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For all of you (crazy) Michiganders who were complaining that we didn’t have a white Christmas and didn’t enjoy the 55 degree winter weather; I hope you’re happy. It snowed all week.
With one in preschool two days a week and just the errands of everyday life, it’s imposible to stay in our warm inside bubble all the time. Driving in snow is one of my absolute least favorite things about living in Michigan. Even though I have been driving in such snow for 15 winters, I will never get used to it. And I can’t be the only one who finds it more nerve wrecking to have my two precious babes in tow while doing it.
Since we have to be out the door a minimum of 3 mornings a week, I have some of our absolute must have items for braving these snowy and frigid Michigan winters.
Serious boots for mama and toddler. I absolutely love my Sorel boots. I have the Sorel Joan Of Arctic boots in Shale. They legitimately keep my feet warm, and it is so hard for me to find a pair of boots that are warm enough. Grandma bought Eli this pair of Sorel boots for Christmas, so he can shovel our driveway without freezing his sweet toes off.
Gloves for mama. I love my Isotoner convertible fingerless gloves.
They are fleece and spandex and amazing. I lost count of how many winters (and pairs I have been through) I’ve had with these. The thumb hole is my favorite feature, for iPhone usage and buckling wiggly monkeys into carseats.
Mittens and gloves for the tiny humans. I buy cheap ones, because my kids inevitably take them off in the car or stroller and we lose them. I keep them in coat pockets, in the diaper bag, in the car, in a basket by our door, everywhere really. So we have a ridiculous amount of them and I still scramble to find a matching set some mornings.
Warm (and cute) hats for the tiny humans. I’m fully aware that I have an accessory problem with my children. It’s nice to have so many hats when I’m in a hurry to get to preschool on time and it snowed 4 inches the night before and my husband is out of town. I stock up on hats at baby gap during their winter sale each year. I don’t think you can own too many winter hats. I’m obsessed with double pom hats, like this babyGap knit one and this cable knit kids version.
Warm, but slim winter coats. I love the Eddie Bauer winter coats I found on clearance at Target last winter. They’re down filled, so they’re warm. And they aren’t puffy so I don’t worry about car seat safety. I kind of struck out in the buying a year ahead department for Emaline though, because she is bigger than Eli. But if its super cheap, it’s worth it, I guess. I found similar coats at Gap this year, from their ColdControl Lite line.
Balm. Both my toddlers get chapped cheeks so a good balm is great to put on their cheeks at night or on especially cold, windy days. I like the California Baby Calendula Cream and this Weleda Calendula Weather Protection balm. It works great on tiny chapped cheeks.
Hunter Boots (with liners). And in Michigan, you have to have the liners because wellies do not keep your feet warm, at all. Before I bought the liners, I only sort of liked my Hunters. Now, I love them. They’re perfect those days when the snow is cleared away but you don’t trust your toddler to wear shoes or fashion boots out because she always walks into the snow. You need Hunter boots. Your toddler needs Hunter boots. Hunter boots are built to last, too. Emmy’s red Hunter boots have been through 3 kids already and are still in perfect shape. I have these these black gloss Hunters with charcoal welly sock liners.
Stroller Blanket. When I was registering for my baby shower, I thought the idea of a stroller blanket was ridiculous. Why do you need a dedicated blanket just for use in the stroller? But now I see the error of my ways. We have small blankets and we have huge blankets, but finding a blanket that is good to cover Emaline in a stroller and not drag on the ground is difficult. I keep a couple fleece blankets in the car to cover the monkeys on car rides, but I really wish I had a smaller more stroller appropriate sized blanket.
Did I forget anything? What would you add to the list of must have items for on the go? Is there something I have got to get? Let me know in the comments!