Getting Through Winter
February 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM EST
This winter has been a rough one. Polar vortexs…snow, snow, and MORE snow… top that off with sub-zero temps… Although many of us are totally over it, winter isn’t over just yet. Plus, if you believe groundhogs have the ability to predict the weather, it looks like we’re going deal with it for a while longer. The cold weather and being cooped up can be especially hard on our little ones. Here is a list of things that have been making dealing with winter a little easier on my littlest little one...
After months and months of wanting a pair for him, I finally got my little guy a pair of Sloomb Longies. One word… LOVE. I love these pants. They are a double layer of knitted wool, and they are PERFECT for this time of year. The first night he wore them to bed, I kept putting my hand up the leg to make sure they weren’t too hot for him, and they weren’t. His little legs felt perfect- not too hot, not too cool. I had always heard that wool thermo-regulates, and now I’m a believer.
His longies are so comfy and cute on him. He has seriously been living in them. I’ve been pairing them with his pocket diapers through the day and a Sloomb OBF at night. Even after nursing throughout the night, they hardly even feel damp when he wakes up! I love that when properly lanolized, wool can go weeks without having to be washed. When he does get something on them, I just wipe them up with a damp wash cloth and let them air dry. They also do a great job cushioning his little legs when he is playing on our hardwood floor. Sloomb Longies may be a bit of a splurge, but in my opinion, they are worth every penny.
Our baby leggins have really been coming in handy this cold winter season. We have found that they are great for adding extra insulation under pants and shirts. My kiddos like to wear them on their arms and legs under their clothes and snowsuits to help keep warm while playing outside in the snow.
The dry winter weather has been also very rough on all my kids' skin, but especially the youngest. We have been trying to watch how often we take baths, and be sure to slather the baby up with lotion at least a couple of times a day. I try to stick with lotions and soaps without harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances that can further irritate their skin. I love Earth Mama Angel Baby products. They are gentle on their skin and I love that they have a yummy, all-natural orangesicle scent.
Beating Winter Boredom
Not only am I suffering from a severe case of Cabin Fever, my little guy is too. He loves to be outside, and I can tell that being cooped up all day has been hard on him. I’ve been trying to find activities to keep him entertained and help beat the Winter Blues. When it has been too cold for him to go outside and play in the snow, I’ve brought the snow inside to him! I’ve brought a few buckets full, put it in the bathtub, and let him play in it. It didn't last long, but he did have fun! He has also made good use of toys. He particularly loves his shape sorter. Next up, I think we are going to tackle finger painting! TGN sells all-natural, baby safe finger paints, and I think we definitely need to try them out!
We're definitley counting down the days until spring, but these things have helped make this rough winter a bit more bearable for my kiddo. What will you be doing to help get through these last several weeks of winter?
*I have purchased all products mentioned in this post. Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors, playing with her kids, swimming, and warm weather. She cannot wait for winter to be over. She started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.