MU Picked · For Easier Winters With Kids

I had Bodie in January of 2016 (New Years Day!) and actually appreciated that those six weeks following were so cold that it was an excuse to heal and cocoon together as our new family. 

But he started walking a little bit before his first birthday so our second winter was not nearly as quiet.  An antsy one-year-old was the only thing that could force me outside after a massive snowstorm.  Save for a couple of days waiting on strangers to lift the stroller over snow piles at crosswalks, it was relatively easier than I anticipated.  

I asked Natalie Gentile, founder of King Kidlet, the baby gear consulting service for expecting parents and also a new contributor to Mother Untitled, to compile a list of essentials beyond the stroller footmuff and blanket to help us brace for colder weather (when it finally comes).  See her full list below or shop them in M.U.picked.

1.  Weleda Weather Protection Cream This ointment protects their delicate skin on the especially brisk days.  It blends easily between your fingers and goes onto cheeks smoothly.  It doesn't feel wet to the touch so there's no risk of making those faces colder - in fact, it adds a nice layer of soft warmth (Neha uses it on herself sometimes too!).   2.  Zutano Booties When out and about during the cold winter months, keeping tiny toes warm is a priority. These Cozie Fleece Booties not only get the job done but also have a snug fit to ensure they stay on those little feet. Or opt for the non-slip Cozie Gripper Booties which can double as slippers when you're at home.  3. Skip Hop Stroll & Go Car Seat Cover Weather and wind resistant, this cover, which fits any car seat thanks to the elastic bottom, keeps your littlest one safely protected from the elements.  4 . B&Me Booker Vest Baby carrying is one of the easiest ways to get around so for cold days this versatile vest keeps both, baby and parent, safetly comfortable. It can be worn in the fall months for an extra layer of warmth and under a winter coat on colder days.  5. Gap Bear One-piece  For a walk on a brisk day, a one-piece makes bundling up an infant a cinch. It keeps them warm from head to toe so you can both enjoy the outdoors without worry.  6. Magnificent Smart Mittens These are machine washable and made of soft sherpa fleece to keep hands comfortable on the coldest days.  7. Mini Rodini Parka This one is a splurge but Neha fell for the penguin print. Generally, a water-repellent exterior with a high-quality zipper and extra layers of soft lining on the interior make a big difference for getting toddlers into coats and keeping them warm and dry when they're out.  Bodie lived in this one from Kids Case last year and Zara has a nice collection of down and quilted coats as well.   8. Misha and Puff Bonnet The battle of keeping a hat on a kiddo’s head can be real. Kids will love this hand-knit merino wool hat for how soft and warm it is and parents will love the button closer to help it actually stay put.  9.  7 A.M. Enfant WarMMuffs While every parent knows gloves are a necessary accessory when out for a winter stroll, they can also really get in the way when reaching into the diaper bag or to quickly check a text message. These brilliant gloves stay attached to the stroller, meaning they will keep a mama’s hands warm and allow her to attend to the baby in an instant.

1.  Weleda Weather Protection Cream This ointment protects their delicate skin on the especially brisk days.  It blends easily between your fingers and goes onto cheeks smoothly.  It doesn't feel wet to the touch so there's no risk of making those faces colder - in fact, it adds a nice layer of soft warmth (Neha uses it on herself sometimes too!).  

2.  Zutano Booties When out and about during the cold winter months, keeping tiny toes warm is a priority. These Cozie Fleece Booties not only get the job done but also have a snug fit to ensure they stay on those little feet. Or opt for the non-slip Cozie Gripper Booties which can double as slippers when you're at home. 

3. Skip Hop Stroll & Go Car Seat Cover Weather and wind resistant, this cover, which fits any car seat thanks to the elastic bottom, keeps your littlest one safely protected from the elements. 

4 . B&Me Booker Vest Baby carrying is one of the easiest ways to get around so for cold days this versatile vest keeps both, baby and parent, safetly comfortable. It can be worn in the fall months for an extra layer of warmth and under a winter coat on colder days. 

5. Gap Bear One-piece  For a walk on a brisk day, a one-piece makes bundling up an infant a cinch. It keeps them warm from head to toe so you can both enjoy the outdoors without worry. 

6. Magnificent Smart Mittens These are machine washable and made of soft sherpa fleece to keep hands comfortable on the coldest days. 

7. Mini Rodini Parka This one is a splurge but Neha fell for the penguin print. Generally, a water-repellent exterior with a high-quality zipper and extra layers of soft lining on the interior make a big difference for getting toddlers into coats and keeping them warm and dry when they're out.  Bodie lived in this one from Kids Case last year and Zara has a nice collection of down and quilted coats as well.  

8. Misha and Puff Bonnet The battle of keeping a hat on a kiddo’s head can be real. Kids will love this hand-knit merino wool hat for how soft and warm it is and parents will love the button closer to help it actually stay put. 

9.  7 A.M. Enfant WarMMuffs While every parent knows gloves are a necessary accessory when out for a winter stroll, they can also really get in the way when reaching into the diaper bag or to quickly check a text message. These brilliant gloves stay attached to the stroller, meaning they will keep a mama’s hands warm and allow her to attend to the baby in an instant.

What cold weather goods have helped you make it through those months with kids? We'd love you to add them in the comments! xo

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