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

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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

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.

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 22:43:21

I just put rain trousers on over their school trousers.

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.

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

Thanks busylizzie76!

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

Knee length (or just above) wool shorts

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

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

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

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


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 22:08:57

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

That is rather a lot of snow!

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 09:04:05

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

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Tue 19-Nov-13 08:54:48

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.

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)

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.

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