Snow is not a prominent feature down ‘ere in Devon during the winter. I suffer great snow envy seeing all the social media posts, while the view from my window is more mizzle than magical. None the less, I’m starting to get the boys prepared for the cooler months and with long country walks with Rufus the dog on the menu, we need a multifunction wardrobe to get the toddler winter ready.
The older boys are pretty deadest in what they’ll wear when I issue the “it’s cold, put your coat on” mum-dom. But for Toddler, it’s nice to have a little more control.
1 – First on my list is an all in one rain suit. We have a Regatta one which is a doddle to put on. It zips up from the ankle and the elasticated legs keep it secure inside wellies and has contributed to many a successful puddle jumping session. Toddler never protests putting it, and having taken a look at their website again i’m definitely tempted to purchase a few other bits to kit the rest family out for winter.
2 – I always try to find hats which cover ears. We walk the coastline most days on our #miles4Mamma challenge and dog walks and the wind can really catch you out up there. There’s nothing more painful the wind ear pain so a cute little hat with ear flaps is just the ticket and a under chin tie, an added bonus.
3 – As a regular baby wearer, keeping those little legs warm in the colder months is easy with a pair of funky leg warmers. Unless the temperature is hitting below zero, there’s rarely ever any need to put a full thick all in one as the heat from your body tends to keep them warm but I do keep their extremities covered. Warm boots, socks and leg warmers do the trick and can be removed quickly once your back in the warm.
4 – Mittens with a clip; you know the sort. There the ones which dangle from their wrists and stop that frustrating feeling of getting home and realising your little one has chucked one out over the side of the pushchair. I’ve learnt from experience and being the owner of lots of singular gloves, knowing that if they do exercise some mitten refusal, they’re not going anywhere.
5 – Last but not least is a fleece pushchair liner. I know it’s not essentially an item of clothing, but if you’re still going out and about with a pushchair, a warm cosy sheepskin liner will keep little legs and bums warmer for longer (also great for keeping them cooler in summer so a good all-rounder really) our three-wheeler has a nice padded seat but I still add a liner just for that extra layer of warmth and insulation. A little touch of luxury which will help on the coldest of buggy walks.
It goes without saying that hats, gloves and scarves are a staple winter wardrobe but these little tweaks are what helps see us through. I’d love to know if you have any to add.
This is a collaborative post with Regatta however, all words, photos and opinions are entirely my own.