It’s getting colder outside, and that can get tricky with little ones. Here are some cold weather tips for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to keep little hands and feet safe and warm this winter.
Remember to take coats off in the car. Jackets impair the way seatbelts fit and in the event of an accident, they can slip out. It can be a pain to be constantly taking off and putting on coats, but it’s worth it.
Also, when using an infant carseat, resist using any “Bundle-me”-like blankets that will impair how snug the seat belt fits. Instead, choose a carseat cover that doesn’t interfere with buckles.
Use a needle and thread to tack gloves at the end of a turtleneck or long-sleeve shirt. That way, toddlers who are fond of taking gloves off can’t lose them. (By tacking them instead of sewing them the whole way around the sleeve, you can just flip them back to get hands out for snack and potty time.)
Pack extra gloves, hats, and a coat in your trunk for just-in-cases and wet weather.
When buying snow pants, aim for the “bib” type that cover the torso for extra snow protection.
Look for flannel or fleece-lined jeans for colder days at the playground.
Take extra care with fireplaces, candles, hot beverages, and Christmas tree lights.
Remember to apply lotion after every bath and on little faces during extra cold and dry days to prevent chapped skin.
Consider using a humidifier during the drier months in the nursery and playrooms to help breathing and skin. Essential oil drops can make it extra soothing.
Give yourself extra time to get to and from appointments and play dates. The roads can get icy, and bundling up adds a minute or two to the commute time, too.