Choosing the right snowsuit – A beginners guide

by Chava Sanderson

Danish winters are usually cold and wet, making the snow suit (flyverdragt) a staple in every child’s wardrobe. With so many choices, it can be hard to figure out how to choose a snow suit that will fit your child’s needs. This guide will give you some tips about what you should consider when selecting a snow suit to keep your child warm and dry throughout the long Danish winter.

When to start wearing a snow suit

One of the most common questions parents have about snow suits is when children should start wearing them. Most children switch to snow suits in late October or early November, depending on the weather.  The general rule is that snow suits are worn when temperatures drop to 8°C (46°F). Snow suit season usually ends in late March or April.

When to invest in a high-quality snow suit

The importance of buying a high-quality snow suit depends a lot on how your child will be spending their days. A child who spends most days outdoors in the rain and snow will have different needs than a child who spends the majority of time at home with a parent.

Children in nursery

Children in nursery spend an average of 1-2 hours a day outside, so it is important to find a snowsuit that is durable enough to the withstand wear and tear that comes with crawling on the ground, sitting in dirt and sand, and playing outdoors for an extended amount of time.  

Some nursery groups tend to stay indoors in extra wet weather. If this is the case, you can probably get away with choosing a water-resistant snow suit, which should keep your child dry for short amounts of time in damp, misty weather. However, if your child spends time outside in rainy weather, you should choose a fully waterproof snowsuit. If you are in doubt, talk to the daycare staff to see what they recommend.  

Children in kindergarten

Most children in kindergarten spend a minimum of 3 hours a day outside, even if it is raining or snowing. They will most likely need a fully water-proof, breathable and very durable snow suit that can withstand many hours of outdoor use. Although a high-quality snow suit usually keeps a child dry in all types of weather, snow suits are actually not made for rainy weather, and the outer layers of a suit can become soaked with water. Therefore, in periods where there is a lot of rain or wet snow, children may need to have 2 snow suits available, one for the morning and an extra one for the afternoon. 

Children at home

Even if your child spends most days indoors, it can still be a good idea to have a snow suit on hand to use when playing outside or going for walks. Children’s clothing stores often have warm, water-resistant snow suits that are fine for keeping children dry and warm outdoors for short periods of time. If you do not want to invest in a full snow suit, another option is a pair of ski pants that can be used with a winter coat.

Snow suit vs. jacket/ski pants

Daycares prefer using snow suits

Most children who attend nursery and kindergarten use a one-piece snow suit. Children are encouraged to dress themselves in daycare, and one-piece suits are easy for young children to put on without help from adults. One-piece suits also ensure that a child’s midriff stays warm and dry, even while crawling around in the rain or snow. 

Using winter jackets and ski pants

Some parents find that snow suits can be a bit cumbersome and prefer using a winter jacket with ski pants. This can be a good option for older children in kindergarten who know how to zip a jacket and button pants, or for children who stay at home with an adult who can help them get dressed. If you do choose winter separates, you should choose a longer jacket that goes below the waste and ski pants with suspenders, which will help keep your child’s midriff dry and warm.

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