Why Your Kids Need to Play in the Cold
As fall is coming to a close, the days are growing shorter and the temperature outside is falling along with the leaves. Cooler days don’t mean you need to stay inside. In fact, playing in the cold is actually beneficial to your family. We think you need to get your kids to the playground as often as possible. Here are three great reasons to get out in the cold and tips to keep your kiddos safe and comfortable.
Avoid Sickness by Playing Outside
Playing outside, even in cold temperatures, actually increases your kid’s immune system. Scientists have debunked the old myth that cold weather causes sickness time and time again. It just isn’t true. Being inside is actually kind of yucky because any germs you bring home with you just keep getting recirculated inside until they die. Because of this recirculation, the CDC found that being indoors exposes your kids to more germs than being outside. Bundle up and head outside for some fresh air to escape all the germs! A play date at your local playground will be a much needed break from being hunkered down in the house. Also, being outside helps form resistance to allergens. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends that even kids who are mildly ill but still active should play outside for short periods of time because outside play stimulates your immune system.
Soak Up the Benefits of Natural Vitamin D
Vitamin D is vital for you and your kids. If your body doesn’t have enough vitamin D all kinds of bad stuff can happen. Recently, there has been an increase in children experiencing a Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is crucial for the calcium absorption that is needed for strong bones. This is a huge problem for a child’s developing body. Children deficient in this vitamin can develop rickets. If this happens early in life, growth can be stunted, limbs may not grow straight and bones may be prone to breaking. Because childhood rickets is so dangerous, even your babies need to get out and get some sun this fall and winter. The best way for your kids to get their Vitamin D is from the sunshine. Very few foods supply this vitamin. Despite the cold, we still have sunny days in the fall and winter so get your kids outside to soak up some Vitamin D. An afternoon trip to the playground will get you all some much needed sunshine. To ensure your kids are getting the proper level of Vitamin D, please see your pediatrician.
Get the Benefits of Physical Activity
It is hard for kids to get their bodies moving enough to stay healthy if they stay inside all fall and winter. With all the indoor activities that involve sedentarily looking at screens, moving around just doesn’t happen like it needs to. According to the CDC, if a child is active at least 60 minutes a day, he will be healthier, happier, and more focused with improvement in school performance. Physical activity helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles. Active kids are less likely to be overweight or obese. This also decreases a child’s risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status. Physical activity is a necessary component of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy lifestyle isn’t something we strive for only half of the year. Keep up with your family health goals this fall and winter by playing outside together.
Now that we’ve looked at the reasons kids need to play in the cold, here are some tips to get outside this time of the year safely and comfortably.
- Never play outside in extreme cold temperatures. If the weather is below zero, please stay inside. Don’t go out in an active blizzard, ice storm or high winds. Playing in the cold is beneficial but not if it is dangerous.
- Watch out for cold weather hazards. Check for ice. Avoid puddles in the winter. Your kids need to stay dry in cold weather to avoid getting chilled too quickly. If your area recently experienced a snowstorm or ice accumulation, watch for areas where sharp icicles might fall.
- Stay outside for a set amount of time and come inside to warm up after that time has elapsed.
- Dress appropriately. Generally, children need one more layer of clothing than an adult in the cold. Multiple light layers is the way to go.
- Know the symptoms of hypothermia. There are several symptoms of mild hypothermia setting in but the first thing that will happen if your kids are getting too cold is they will shiver. When the shivering begins, the time outside should end. For more information on hypothermia, check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say.
- Take extra care with babies and young children. Little ones lose body heat quicker than older children because of their size. This can be troubling for parents of multiple children. If you need to get out so your older children can play but you are worried about your baby or toddler being too cold, you can take extra precautions. We recommend the Urban BundleMe and BundleMe Hat by JJ Cole Collections.
About JJ Cole Collections
You can turn to JJ Cole Collections for products that are incredibly useful, convenient and fashionable for parent, baby and toddlers alike. In addition to the BundleMe, JJ Cole offers diaper bags, accessories, carriers and products for travel and storage. Their products not only work great but look great because fashion and style is important to JJ Cole too.
The Urban BundleMe and BundleMe Hat by JJ Cole are the absolute best way to keep your baby warm this winter. The BundleMe can be used in a car seat, stroller or jogger. The quilted, nylon outside is wind and water resistant. The inside is lined with a luxuriously soft thermaplush that keeps your baby comfy and cozy when you are on the go in cold weather. Because the BundleMe wraps around your baby like a little sleeping bag, if baby gets too hot, the top is easily removable for temperature control. The BundleMe allows for the straps in a car seat to rest directly on baby, giving you a safe option for staying warm in the car. The BundleMe Hat is made with a comfy plush faux shearling, designed to stretch with your newborn as he grows. It is the perfect compliment to the BundleMe Urban.
Features You Will LOVE
- Wind and Water Resistant, with thermaplush for comfort
- Available in seven stylish colors
- Comes in 2 sizes, Infant (up to 1 year or 21 pounds) and Toddler (up to 3 years)
- Crash tested
- BundleMe Urban and BundleMe hat are both machine washable
The Urban BundleMe and BundleMe Hat are perfect for anyone with a baby this winter. You know you need to get outside and these products from JJ Cole Collections will allow you to do that without worrying about your baby getting too cold. The BundleMe is a parenting essential!
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EXPLORE AND CONNECT
Embrace the chilly weather that comes in fall and stays all winter. Your kids will benefit from the time outside and they may have even more fun. Cold weather creates a different environment that makes your backyard or the playground a totally different place to play than in the summer. Jump in the leaves, go acorn hunting, make snow angels, go sledding and enjoy the benefits of cooler weather on your kid’s well being. We think you will be feeling those benefits too!
Photo Credit: Kristen
Sources: Four Crucial Ways Playing Outdoors in Winter Benefits Children , The Health Benefits of Playing Outdoors in Winter , CDC Physical Activity Facts, Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency, AAP – Keeping Kids Safe in the Cold
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Kristen lives in Alabama with her handsome hubby and sweet son. Happily, she left behind the life of a Washington D.C. attorney to be a stay at home mama in the south. Her days are filled with writing, photography, and dance parties with her son. On a mission to use her life to love God and love others, you will also find her fiercely working on the many causes near and dear to her heart. She gets it all done thanks to Jesus, chai tea, dark chocolate, and wine.