Be like a bird this winter
Have you seen birds sitting all puffed up in the colder months? This is their winter wardrobe. Those fluffed up feathers trap air. and these air pockets keep their bodies warm. They have another trick too. Their feathers are covered in a protective oil that provides further insulation and waterproofing, so they can withstand the wind and rain.
The birds have got it sussed for colder weather. Our poor, furless and featherless bodies have not. But we can copy the birds’ insulation and waterproofing techniques using layers.
At Kozi Kidz we’re big fans of layers. As the deep-freeze sets in, we urge you to ditch the big winter coat and layer up to stay warm instead.
An effective layer system does two things. It keeps moisture away from your body and traps heat, keeping you warm. It’s also flexible enough that you can respond to changing conditions – layering up and down if you’re feeling uncomfortably hot or cold. This is especially good for young kids who go through phases of running around outside, then wanting to sit and snuggle. Having an extra layer packed is always a good way to go.
So what does optimal layering look like?
Your base layer
The base layer is the clothing you put on first against your skin. You want it to feel snug and comfortable. It has two jobs: to wick away moisture (sweat, rain or anything else!) and to provide an initial layer of insulation. Synthetic fabrics and merino wool are both good choices for a base layer. Whatever fabric you choose: avoid cotton. Cotton will soak up moisture then stay wet, meaning you’ll get cold fast, even in warm weather. See our range of base layers here.
Your mid layer
The mid layer exists to provide insulation. You want it to direct any body heat back towards your body, and keep the cold out. An ideal mid layer is breathable and will wick away moisture from your body to evaporate, rather than be trapped next to your skin. A micro-fleece is an example of a good base layer. You can have a number of mid layers, depending on the level of cold. To get some ideas, view our range here.
Your outer layer
The outer layer is all about keeping the weather out! So you want it to be water and wind proof. Ideally you also want it to be breathable, so any moisture you’ve generated with all your exertions will be wicked away from your body. Your outer layer doesn’t necessarily have to be your warmest item – that’s likely to be your mid layer. It’s the pockets of air created as you wear the items together that work the magic. Take a look at our outer layers.
A final word: the extremities!
Don’t forget about your head, fingers and toes! They need a layer of insulation too. Birds often stand on one foot in winter to keep the other foot warm. We’re lucky – insulating socks mean we don’t have to spend the cold months hopping about to warm our feet up!
Whatever the weather, layers mean you’re ready to play. So take a lesson from the birds, get insulated and get your layers on!