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How to dress your kids for mid-season?

Rain and temperature variations are often commonplace during spring and fall in Canada. Here are our tips on how to dress your kids appropriately!

Getting your kids and babies properly dressed for the outdoors in spring or autumn can be a real headache. Here are our tips to keep your little ones warm and dry.

Comment habiller vos enfants au printemps?

Layer up

Remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. So when temps drop, the art of layering becomes the rule of the thumb. This tried-and-tested system is the best way to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather.

Base layer: merino wool

The first layer is the most important, because it is worn closest to the skin. Since comfort is key, this will make all the difference between a fun outdoor adventure or a miserable one. With this in mind, be sure that the base layer it’s not too tight around the neck (you can always cover it with a scarf), and avoid cotton because it can get soaked quickly and it takes a long time to dry. A base layer with brushed interior will be warmer, but a base layer with a smooth finish will dry faster and be more versatile.

Mid layer: fleece sweater

The second layer brings warmth, but may not be relevant unless Mother Nature foresees big temperature swings. You really need to think about how easy it is for kids to put it on and take off. For example, for the youngest, find a garment with a zipper, and for the oldest, a half-zipper to encourage independence.

Outer layerlayer: mid-season coat and/or snowsuit

The third layer provides protection from the elements: wind, rain and surprise snow! There are two types of mid-season jackets to choose from: water-resistant and waterproof. Both are available from Decathlon, for boys and girls.

Comment habiller vos enfants au printemps?

Dress for the activity

You're not going to dress the same for an easy stroll along the water as for the Acropole-des-Draveurs. Not only do you need to take into account the nature of the activity (gear and footwear), but also the weather (humidity, wind or rain).


Make sure everyone's happy (i.e. the kids having fun and the parents holding it all together), by choosing easy-care, confortable and technical clothing for the activity (UV protection, waterproof-breathable fabric, etc.).


Waterproof apparel are great for rain protection throughout the activity, but they are made of several layers of fabric which makes them heavier and less compact. A water-resistant jacket treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish will be lighter, but won't offer much protection against heavy downpours. It's up to you to decide how your child reacts, and how much space you allow in your backpack.


It all depends on Mother Nature's mood, the time of year and how your child's body reacts to exercise (we all have an acquaintance or family member who is always cold or hot). Insulation will ensure that your child enjoys the activity throughout. And don't forget, good thermal protection is also useful against humidity and intense heat.

Comment habiller vos enfants au printemps?

Rain boots: which ones to choose?

Let’s face it. Kids rain boots are made for maximum puddle-splashing fun. Whether you're strolling around town, enjoying a water sport or taking on a path of fresh melted snow, you need to adapt your choice of footwear according to distance, activity (easy or technical) and ease of maintenance.

For short distances, a boot wider at the ankle may do the trick, but to hike a winding path, you will need waterproof hiking boots. Boys, girls and even babies: we've got it all!

Comment habiller vos enfants au printemps?

Feet, hands, head: don't forget the extremities!

Our parents used to say it all the time, and a little birdie tells us that you do the same with your youngest and your oldest: you must always protect your extremities. Whether it's with a hat or warm and waterproof gloves, these items take up very little space and can easily allow you to enjoy the family outing just a little bit longer.

Now that we've shared all our tips, you're ready to set off on a family adventure to create endless memories that will keep your kids energized outdoors. Enjoy your time outside!

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