To make sure winter fun stays fun, here are a few useful safety reminders:
- Children under the age of five should never slide alone on a sled.
- A bike helmet does not protect as well as a ski or hockey helmet. Bike helmets haven’t been tested in temperatures below -10 °C. Moreover, they must be replaced after every impact.
- It’s better to sit or kneel on a sled. Lying down increases the risk of head and back injury.
Stuck inside during a blizzard? Enjoy the moment by doing something special! Here are a few ideas to pass the time:
- Write a short story, and then disguise your children as the characters so you can take some pictures of them to illustrate your book. Priceless memories!
- Make a collective work of art. Take out crayons, paintbrushes, glue and some old magazines. Cover the table with an old tablecloth and place a large sheet of paper on top. The whole family can join in by adding drawings, gluing pictures, and so on.
- Play reverse hide-and-seek. Also known as “sardines”, this is a great game to play when there’s a group. One person goes to hide while the others count to 20. You can then pair up to look for the hidden person. Once you find them, instead of saying anything, stay quiet and hide with them! You soon end up all squeezing into a tiny hiding place and trying not to laugh so you don’t get found! The last person to find the group becomes the next one to hide. Little ones love this game!
It’s better to avoid baby carriers that go on your back in the winter because babies are less protected from the wind and cold. Front carriers are best.
More and more parents are opting for second-hand items to dress their children or equip them for sports. Classified ad sites, thrift shops, and parents’ exchange groups on Facebook can help you buy clothes at low cost that are often still in very good condition. It can also create an opportunity to talk about the environment with your child! Don’t forget about the library and toy library to borrow books and toys.
To enjoy winter, kids need to dress warmly. Here are some tips on how to make sure of this:
- Cover up your child’s ears, hands and feet. Children lose almost half their heat through their extremities.
- Follow the onion model by dressing your child in several layers. This is more effective than just putting on one thick sweater. You also need to make sure your child’s clothing and boots are big enough, as the air between the layers acts as insulation.
- Choose the right fabrics. Synthetic fibres (e.g. nylon) keep in the heat better. Cotton takes the longest to dry and your child may get cold if his clothes are damp from the snow or from sweating. Wool, on the other hand, is a good insulator; it’s lightweight and locks in heat.
Source : magazine Naître et grandir, janvier-février 2017
Rédaction : Josée Bournival
Photo : Maxime Morin