It’s October 10th and Winnipeg is seeing it’s first snow fall of the season which sets off a general sense of panic.
Snowtires! Snowsuits! Snowboots! What do I need to brave the early winter? Better yet, what does my child need?!
Depending on the age, the needs vary but safety always come first. When we speak of winter and kids we need to keep in mind that bulky clothing and carseats do not mix! If your babe is still in a bucket seat a warm hat that doesn’t easily slide over the baby’s face, a long sleeve onesie, thin sweater, pants and socks (shoes are optional but oh so cute!) are all that’s necessary. Buckle baby in and from there layer with blankets from thinest to thickest depending on how cold it is, keeping in mind your baby may only need an additional layer than you would to keep them warm. Once your bundled joy is in the car, remove the warmest layer and set aside for leaving the car.
If your child is out of a bucket seat and in 5-point harness or booster, the same rules apply. No bulky clothing between your child and the restraints. Technically the same should go for us adults. Dress your mini-me as you normally would along with a hat and gloves, but once they get to the car, the bulky jackets come off before your child gets strapped in. You can always layer your child with a thin fleece sweater to keep them warm and a great trick after buckling them in is to put their jacket on backwards which keeps them warm and allows them to remove it if they get too hot. Blankets are always a perfect option to keep in the back seat that they can pull on and off as they need.
Finally, snow gear. In my limited experience jackets are a purely personal choice – long, short, thin, thick, rainbow, furry, all up to you. The snowpants are tricky – I have found the best are thin, bib style (keeps the snow out), with reenforced material in the knees, bum and ankles. Those areas wear the fastest. For boots, the lighter the better and give the sole a bend, if they bend easy, your child will have an easier time walking in them. The best boots are those that are definitely waterproof and all one unit with a velcro closure around the ankle and a tie around the calf which keeps the snow out and feet warm and dry.
Best of luck! Happy snowfamily making.