DD1 has low tone and is really thin with no body fat. As a result she get very cold in winter and I'm looking for some thermal leggings and vests (long sleeved) to help.
She is really little, still in 2/3 years clothes even tough she's nearly 5. Is there such a thing as thermal underwear for such little ones?
Also, I can never get gloves to fit her and stay on becuase her hands are so small and wrist are so thin. Last year I bought some v expensive sheepskin mits (designed for babies) which did the job for 5 mins until they fell off. Anyone have any ideas or have seen anything that might work this winter?
we got thermal tops for both our children - long sleeved ones - I think we just got them off th einternet. Re gloves - could you do the string through the arms thing but with a short string or elactic to keep them on? I've sewn them to tops before - with a gap so they can get heri hands out if they want to.
We used to import warm clothing from mountaineering/ski mail order shops REI in the USA and M.E.C. in Canada for our son when he was younger - but find we can get stuff locally now. The USA sizes come quite small. Ski wear is often pricey but outlet stores may be a better bet as the lesser used tiny sizes get left! I have seen toddler sized (age 3 I think was the smallest) thermal underwear at our local outlet ski shop but chainstores may be less costly if they go small enough. MuddyPuddles (mailorder) used to do little side zip mits, and thermals - so that is worth a look too. Try Millets too they do childrens warm wear aimed at very young skiers although you may need to wait a week or two for winter stocks. I can imagine getting tiny gloves is even harder than getting large cheap mitts for bigger kids - my current obsession as ds cannot manage gloves yet!
Boden have some nice long john pj's which would fit under clothes (a bit pricey though), dd2 hates wearing gloves i tend to buy her clothes with longer sleeves so i can tuck her hands into them. Millets had thermals for children last year but i'm not sure what age they started at. Dd2 lives in tights as she won't keep socks on.
Have you looked at Rackety's, they are a company who make clothes for children with special needs and I think they are excellent. We have the sleeping bag type thing for wheelchair/buggy use; the poncho; and I know the all in one popper vests are good too. you can find them on the internet.
All 3 of my kids wore tights under trousers as babies as the wind could always go up the bottom of the legs. Now they have m&s thermal long sleeve vests and long johns. ds2 also wears a roll neck jumper under his school shirt on very cold days
Ds wore babygro/sleepsuits under jeans and top/zipped cardi when he was that still that size. mothercare go up to 2/3. than you can get bigger ones made. the all-over cover seemed to really help keep him warm. if you are ordering one you could order to include built in mittens, maybe with the mitten part opening and buttoning back onto sleeve.