top layer, remembering to keep breathable and lightweight clothes as close to the child's body as possible.


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