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How to layer up your kid properly for a warm and cosy adventure

December 07 2023 – Anne Brillet

How to layer up your kid properly for a warm and cosy adventure
How to layer up your kid properly for a warm and cosy adventure

When kids are in a baby carrier, they don't get to move around much and are unable to communicate if they are feeling cold. Hence, whether you are going for a stress-free holiday in the mountains or just everyday warmth, it's crucial to dress them up in layers so that they stay comfortable and cosy.

It is important to dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing according to your needs. However, not all materials provide the same level of warmth, which we will discuss in this article.



1. Base-layer

The purpose of your base-layer is to draw away any sweat or moisture from your skin while providing additional warmth. Therefore, it is essential to choose a material like merino or thermal, as they are excellent at wicking away moisture from the body.

2. Mid-layer

The mid-layer of your clothing is responsible for providing warmth. This layer is usually made of materials like fleece, down or synthetic insulation such as Primaloft. The air trapped between the fabric is what helps you stay warm, which is why thicker materials are often better but not always, especially when it's extremely cold outside.

3. Outer-layer

The outer-layer of clothing that your child wears is an essential part of their protection against the elements. It serves as a barrier between them and the harsh outside world, shielding them from the wind, rain, and other environmental factors.



The main difference 

The primary contrast between down feathers and Primaloft lies in their respective warmth and waterproofing qualities. Down feathers are undeniably the warmest midlayer option, but if they get wet due to rain or perspiration, the air between the feathers collapses, and their warming properties are lost.

This is why Primaloft is a better option for camping trips or situations where there might not be any shelter, as it provides excellent warmth while still being water-resistant.



All waterproof clothing is also windproof, and most windproof clothing is at least water-resistant. However, it is important to ensure that if you are going to get wet, the seams of your child's jacket are at least critically taped. This means that the seams in the shoulders and sides are reinforced with a watertight tape to prevent water from seeping through.

Your fabric's waterproofing will be measured using a 6" tube with added pressure, measuring in millimetres to replicate water height. The higher the number, the more waterproof it is. Anything around 5000mm and up will be suitable for your kid. Anything over 20,000 is mountaineering grade. 

It's worth considering the breathability of your clothing, which is measured in grams. This is the weight of water that evaporates from the fabric over 24 hours. A higher number indicates better breathability in the fabric.

At Mounts, we only provide you with the best quality of gear for your littles to make sure your next adventure is a pleasant one which is why we chose Primaloft for our sleeping bags and have top quality fleece and merino thermals available in our line up.