How to layer clothing

by Chava Sanderson

Wearing multiple layers of clothing is a “must” in Danish daycare.  Winters are usually cold and wet, and in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, temperatures can swing up and down throughout the day.  Layering clothing is a flexible way of dressing which helps children avoid getting too warm or too cold during the day. The typical wardrobe includes a base layer, main layer, extra layer, and an outer layer. 

Base layer

A close-fitting shirt or onesie is used for the base layer. The most common fabric for undergarments is cotton. However, wool is also a popular choice, especially for children who tend to feel chilly or for those who tend to sweat. A onesie is a great option for younger children. If your child uses an undershirt, it should be long enough to cover the entire torso without riding up during play. It can be long-sleeve, short-sleeve, or a tank-top, depending on the season. Some children also add tights or leggings to their base layer, especially in the winter. 

Main layer

The main layer consists of the typical clothes your child wears during the day. This can for example be a shirt with loose fitting pants, a shirt with a skirt, or a dress that is appropriate for the season. Daycares usually recommend that clothing is loose-fitting and comfortable to play in.

Extra layer

A cardigan, sweater or fleece is used as an extra layer for added warmth. Children often wear sweaters inside during the cold winter months, and outdoors under snowsuits on extra cold days. A sweater or fleece can also be combined with thermal outerwear on days when it is still a little too warm for a snowsuit. 

Outer layer

Outerwear is almost always necessary when children are outdoors, except on warm, sunny summer days. Depending on the season, outerwear can be a light jacket, a thermal suit (termotøj), rain clothes (regntøj), or a snow suit (flyverdragt). It is also common to layer outwear. For example, on a cold rainy day, rain clothes can be layered on top of thermal suits. This is also an option in late fall and early spring, where temperatures are very low in the mornings and warmer during the afternoons. Rain clothes are added to thermal suits during the mornings for added warmth, and removed when temperatures warm up in the afternoons. 

Hats and gloves are worn on cold or windy days. 

Extra focus on layers for older children

Children who attend kindergarten are often outdoors for 3-4 hours every day, and children in forest daycare are outdoors for most of the day in all types of weather. The more time your child spends outdoors, the more you will need to focus on their clothing. Children who spend most days outdoors may need to use wool or thermal underwear and wool sweaters in the winter. They will probably also need to have an extra set of rain clothes, jackets, and snowsuit available. 

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