Let’s talk layers for the winter. We live in Michigan so the winter can be really cold. In the last few years, I’ve not gotten outside as much as I would have liked, and that’s mostly because I wasn’t dressing appropriately. The girls are ready to get some fresh air at any time, so this year it was a goal of mine to be prepared to be outside more. Besides the obvious coats, snow pants and gloves, I have listed a few extra items to layer for you and your littles. I realize that it is now March and [hopefully] there are not too many more freezing days ahead, but I figure it would be a good time to stock up on some items for next winter during an end-of-season sale!
ITEMS FOR KIDS:
Leggings/wool long johns–As a base layer, a good cotton legging or long johns are the way to go. THESE are a great option.
Fleece-lined pants— For extra warmth, I’ve been adding a layer of fleece-lined sweats for the girls, or thick joggers will work in a pinch. We have a few pair from H&M that I really like. Bonus, they have a line of sustainable clothing now!!
Itch free hat— I’ve had my fair share of hats that the girls immediately take off because they’re too itchy. You need a nice warm hat that you won’t have to bribe your kids to keep on. We have THIS brand and L wears it without complaining.
Balaclava— I had no idea what THIS type of hat was until A’s school mentioned purchasing one since they basically go outside no matter the weather. I have to say, it’s wonderful in the sub-zero temps!
ITEMS FOR MOM:
Tighter shirt–A long john or soft cotton shirt is what I typically go for as a base layer under the necessary sweatshirt layer.
Sweatshirt or zip up–I have a LuLu zip-up that I put on top, but any sweatshirt of fleece works too depending on how cold it is where you live. The zip-up is easier to maneuver than a pullover sweatshirt should you need to shed a layer after playing hard.
Athleta pants–I will start off by saying THESE are an investment but worth it in my opinion. They are fleece-lined with a wind resistant outside layer. Oh and they have pockets. I’ve done park dates in these pants and my legs were extremely warm!
Long down-filled coat-I have a couple warm winter coats, but if I’m going to be outside playing with the girls, I make sure to don my down coat that is long [aka make sure it covers your behind].
I hope this was helpful because I know for me, once I had the proper attire, we can spend longer outside, which makes everyone happy!