A Cold Weather Gear Guide to Keeping Kids Outside Longer
As winter is upon us in the midwest, we wanted to round up our favorite gear! Which has been key to keeping everyone warm and staying outside comfortably for long periods of time. As a family who is committed to getting outside every day no matter the weather, in a city where temps are in the teens and twenties most of the winter, we’ve had trial and error of what works and what doesn’t. Before you take a deep dive into the list we’d like to encourage you to shop used when possible! Both Patagonia (Worn Wear) and REI have programs for gently used winter gear at significantly lower prices. With kids only using their winter gear for a single season before they grow out of it, if it isn’t going to get passed down to a sibling, friend, or relative, shopping through these programs will save you money and is better for the planet. We also always size up our kids gear to stretch between seasons since we wear our winter gear typically from November-April. This list mostly applies to kiddos but the same rules apply to grownups: wind and waterproof and everything insulated. As a grownup you’re not likely to grow out of your gear, so if you can, don’t skimp on investing in something that’s going to last a decade.
Why we like it: Full coverage for baby! While we had a bit of sticker shock with this one, this patagonia bunting is wind and waterproof, which is very necessary for us in the windy city!
Toddler All Seasons Jacket
Why we like it: Toddlers are on the move quite a bit and we like being able to adjust layers on the go to meet their temperature needs with this 3 in 1 Jacket.
Coat for Caregivers
Why we like it: While chasing a toddler on the move, a stroller isn’t very feasible for baby to be in at all times so we like that we are able to baby wear with this one without having to leave our jacket open. They make one for men and women.
Wool base layer
Why we like it: A quick google search of ‘why does wool keep you warmer’ will lead you down a rabbit hole of the amazing wool properties that do actually help keep you warmer. Not all wool is created equal and it’s important that the wool is ethically and sustainably sourced. Brands we have researched and trust are this one and this one. Make sure to grab some wool socks and hats too! A balaclava can be worn under a hat for extra warmth as well as neck coverage.
Snow Pants + Rain Bib:
Why we like it: We’ve found that cold toes are the main culprit for short stints outside. Again, waterproof and insulated boots are key here.
Mittens + Gloves
Why we like it: Maybe it’s just us, but we were struggling to find a mitten that stayed on and kept little hands dry and warm. We think we have finally found the ultimate mittens and gloves though and have been loving them. At such an affordable price, we recommend buying true to size on this one-- little hands are more likely to take their gloves off if they’re not functional.
Why we like it: Blankets will do just fine, but we love the sleeping-bag-like stroller covers for windy and super cold climates. Our stroller is usually our mode of transportation, so keeping the kids warm for a 30 minute walk to our destination ensures we’re not using up our precious cold tolerance time during transportation. Your stroller brand may make their own, but if they don’t, this brand has a universal fit for strollers and carseats.
Wishing you luck as you venture out into the cold with your littles this winter!
The Nursling Family
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