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Being a mom of two (almost three!) is hard work…as any mom can tell you. But to make matters a little more complicated, let’s throw in some bad weather, shall we? I’m not an expert by any means, but now that I’ve made it through a few tough winters with little ones in tow, I thought I would share some of the survival tips I’ve learned.
1. Buy multiples of everything snow-gear related. The first winter Hudson was able to walk I made the mistake of having just one snow coat, one pair of snow pants etc…..but I quickly realized that was NEVER going to cut it. Little kids fall down and get wet, or want to go outside multiple times a day…and if you have wet snow gear it’s zero fun for everyone. So now I’ve learned my lesson here’s what I buy each child: 2 puffy “snow” coats, 2 pairs of snow pants (the overall style), 2 lighter weight fleece coats, 3 hats, 2 scarves, 2 pairs of warm mittens, and 2 paris of snow/water-proof mittens. With boots it’s a little easier, and I usually just have one pair of rain boots and one pair of snow boots per child. It seems like a lot but trust me, it’s needed. And here’s another tip: buy the snow pants in two different sizes….chances are they will both fit and then the bigger pair will also fit the next year, so you only have to buy one each year.
2. Buy mittens that clip together. Let me repeat, buy mittens that clip together!!!! And clip those babies together as soon as your child takes them off. It always happens that whenever you are running late for something the gloves and mittens suddenly disappear. I can’t tell you how many times I sent Hudson to school last year with mis-matched gloves because I didn’t follow my own advice. So clip them together, they are much less likely to get lost!
3. A staying organized tip: have a basket for each kid where they can keep their hats and mittens and a designated spot to hang their coat. And a separate spot where wet stuff can be put to dry out. Otherwise all the gear ends up on the floor….and with two kids and two adults that can really pile up! We have a mud room in our house and everyone has a cubby to place their things. I’m teaching Hudson to put his stuff away and Sadie is already starting to help put things in their place, just by watching us!
It’s been a warm fall for us so no snow pants yet. But Hudson is all about his scarf and rain boots anyway.
4. Have your kids go to the bathroom before gearing up. Trust me on this. It’ s zero fun for everyone to put on snow pants, and a snow coat, and mittens, and gloves just to have to come back inside ten minutes later to frantically strip your toddler down to use the potty. And then put back on ALL THE THINGS. So the rule is, whenever we have snow gear involved, you must sit on the potty first.
5. Have a great indoor plan to keep kids entertained. Some of our favorites are painting, coloring, watching a movie, playing play doh, baking cookies, cleaning the house (both of my kids LOVE to help with this so I totally take advantage!), and playing in the basement. Our basement is large and unfinished, so it’s the perfect spot to use all of our normal “ourdoor” toys like bikes, scooters, ride on cars, etc. I have my eye on a little bounce house that would be perfect to help the kids burn some energy….but Santa (aka my husband, isn’t convinced yet).
6. Stock up on supplies. If you live where the weather can get bad….or really anywhere, it’s important to sock up on supplies, just in case there is a storm and the roads are bad. You don’t want to run out of snacks, wipes, or heaven forbid diapers! I’ve planned ahead for the winter months and stock piled our favorite go-to diaper: up & up™ diapers from Target. We love these diapers because they are a great value and their new breathable outer cover is so soft and cozy! And now the enhanced breathability helps your baby’s skin to stay drier and healthier, too.
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So what do you do to surive the winter months with littles?
This is post is brought to you by Target up & up™ Diapers, but all opinions are my own.
Colleen Sullivan says
Great tips! I stock up in the winter too so I don't have to drag the kids out to shop in the cold rainy weather.
Jessica Kessler says
Love these tips! Since we don't get snow much here in NC we only have one set of snowgear, but my kids have 2 or 3 coats. 2 lightweight ones for cold, but not freezing days and one thick. 🙂 Love the idea for seperate buckets for their hats, etc. Emmy is better than Cam at times when it comes to putting things away.
Stocking up is a great idea! I hate running out of things! And we have the basket for all the hats and gloves… Makes it so much easier to find what we need!
Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too says
Great tips! #4 is SO true!!!