We go out at least for a short walk and to play outside even when it is very cold. I can't imagine staying cooped up all the time. We do always bundle up and wear appropriate gear.
Are you not taking your child out when it's cold? - Page 2
I've never kept my children inside because it is too cold. The only weather that keeps my children inside is lightening or tornado sirens.
(I've had several parents at school say they do not think children should go outside at school if it is below freezing. So I guess they do not think children should play in snow? )
I live in Beijing and Chinese people are really obsessive about keeping their kids out of the elements. Every time I take the kids out in the winter I get comments about how cold it is and how the kids shouldn't be out. Every time. People here are also firm believers in the theory that cold, and especially the wind, can cause colds.
I do tend to avoid going out when it is super cold just because I'm a wimp and I hate it. I grew up in the South so the when it gets down to -12C like it was the other day, with strong winds, I'm pretty miserable. But I recognize that the kids can't stay inside for three months, they'd go crazy, so we make an effort to go out and do stuff, even if it is only for a short amount of time.
We go outside in all kinds of weather including the cold. One of my goals as a parent is to raise my DD so she does NOT fear the cold.
I'm surprised a pediatrician would say it's too cold for children. It seems to me that lots of LO's don't get cold so easily -- they have these great little heating systems and they do just fine in the cold. It's the adults who get cold -- not the kids.
We avoid the cold if there is lots of wind. We also do not stay out very long at a time with our 3 and 5 year old, because they get cold quickly. Our 8 year old loves to play outside in the snow and does for long periods of time. He was in and out of the house for most of the day today, and it was about 34 today.
I grew up in Minnesota. We didn't have outdoor recess if it was well below zero. That's below zero Fahrenheit, or about -18 C. I remember going downhill skiing when it was -17 F (-28 C). It probably wasn't the smartest thing my dad ever did with us, but it was fun and there was no one else on the slopes!
If your child is appropriately dressed and doesn't stay outside too long after getting wet, it's fine.
I find the pacific NW winter weather much harder to deal with. There is only so much you can do in the rain.
My dd loved playing outside in the snow and cold when she was younger. We dressed properly. I always went out with her because she would keep playing even if she lost a mitten or something.
I don't know what too cold is. I think there is a point where it can be too cold to be out for long with wind and such but 30 degrees doesn't seem that cold.
We go out if we feel like it and stay in if we don't. I don't see what the big deal is. DS is old enough to decide that for himself. Well not if we need to run errands or whatever, but to play. He doesn't ask often in the winter, but sometimes a romp in the snow is just what he needs. We don't take DD out much because of her health problems, but I have no issues with it if we need to go somewhere. It's supposed to be unseasonably warm the next 2 days and we are going to take the kids to see the zoo lights. It will probably be in the high 30's this evening.
I don't think it's healthy to huddle up ALL winter. Even 10 minutes outside can be refreshing, or just walking from through the parking lot to get to the grocery store.
How cold is it? Because your pediatrician is full of "something." Your DD isn't a newborn, for goodness sake. He/she probably just doesn't like being cold.
I live in Canada and if we didn't go outside in the winter we'd go crazy!!!!! It has to be really cold for us to not go outside because it's "too cold". Sometimes we don't use our car because of bad weather and road conditions, but that doesn't stop us from playing outside.
definitely! i don't drive so i purposely bought a jogging stroller b/c the big tires can manage the snow. i bundle my boys up in snowsuits and cover the stroller with a weather shield and away we go. however, i'm amazed by how ppl respond to extreme weather (winter and summer!!) i rarely see ppl walking anywhere, even kids, in this town. parents drive kids everywhere, no one walks places. it's sad. some kids i see now and then but generally, i'm alone on the streets. no wonder they don't do a good job clearing the sidewalks. i saw some parents walking ONCE when it was a mild fall day. ONCE!! ugh. it's 1 k to school so DS walks that 1 k home after i pick him up. kids who live a block or 2 away get picked up and it's astounding to me.
On really cold days, we don't stay out very long but we still go out. I have a fleece pouch sling for DB and a babywearing coat that keep us toasty on even the coldest days.
The key is dressing for it. If you have the right clothes and gear, cold weather can be really fun.
If we didn't go outside once the temperature dropped below freezing, we'd be stuck indoors from late October/earlyNovember to late march/early April. Staying indoors is just not an option here, unless you want to go mental. I follow our school's guidelines for deciding if it's too cold to go outside to play. If the air temp or combined air temp/windchill is colder than -27C/-17F, we don't go outside. Having said that, I will let my older 2 go out to play for a bit on a sunny, calm -30C day as the sun combined with the physical activity will keep them quite warm. When DS2 was a baby, we walked my oldest to and from kindergarten daily following the same cold weather guidelines as the school. I put DS2 in a fleece bunting w/wool socks and mitts on, put on the fleece inner of my parka, put DS2 in the Ergo on my chest and then zipped up my windproof shell over both of us. He was always toasty warm. We still walk to school most days and DS2 (now 2.5) happily walks along, properly dressed for the weather.
This idea that babies/toddlers can't go out when it's below freezing just blows my mind. My kids will happily spend the afternoon outside in -20C weather, coming in not b/c they're cold but b/c they have to pee and it's too much of a PITA, in their opinion, to get bundled back up again.
I think there are a lot of people who still hang onto the idea that it's cold weather that causes colds and flu. This is a very persistent cultural myth we have. I had a student of mine whose mother told me that him having a cold was all his fault, because he refuses to put his gloves on when she tells him to.
The woman who cuts DS' hair tried to tell him that being wet/cold causes colds, and he wouldn't let go of asking for a real explanation. She got so flustered by it because she couldn't explain why. "That's just the way it is. Everyone knows that!"
We live in the Midwest. I'm from the Deep South. We're not in a particularly bad area for winter weather, though it's about as far into "cold" territory as I would choose to live. I have to make myself go outside in the cold. I'd say below about 40, and I really could stay inside. It's just that it's insidious for everyone's mental health, and for me, I slowly feel worse and worse until I'm just in a terrible place all the time. Since I know that, I make a concerted effort to go outside for a few minutes everyday even when the temps are in single digits.