Today's topic for 'Blog every day in May' is to 'educate on something you know a lot about or are good at' and since we woke up yesterday to SNOW. In May (and continued to get about 7 inches throughout the day) I thought I would revisit an OLD post I wrote back in like 2010 talking about how to dress your kid for snow. We are now entering our 8th consecutive month of blizzards, and my kids love the snow, so pretty sure I know what I'm talking about when it comes to this topic.
I don't want to sound like a judgemental know-it-all, so I hope I don't come across that way, but this is something that Really bothers me. Not dressing your child properly for the weather. In Sweden they live by a saying that translates"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes" and i whole heartedly agree. The other morning I took Jasper and Riley to the park. It was early in the morning, and winter, and we live in CO. So yes, it was chilly. About 40 degrees- the boys had on their pants, proper shoes, jacket, hats and gloves. The was only one other mom/son at the park. He was about 3 and wearing jeans and a T-SHIRT! I could see my breath! I was appalled. And it's not like this mom couldn't afford proper clothing- she was pushing a $500 stroller and drinking a $5 starbucks, so really NO EXCUSE.
So here it- how I think you should properly dress your kid to play out in the cold.
***I spent ten years of my childhood in Northern Sweden where for 6 months out of the year we saw several feet of snow and played outside in it daily. Then I moved to IA where we saw about as much snow and throw in high winds all winter long. Then I ended up in Colorado. So yeah, I consider myself an 'expert' on dressing properly for winter.***
First Layer- a pair of long john type pants and a tighter fitting shirt (doesn't have to match..as you can see below) On Jasper: pants are from Polarn o Pyret- and have the Best winter clothes I've ever encountered. They are pricey- but if you live somewhere cold it's worth it. (Swedish website that now you can buy in the US!!) J's shirt is an old thermal shirt from GAP. Again nothing fancy- but it does the job.
2nd layer- HEAVY SOCKS. Being out in the cold and having to come in because you don't feel your toes is a major bummer- so keep the toes toasty!! On Jasper: knitted socks from Farmor(father's mother in Sweden) she has more in the mail coming for us as these are last year's and getting a bit small!
3rd Layer- and perhaps THE most important layer. Gloves. GOOD gloves. On Jasper: Awesome gloves from Polarn o Pyret. These gloves are so freakin warm and come all the way up past his elbow and NEVER fall off!! Major major bonus points.
4th Layer- warm fleece! Fleece is awesome for providing warmth- but just make sure it's not the outer layer, as it does get wet in the snow and wet + cold=NOOO BUENO! On Jasper: GAP fleece pants and sweater- we love this set, it's super comfy, cute and very warm. *Make sure you put sweatshirt on Over the gloves- as that provides another layer to make sure the gloves fall off (not a problem if you have these P.o.P gloves- but if you have any other pairs you will need to do this*
5th layer- scarf and snow pants. The scarf keeps his little neck/chin nice and warm and if he is diving head first into the snow (which he will) then at least he doesn't get snow down his neck/back. Because seriously- that blows. On Jasper: scarf made by his Mamma, snow pants from COOP in Sweden. These aren't very warm and are more used in the fall/spring in Sweden when they get a ton of rain, but apparently J has grown 3 in. in the last couple of months and my 3 yr old doesn't fit into 3T anymore- so tomorrow we are off to buy a pair of warmer snow pants we have on hold at GAP.
On Jasper:boots, can't remember the brand but they are from Nordstroms and say they are good for -20 degrees. We prob. wont be out in That cold of weather, but good to know that we can! Coat- GAP- its double layer with down, and fleece on the inside so its Super warm, hat I can't remember where it's from. It's probably not the warmest hat ever but Jasper insisted and it was warm enough and covered his ears and I knew he wouldn't try to take it off.
So there ya have it- a very warm boy ready to go roll around in the snow.
Oh and if your child looks like he can barely move because of all the layers you have done a good job.
I also talked about dressing for winter HERE which included a baby in a snow suit (probably cutest thing ever.)