We are finally busting out and heading outdoors! But now that we are moving beyond the climate control of our indoor locations, we must pay closer attention to what both ourselves and our children are wearing during class. Fortunately we live in Michigan, so the task of getting dressed for the elements is an adventure every day!
Here are some tips to help you navigate our ever changing wardrobe:
SPRING FOR MOMS
- Dress in layers - You can always take off clothes but you can't add any that you don't have! By the end of class, we are usually quite warm but the beginnings can be a little chilly. It's always best to bring a long sleeve with a t-shirt or tank underneath.
- Bring a head covering - Because we will be sweating, our heads can get pretty chilly from all the moisture evaporating. It may be in your best interest to wear a hat or earband to keep some of that warmth in.
- Footwear - Unfortunately for the next few months our park is going to be fairly soggy. If you just bought brand new shoes and you're nervous about getting mud on them, now might not be the time to break them in. Also make sure to check and see that you don't have air vents on the bottom of your shoes because you may end up with soggy feet!
- Stay hydrated - This doesn't really have anything to do with what you wear but I guess a water bottle could be considered an accessory :) It might seem cooler during your workout but that doesn't mean you no longer need water. You will still be losing moisture to sweat so make sure to rehydrate - especially if you are nursing!
SPRING FOR KIDDOS
- Dress in layers - Again, our Michigan weather is crazy so even if it is only 40 degrees at the beginning of class, it could be 60 degrees at the end when they want to be running around the playground! It's nice to be able to peel off a sweatshirt if you need to. The layers also help keep in extra heat, so a long sleeve shirt under a sweatshirt under a jacket is a good way to go.
- Stay warm - Since the kids aren't moving around, they are going to be cooler than us so keep that in mind. It's a good idea to keep a spare blanket in the car just in case it ends up being colder at the park than you were anticipating. A blanket wrapped around the legs is a great way to keep the heat in. And since we are out for an hour, hats and gloves are important on the chillier days.
- Rain coverings - If you have a rain cover for your stroller, that might be another thing to have with you in case of a rainy day. If it is raining hard during class, we will spend our time underneath the pavilion so everyone stays dry. But if it is only sprinkling, we will still be out as much as we can. Most strollers have a canopy that will keep the rain off so the kids will be good to go!
Feel free to leave a comment if there is something I missed or if you have a great tip you would like to add! We will be back with an updated list for our summer classes!