Brrr! It’s been a pretty chilly past few weeks here in the Hammer (Hamilton, Ontario). My family only has one car, which my husband uses to commute an hour to work each day. But that doesn’t stop my family from going out and enjoying our neighbourhood. I still drop my son off at preschool a few mornings a week, enjoy library programs, and our awesome local fair-trade coffee shop.
If you’ve got two feet, a heartbeat, and some basic gear, sub-zero temperatures and snow can’t get in the way. Here’s how we’ve been staying toasty:
Have EVERYTHING ready and laid out
You don’t want to be searching for a missing mitten in the middle of “suiting everyone up.”
Get yourself suited up first
First, make sure diapers have been changed, and everyone has gone to the bathroom. Since I can tolerate getting toasty in the house a wee bit more than the kids, I get my stuff on first, followed by my son (if he gets too hot he can wait on the porch) and then we get the baby in her suit.
Make sure everyone has cold weather accessories
A hat covering your ears, scarf, good quality mittens, and boots with good traction. Also having a pair of ice cleats handy is a great idea. And Kleenex!
I make sure a hot water bottle is tightly sealed and covered, and place it on top of my daughter in her stroller that is covered with a weather shield. If days are really cold we also place a blanket on top OR a bunting sleeping bag if it’s really frigid.
Make sure everyone is fueled up
It’s too hard to eat with mittens on!
Now go out and enjoy the fresh air.
I’d love to hear some helpful suggestions on how others brave the wind and snow.