Tips for keeping warm on the sidelines


Although winter sports have almost drawn to a close, as we all know, spring mornings can often be just as chilly! And I’m all for embracing the cold, but sometimes you just want to be warm and cosy while watching your kids run around! So here I’ve collated my five favourite quick tips for keeping warm during chilly mornings.

Make sure your hair is dry

Whether you skip the mane wash that morning or blow dry it, make sure your hair is dry. Wet hair can give you a SUPER chilly head, especially if there’s wind factor involved (thanks Wellington!). And especially if you have super long hair like me which takes a millennium and a day to dry. The odd drip of cold water that inevitably trickles down the back of your neck with wet hair isn’t too fun either. Failing that though (because sometimes #mumlife happens, and you don’t get a chance to make sure your hair is dry), make sure you have a warm hat at least!


Double-layer the socks and get good gumboots!

I remember my son’s first early morning rugby game that I attended. I specifically remember that I wore ankle socks and canvas shoes.

Rookie mistake.

In winter, in the mornings, the grounds can be … soft. And you may sink a little. Or a lot. And having shoes that are not built for keeping your feet dry in soft, wet conditions, means you end up with very, very cold feet. So don’t worry about looking like a farmer – I can guarantee most of the other parents will be rocking the gummies as well!


Pocket warmers

Pocket warmers are like tiny wheat bags of sunshine that you warm up in the microwave and grip your freezing hands around in your pockets. You can either DIY them yourself (hello, Pinterest!), or they’re often at craft markets or for sale on homemade Facebook groups. Because sometimes, gloves just don’t cut it!


Hot drinks in a thermos

There is nothing like drinking a hot drink in freezing temperatures and feeling the warmth radiate through your body. I’m partial to the odd coffee, but you can also put in tea, soup, and of course, MILO with milk for the kids. My son loooooves having a warm MILO wtih milk to look forward to after running around in the cold. It’s a great way to warm him up quickly, and adding MILO to milk provides extra nutrients to re-fuel after all that physical activity. When Nestlé sent through the nutritional information with the MILO they provided for me to review, I found out that MILO with milk boosts the protein in a 200ml glass of trim milk by 31%! Protein is so great for growing bodies, so I thought this was pretty fantastic!



I know it’s tempting to just wear a big puffy jacket, but in New Zealand temperatures can fluctuate pretty rapidly – and honestly, going from a big puffy jacket to the one flimsy shirt you had on underneath often doesn’t cut the mustard! You’re then left with a too-hot-with-it-on-too-cold-with-it-off scenario. Sound familiar? Layers are key – I’ve been known to wear three shirts, a light sweater AND my jacket over top. But when the sun started coming out and my partner had to choose between sweltering in his puffy jacket or freezing in his light shirt, guess who was laughing then? Well, he was, because he needed the movement to warm up his freezing body 😉 Just kidding! But layers, people. Layers!

So there are my tips – simple, but effective! What are your favourite cold morning warmers? Join the discussion in the comments below.



This article was written by Bunny Kim. Bunny was sponsored by Nestlé to write this blog for the MILO Hero Mums promotion and was provided with complimentary product and remuneration. However, these views are the personal opinions of Bunny and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.

Bunny is a mama of two and a blogger about motherhood, womanhood, and the life and adventure that happens in between. Follow her on Facebook and on her blog at GlowMama.


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  1. Bevik1971 03/09/2018 at 9:31 am

    I remember the freezing mornings watching my son on the sidelines haha. Jacket, scarf, hat and umbrella 🙂 My daughter is 5 and not yet into any sports, but I’m sure the time will come!!

  2. SarahBlair 31/08/2018 at 8:39 pm

    I have spent many freezing mornings standing beside soccer fields and netball courts! Layers are so important as well as warm hats and socks. Having a hot coffee or Milo is also a real life saver!

  3. kymmage 30/08/2018 at 7:37 pm

    I made the same rookie mistake with my shoes at soccer. In fact they were canvas shoes and they had holes in the soles. Needless to say, my feet were very cold and feet from the moment I stepped onto the field.

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