The end is nigh for the summer holidays...it's almost our Autumn term!
With lots of new starters and lots of rapidly growing children, we've been asked by many parents if we can provide a kit list suggestion for how we recommend you dress your children at Little Forest Folk when the weather starts to cool down.
Our experience shows us that during Autumn/Winter children need:
Layers. Layers. Layers!
Base layer - thermals (we suggest the merino wool thermals)
Next bottom layer - fleece or other warm tracksuit bottoms (we suggest monte fleece trousers)
First top layer - long sleeve tshirt
Second top layer (on cold days) - fleece jumper (we suggest etna half zip fleece)
Third top layer - fleece jacket (we suggest monte fleece jacket)
Final layer - Little Forest Folk waterproofs
Extra layers - a neck scarf is a good idea (we suggest kumo neck scarf)
We recommend welly socks and unless it's really wet, snow boots can be warmer than wellies. Jojo Maman Bebe does great snow boots which teamed with a pair of their welly socks can keep little ones toasty warm. They aren't very waterproof however so we are currently working with potentially alternative suppliers of thermal boots to ensure we can keep the kiddies warm AND dry at the same time! We will keep you posted.
We recommend wellies with 2 pairs of socks. The bottom a thin cotton sock then top sock a thick wool or fluffy bed sock, similar to those sold next to the checkout at H&M. Jojo Maman Bebe does great wellies and don't forget that Little Forest Folk parents enjoy a 10% discount at Jojo Maman Bebe.
A good hat is a must. Jojo Maman Bebe have lovely warm hats which aren't waterproof but you can always pop their hoods up on those occasional wet days.
We experimented a lot with gloves last year. Obviously the best suggestion to keep warm is lovely thick waterproof ski gloves. If you have a child who will wear those, fabulous news. We discovered that most children don't like the curtailment of freedom that they feel in such bulky gloves so we find ourselves recommending sending little ones with a multipack of gloves similar to these from H&M. If you then on cold days pop a layer of fleece mittens on top, that should keep them warm. As gloves can get wet during fun playing with mud, we ask you to please ensure you have lots of spare pairs in their bags from approximately October onwards.
I know it seems wrong to be thinking of winter already but on this rainy day it seemed a good time to let parents start to get ahead with their shopping!
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