With the big freeze coming, how do you keep boys' legs warm on the school run?

(58 Posts)
werenotreallyhere Mon 18-Nov-13 11:44:32

Do people tend to put thermals under the trousers, put on a big old snow suit, or something else? Just trying to get organised before everything sells out! Thanks in advance

Do you mean school age or younger? On younger children I use tights and/or leggings.

noblegiraffe Mon 18-Nov-13 12:02:39

I wasn't planning on doing anything for my school-aged DS. I don't do anything special to keep my legs warm! We have waterproof trousers for when it's wet.

I put tights under trousers and extra thick socks on my ten month old.

capsium Mon 18-Nov-13 12:06:33

Not done before. Keep moving. Nice warm hat, coat and gloves has been enough for my DC. I rarely wear much else. Got too hot quite easily when used to go skiing. Didn't like wearing the thermals, although people had recommended them.

Periwinkle007 Mon 18-Nov-13 12:06:46

once at school I don't think people worry about it do they? my daughters are only in tights or over the knee socks (well and a pinafore etc before anyone comments)

there was a little boy in my daughter's class last year who wore long johns which my daughter came home quite fascinated about after they got changed for PE. she had no idea such things existed.

PatriciaHolm Mon 18-Nov-13 12:08:27

Nothing. DS is still in shorts! He's never cold enough to warrant anything special other than trousers.

DoTheStrand Mon 18-Nov-13 12:11:54

DS1 is in reception. It is a nightmare just getting him to wear a coat and have one fastening done up, let alone wear hats, scarves and gloves. So when it comes to legs I just thank the lord he actually agrees to wear trousers smile He does run about pretending to be Captain Adorable from Gigglebiz though so that keeps him warm.

DS2 is in a pushchair, I don't put anything under his trousers but try to make sure he's wearing his jeans or cords, both of which are slightly padded. He sits on the bottom bit of his cosytoes but doesn't like the top bit being zipped on (he is v tall and finds it constricting I think).

badguider Mon 18-Nov-13 12:15:34

waterproof overtrousers if its very wet but otherwise i dont believe it gets cold enough here if they are walking to need anything else. long johns if sitting still watching rugby or similar.

Margetts Mon 18-Nov-13 12:18:00

Winter boots and ordinary school trousers. My DS has his coat off at school this morning and is was -2C.
I usually find they will tell you when it's cold.

LittleMissGreen Mon 18-Nov-13 12:26:18

Depends how much snow we are walking through.
If it is just cold, then nothing - just coat/hat/gloves
If a few inches of snow on the ground - at least waterproof trousers and wellies (phew glad I noticed that had autocorrected before I posted), to make sure they don't get too wet on the way.
If a foot of snow on the ground (or more - last school year was up to 4 feet) then probably a snow suit, or joggers and water proof trousers and get changed into school uniform when arrive .

werenotreallyhere Mon 18-Nov-13 12:56:04

Thanks all, he's in reception. I was freezing last year so just ordered some thermal leggings for me, but it think I forgot that he doesn't stand around waiting for him in the school yard and he is always moving so you're all right, he won't need them. One more thing ticked off the list, thanks!

Shellywelly1973 Mon 18-Nov-13 12:56:56

I put long socks on my ds' in winter. Not much else you can do...

werenotreallyhere Mon 18-Nov-13 12:57:58

And thanks for the suggestions of waterproof trousers, I'll pick up a pair, just in case.

DeWe Mon 18-Nov-13 13:23:40

Ds (year 2) insists on shorts all year round. He scoots to school and complains if I try and put a coat on him even in snow. He does wear gloves and a hat without complaining usually.

Periwinkle007 Mon 18-Nov-13 14:19:26

I think as parents we can forget they are charging around all the time, we are the ones standing still.

MirandaWest Mon 18-Nov-13 14:26:29

DS doesn't do wearing trousers. Last time he DS was in April for the St George's Day parade with cubs. Does help that we live 2 minutes away from school but people do ask me if he's cold...

BornToFolk Mon 18-Nov-13 14:29:37

DS wore tights last year when he was in Reception. Grey and grey/black striped ones from H&M. He loved wearing them and used to ask to put them on.
I'm not sure if he'll be so keen this year so if not, I'll probably get him some longer, possibly thermal socks.

TwoLeftSocks Mon 18-Nov-13 14:41:24

What a good idea - I want thermal leggings now!

My DS is still in shorts too grin.

dingledongle Mon 18-Nov-13 14:44:09

When we have the snow I give the children thermal leggings to put on under their clothes. You can buy them from M and S. Be sure to get the boys ones a they are designed like pants so they do not have to keep pulling them up and down!

dingledongle Mon 18-Nov-13 14:44:41

When we have the snow I give the children thermal leggings to put on under their clothes. You can buy them from M and S. Be sure to get the boys ones a they are designed like pants so they do not have to keep pulling them up and down!

lljkk Mon 18-Nov-13 14:45:45

Signing into the Owners-of-small-DS-still-in-Shorts club.
He didn't even wear a coat today, either.
Fully expecting a word in my ear at 3:10pm from teacher. blush

Taffeta Mon 18-Nov-13 14:48:00

Not school run but DS plays a lot of football and wears leg skins under his shorts. These would also work under school trousers so if he got cold legs I would get him to wear them. No way he'd wear tights or thermals.

Lweji Mon 18-Nov-13 14:49:44

I used to put DS in thermals when it was really freezing.
But I'm sure that he'd have been fine without them, actually. I feel the cold much more than he does.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 18-Nov-13 14:51:43

Im a warm enough obsessive! Both mine wore thermal vests and long johns in winter. DD who really used to suffer from the cold as a smally would have snowboots too. Hats, gloves and a waterproof coat were also a must.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Mon 18-Nov-13 17:18:04

Our school insist on shorts for boys and skirts for girls; no trousers at all. I think it's astonishing in 2013 shock

UniS Mon 18-Nov-13 21:44:53

waterproof trews if its wet, if its not wet he seems to keep warm enough , just as I do by brisk walking.
He is still wearing shorts, but with long socks, he likes his long socks.

Bunnyjo Mon 18-Nov-13 21:54:40

DD wears a long sleeve thermal vest and thermal long johns leggings under her uniform when it gets really cold. We live way 'oop north' and her school like to make the most of the vast outdoors they have (rural school) even in the middle of winter, so she really does need to wear warm clothes. I prefer to wrap her in layers, as she can remove some if she gets too warm.

darksparrow Mon 18-Nov-13 22:02:57

Sainsburys normally do long johns for boys - I normally pick up a couple of pairs. We live in Scotland so mine wear salopettes and snow boots to school when we get snow and have their school trousers underneath and school shoes in their locker and get changed when they get to school. H&M and Costco good for cheap salopettes - handy to have for sledging!

cakesaregood Mon 18-Nov-13 22:22:09

We're in the 'still in shorts' category too! In fact we have 2 pairs of trousers hanging up in case we have a week of snow like last year. Someone will get some good quality hand me downs next year :-)

We've outgrown the preschool waterproof dungarees though. Can we really justify the carbon footprint for possibly one week??

UniS - I like long socks too, but DSs gave up on those as too much hard work!

starfishmummy Mon 18-Nov-13 22:26:02

Couple of boys near us wear shorts year round (private school uniform). I even saw them playing out in the snlw in them. Actually it seemed sensible as legs dry mkre easily than trousers!!

ShoeWhore Mon 18-Nov-13 22:29:54

Waterproof trousers for deep snow but otherwise just school trousers.

It's really very warm in most schools so I think they would overheat in long johns (and die of embarrassment grin )

Dc3 came out of school tonight and promptly stripped down to just polo shirt so I'm not too worried...

capercaillie Mon 18-Nov-13 22:34:49

Shorts still here - and for as long as he wants. He won't get cold. He would get massively too hot if he wore anything underneath school trousers - schools tend to be well heated.

itscockyfoxagain Tue 19-Nov-13 07:31:58

Both of mine have snow boots and salopettes for over the top and take off when we get to school only when it is is properly cold though.

LittleMissGreen Tue 19-Nov-13 08:43:17

Do those in shorts live in the balmy south? Or do they wear them even in the snow? (Genuinely curious as the snow here gets so deep that the only way the kids can get to school is to crawl over the top of it as it can get to their head height)

One of my boys wear shorts, the older one gets to wear trousers now. The one in shorts has it much easier. I just make sure he has spare socks (they're long). To be fair they do t walk to school but they do spend more time outside at school than the average.

OhYouBadBadKaleds Tue 19-Nov-13 09:04:05

LMG - do they not clear the paths then? That sounds like a very exhausting way to go to school.

LittleMissGreen Tue 19-Nov-13 09:17:34

They clear the roads but there is too much snow to clear paths as well - last winter (which was particularly bad to be fair) there was 4 feet where not drifted and up to 10feet in the drifts. There just isn't anywhere to put that much snow. There isn't room for cars to pass pedestrians easily on the cleared roads so have to lift the kids up onto the top of the snow piles when the cars come by - which in rush hour is regularly.

OhYouBadBadKaleds Tue 19-Nov-13 09:19:31

That is rather a lot of snow!

Preciousbane Tue 19-Nov-13 09:22:15

My DS just doesn't feel the cold and insists on wearing shorts in the winter. He played footie in the garden at the weekend and got so hot he stripped off topless much to the amusement of his friend, that was a bit much for me.

SerialStudent Tue 19-Nov-13 09:45:39

My son wears school shorts all year thru - we travel by car mostly unless it is snowing then we have to walk or part walk/part bus.

If walking in snow then salopettes are the order of the day. Salopettes stay in school for snow playtimes too.

Otherwise if just cold then a base later under school uniform - white top and grey base layer cycling shorts. The cycling shorts idea is new to me - recommended by a school mum friend - and just makes do much sense. Until now we've managed with just base layer top tho.

werenotreallyhere Tue 19-Nov-13 13:45:39

Thanks all again, and thanks to the person who recommended the H&M salopettes, they look perfect for snowy days

Artandco Tue 19-Nov-13 13:54:00

Tights under trousers. It's freezing out ( IMO)

Toddlers have been out in tights and jeans/ joggers over the top and warm boots, and I have been wearing tights under jeans. Everyone also has vests/ thermal tops/ ski socks etc most of the time.... I hate being cold and so do they.

noblegiraffe Tue 19-Nov-13 14:51:27

Hah, I didn't know what salopettes were so just googled. They are not the things like tennis rackets that you strap to your feet in snow. I did think that would be excessive for the school run! grin

BlastOff Tue 19-Nov-13 19:09:53

Ds1 has lined trousers from m&s. He is a skinny little thing though, and really feels the cold. We do have long johns/ thermals from last year, but but worried he'll get teased if he wears them this year now he's at school.

UniS Tue 19-Nov-13 20:11:09

Last time we had lying snow during school term... I think DS may have been wearing long trousers under his waterproofs. Our lane doesn't get gritted or cleared , so we can sledge about half of the way to school, then have to walk up hill for last bit.
He does wear winter boots when its icey. I'll put up a pic on my profile of his going to school rig from january this year. I think pic was taken on the way home as there are other kids sledging too.

UniS Tue 19-Nov-13 20:23:42

first snow of the winter here today. kids enjoyed morning break in snow, ds in shorts and long socks.

RussianBlu Tue 19-Nov-13 22:08:57

Parents who put their young (nursery/reception) age children in tights and leggings or long johns then trousers on top and a vest and a couple of t shirts and a jumper and possibly a belt/tight button make me laugh. Do you really think they can manage to get to the toilet in time? No. They cant. Stop getting cross when they have accidents.

busylizzie76 Tue 19-Nov-13 22:10:59

At my son's school they aren't allowed to wear trousers until year 5.....shorts all winter brrrrrr!

RussianBlu Tue 19-Nov-13 22:12:06


Margetts Tue 19-Nov-13 22:34:14

Are they the cheap polyester shorts or knee length wool ones?

Artandco Tue 19-Nov-13 22:36:22

Russian - 2 year old here manages to pull pants, tights and trousers down without peeing all over them so I'm sure most school age can

busylizzie76 Tue 19-Nov-13 22:37:35

Knee length (or just above) wool shorts

Margetts Tue 19-Nov-13 22:39:48

Thanks busylizzie76!

RussianBlu Tue 19-Nov-13 22:40:57

Im talking about children, mainly boys who are wearing 2 layers under their trousers and 3 or 4 layers on their upper bodies. Not a just a pair of pants, tights and trousers.

ouryve Tue 19-Nov-13 22:43:21

I just put rain trousers on over their school trousers.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 19-Nov-13 22:43:40

I used to take mine to school in normal uniform but swop normal vest for a thermal one.
No extra layers for inside as schools are bloody hot germ breeding cess pits. grin Hat, gloves and maybe scarf is all you'll need. Wellies if raining.

ouryve Tue 19-Nov-13 22:54:05

They don't clear the paths here, either. The priority is to keep the main roads open. When the grit starts to run out, as it did a couple of years ago, they even re-route the buses so they don't have to clear as many roads.

As soon as people start to clear their drives and pile the snow up, either side, the pavements become completely impassible on foot.

We get plenty of use out of the waterproof trousers, apart from snow, as it pisses down for much of the summer, most years.

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