Well, the weather outside might not be frightful, but it is a little chilly. Still, we are making every effort to keep our classroom doors open after the morning chill abates. The lessons learned in nature can not be replicated inside. How could one reproduce the trill of migratory birds heading south or the changing colors of swirling pecan leaves falling to the earth?
As the children at the center bundle up for winter play, one group finds itself in a quandary- our Mobiles.
Mobile Infants while out and about, are not yet up and about. They scoot on hands, knees, forearms, and bellies propelled forward oftentimes by one little big toe. For them, stockinged feet are slippery while leggings or pants cause ramps, steps and slides to be a bit more hazardous. Ideally, your child should be able to touch skin to surface along all points of contact with the ground while learning to motivate his body in space. For most Mobiles this means hands, knees and feet should be bare.
But that doesn’t mean your little one needs to chilly during her play. In layering up your child to brace the elements for winter fun, make sure your Mobile Infant is equipped with these 3 favorites:
Socks and pants pose the greatest safety hazard for Mobiles making their way up inclines, stairs and ramps designed to challenge and strengthen their gross motor dexterity. Leaving a baby bare from the waist down, though, also leaves her stripped down as her maturing body learns to regulate her body temperature. LEG WARMERS TO THE RESCUE- keeping a good part of her leg’s surface area under warm wrap.
No one should under estimate the power of the LONG SLEEVED ONSIE. Snapped in, the onsie is sure to stay in place as your little one climbs, rolls, and creeps about his day. It’s the essential bottom layer.
Even if bare from the waist down, your baby is warm if her core is warm. Look for fleece over padding to ensure a fuller range of motion. Check out hoodies for strings or buttons that could pose choke hazards. A nice, warm hoody when checked out for safety is preferred over a conventional hat. Those rarely make it on more than a few minutes before becoming a play object of its own.
Often times the adult monitoring the play space has not been as active as the Mobiles residing within. If you’re unsure of the child’s comfort, observe. Does he seem happy? Is he engaged? Is he actively playing?
Still not sure- take an opportunity to touch her skin. If she feels chilled to you, try adding another layer to the core. If you feel leggings or pants are in order, adjust your environment to avoid slip and trip hazards. Oh, and feel free to close the door when it’s a wee too chilly and moderation is in order.