Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned mom, the winters can seem long and cold when you’re housebound with your kids. It’s healthy for everyone’s sanity to get some fresh air every day, as long as it’s not dangerously cold. To help, we put together a list of gear for babies and kids (plus, some items for moms!), along with a few guidelines to make it easier to get you and your kids outside this winter.
Resist going overboard with layers
The general rule for going outside with your baby is to dress them in one more layer than you would need to be comfortable. One-piece snowsuits and stroller bunting can be great options to add a second layer they can’t kick off.
Avoid puffy coats or snowsuits in the car seat
Puffy coats or too many layers can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a crash. Consumer reports provide a good way to test whether your child’s coat is too bulky for the car seat: buckle your child in with their coat and tighten the straps. Then, without adjusting the strap, have them sit in the seat without wearing their coat. If you can pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger, then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.
Remove extra layers as soon as you’re inside
When you’re inside and warm, it’s important to take off all extra layers and blankets to ensure your baby doesn’t overheat (even if they’re sleeping). This goes for in the car, as well — once the car is warmed up and the heat is blasting, they won’t need the extra blanket or bunting.
Accept the time commitment
For toddlers and kids, we understand the whole cold-weather outfitting process often takes longer than the actual time they spend outside, but it’s probably best to accept that the bundling up will take time (and maybe a tantrum). The promise of a hot chocolate treat afterward could always sweeten the experience for everyone.
Below, check out some of our favorite gear for babies, kids, and moms to get you and your little ones outside this winter.