Colder weather is coming, which means it's time to make sure that you have everything you need for your baby or toddler now!
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Whether your baby is walking or not, they'll need something on their feet to keep them warm. When I look for shoes for Addy, I make sure that they have a wide toe box for her toes to spread out and a thin sole so that she can feel the ground as she learns how to walk. Here are some cute shoe options for winter that I found!
Moccasins: Baby Moccasins: These are fur-lined for extra warmth and have rubber soles for babies that are toddling around
Booties: I have a love/hate relationship with baby socks. They were so hard to keep on Addy's little feet when she was a newborn! I found these Burt's Bees baby booties and fell in love with them. They're easy to put on and velcro around their foot to keep them from sliding off and getting lost. Note: These are just sock booties and don't have grips on them for toddling babies.
Boots: For your toddler (or baby) that is on the move- we love these affordable barefoot boots from Amazon. They are one of my top sellers though- so if you see them in stock, hurry and order before they sell out!
Wool Socks: For extra cold days, here are some thick wool socks to keep those little toes toasty! These do have grips on the bottom and come in multiple different colors and patterns. And for even COLDER days (if you're from the North, you know what I mean), here are some Alpaca Wool socks. I like that these are taller socks to keep some of her legs warm as well.
Baby Mittens: these are waterproof in case we get to play in the snow and are fleece-lined on the inside. these come in a pack of 4 (which means you can leave a pair in the car, stroller, diaper bag, and anywhere else you need. Plus, they are super stretchy and fleece-lined.
Baby Beanie: This one has ear flaps to protect Addy's ears, plus it's super cute! If you're looking for a beanie without the pom pom on top, check these out.
Scarf: This infinity scarf is an extra layer of warmth around the exposed skin of their neck
Baby Bunting: I've also seen this called a teddy bear outfit with the fuzzy fabric and ears on the hood- they look like a snuggly teddy bear! It's like an extra warm footie with a hood to keep your baby warmer all over. It's on the thinner side for days that are starting to get colder but aren't frigid yet.
Underwear: On bone-chilling days or days you'll be outside for an extended period of time... you may want to consider thermal underwear. These are a more affordable option that's a bit more breathable, and these are a base layer that will for sure keep your kids toasty! Pro tip: A pair of fleece pajamas is also a great base layer for your kids... and even you!
Jacket: This collared teddy bear
will keep your baby warm and stylish!
*Perfect as temperatures started to drop.
Puffer Coat: I haven't made the winter coat purchase just yet but I have this one sitting in my Amazon cart. It's 100% polyester which will keep Addy super warm (even in the snow).
I've also been eyeing Primary's coats which are also made from polyester *recycled and come in SO many colors.
This one is obviously not a must-have item for everyone. But we live in Chicago and get lots of snow.. and we get outside every single day.
Last year Addy was TINY, and we only purchased items that would keep her warm in the cold weather. Since this year she will be crawling and walking around, we decided to make the purchase of a quality waterproof suit.
But the best part? It is designed to GROW with your baby and last multiple seasons. "Room-to-Grow system extends the length of the sleeves by 1.5in"
Not ready to make the splurge but still want snow gear? These bib overalls are perfect if you already have a winter coat.
Car Seat/Stroller Accessories
In case you didn't know, it's a huge safety issue to bundle babies up and then buckle them into their car seats. When they have a bunch of layers on, the seat straps can't fit snuggly around them like they're supposed to. Always put extra layers around them after they're buckled in. We used this car seat cover for Addy last year when she was a newborn and will continue to use it as long as she's in her infant car seat. It's great for blocking the cold wind and keeping her warm inside.
Now that she's older, we got this awesome footmuff for her stroller. I love that it's long, and we'll be able to use it for a long time with any stroller. You can cinch the top part around her head to block the wind out too. She's basically in a super cozy, warm sleeping bag!
This one is a cheaper alternative, but it comes in 2 different sizes, so you'll have to purchase another one as your baby grows.
Adult Stroller Gloves: I love that these velcro to the handlebar of your stroller so that you can easily slip your hands in and out without the hassle! They're also waterproof for snowy and rainy days and super warm.
I like to keep a warm blanket on my hand to put around her inside her car seat or stroller for a little extra warmth. This is a cute reversible mink and sherpa blanket that's warm and big enough for a toddler.
Now that's a lot of $$$
Everything I've listed so far can really add up and end up costing you more money than you are willing to spend (for ONE SEASON). Don't be afraid to check Facebook marketplace, but nothing groups, and check with friends and family that have older kids. Most winter gear is lightly used and well taken care of, and you can find some great items for cheap!
Unfortunately, with cold weather comes the sick season too. Addy was congested for the first 3 months of her life, so we tried everything to help her feel better without having to do normal "over-the-counter" medicine- yes, I know, I'm a crunchy mama!
Make sure you stock up on everything you'll need for when your baby gets sick (and if you are traveling, always pack some meds just in case- you never know). There's nothing worse than panicking when your baby is sick- so research medicines and remedies now so that you can feel fully prepared when your baby catches a bug.
Check out my Sick Baby highlight on Instagram for more tips and tricks!
No matter the weather, you'll find the Haizmans outside...
because there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear!
L E T ' S B E F R I E N D S!