It’s been an especially harsh winter, darn that polar vortex. The girls were out of school all last week. And to keep sane I kept getting them to go outside and get their yayas out. As I learned during our year in Minnesota, the key to getting your kids outside is dressing them properly. And with areas that normally are mild getting inches of snow, I figured it was a good time to pass on some tips!
The first mistake most people make is pouring on the layers. It’s worth it to invest in the right gear so your kiddo is free to move around. Also, too much and they got hot and start to whine. Whining is extra annoying in cold weather.
On the left is my daughter’s base outfit:
- knee socks (preferably Smart Wool)
- thermal top
Now comes the gear!
- Snow pants and a fleece (I prefer the bib because it reduces the chance of pants falling/coats riding up and cold bellies as a result. I have had fancy snow pants and ones from Target. They work equally as well (the ones above are 4T from Target that my kids have been wearing for three years, another advantage of the bib type.) Look for interior fleece and ruching at the legs (see three.)
- Add on a hat and gloves. You want gloves that are tight at the wrist and have padded palms. The hat should come down over their ears and be tight enough to stay on without tying.
- Before putting on snow boots, pull your child’s pants up so the snow boot comes up over the lining of the pants but the top of the boots are covered by the actual pants. This prevents the dreaded snow influx that leads to cold toes.
The final step: THE COAT!
I still occasionally go cheap here but my goal is to find a great one used (I prefer Land’s End.) The things to look for are:
- waterproof outside
- fleece or other warm lining
- wrist cuffs
- buttons over neck
As a secret weapon, I like to tie a set of knitted mittens to the coat hook of my girls’ coats. That way they always have mittens on days that get cold. And when they go outside to play, they can keep going if they lose a glove.
Hope this helps you survive winter!