Winter is just around the corner (eep!) so we’ve been bringing out all of our winter gear. Some old stuff, some new stuff, because apparently two babes born in the same month does not mean reusing most of our winter clothing. (Nicky, stop growing so ridiculously fast!)
We live in Canada, a land of climate extremes, with hot, humid summers and long, torturously cold winters. Did you know that Canada has the world’s lowest average daily temperature? -5.6º C. Yup, our average temperature for the whole year is in the negatives. Coldest ever recorded felt temperature (windchill) in Canada was −63 °C or −81.4 °F in the Yukon. Brrr! (In Toronto, where we live, it was a “mild” −45 °C or −49 °F. NBD. Just, you know, cold enough to damage your skin after 10 minutes of exposure.) All this to say, we know a thing or two about bundling up for freezing temps (even if we’re not very happy about it – like Nicky below). For us that means lots of down and lots of wool. And layers, everything in layers.
I recently discovered LANACare, a company that makes 100% pure organic merino wool clothing and accessories for children and breastfeeding mothers. Created in 1990 by a Danish nurse and mom of 3, each LANACare item is designed to promote health and well-being, and to provide the soothing comfort and breathable warmth that only pure wool can give.
The warmth factor is what sold me. Whilst I personally am happy to just become a hermit in the winter, staying indoors and sipping my hot chocolate by the fire, littles need to be outdoors. Right now, we’re outside every single day, twice a day (just coming home for naps). Nicky is in that stir-crazy, needs to move and explore phase and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. So warm layers and accessories are a must when the mercury starts to drop. As Isabelle likes to say, LANAcare pieces are “super duper warm!” Another bonus: every item is 100% organic merino wool. Which means it’s considerably less itchy than regular wool. Both of my kiddos can’t stand itchy clothing and these items fit the bill. No complaints! Well, some mild complaints from Nicky but that’s just because he prefers to be naked 100% of the time. We definitely live in the wrong country for that! Haha.
If you’re new to colder temps (maybe you’re from the US and, ahem, have decided to move to Canada this week) or you’re new to the whole parenting older babies and toddlers in winter months gig (young babies are so much easier in cold weather! just stick them in a super cozy bunting bag), here are some of my all-time favourite cold-weather essentials for little movers.
Uniqlo lightweight down parka | Native Jimmy boots | Lanacare organic wool neckwarmer | Uniqlo heattech turtleneck | H&M pom pom hat | Lanacare organic wool mittens | Uniqlo heattech leggings |H&M fleece jacket | Patagonia down bunting | Lanacare organic wool sleepsack | GAP warmest down parka | GAP bib snow pants | Lanacare organic wool duvet | Lanacare organic wool pants | Patagonia puff mitts
Uniqlo is another great company for keeping your littles (and yourself!) toasty in the winter. They have great quality basics at amazing prices. Their ultralight down is so good. As are their heattech undergarments. I have both myself and have now added some pieces for my kiddos this year (as we finally got a Uniqlo in Canada, woot!). For down outerwear that you can’t find at Uniqlo (wish they made full-body suits!), I love Patagonia. They have a great selection especially for babies and younger toddlers, something that most outdoor companies don’t have. GAP also has nice down parkas and snow pants that are bit more stylish than what you can find at more outdoorsy companies (love me a good faux-fur-lined hood). The price-point is also a little bit better.
In terms of footwear, Native boots are my all-time favourites. They are soooooo light but still so warm. Don’t underestimate the importance of light footwear for younger toddlers. We tried so many boots for Isabelle in those first couple of years and she screamed her way into every single boot except for these Native Jimmy boots. And these were high-quality boots made by outdoor companies that I love for myself!
Wool bedding is another nice discovery. Our house is old (over 100 years!) and our space just doesn’t heat up the way our new-build condo did in the cold months. So I’m always looking for ways to keep everyone warm and happy at night. Both my kiddos have very sensitive eczema-prone skin and the untreated wool used in LANAcare wool bedding is both breathable and hypo-allergenic.
What are your essentials for winter?