Snow is finally here in all its beautiful, cold glory. We get pretty excited for the snow, but there was a time when the snow would come before I was ready. We use to rip apart the house looking for a single boot or a glove. When it was all said and done the house was a mess, the kids were miss matched and I was stressed. We have had a few years of experience now, by mid-October we begin to prepare kids for snow.
I know it can be pretty pricey when getting all that is needed to keep the kids warm, imagine doing it for six kids. Try looking at consignment stores, thrift stores or online at stores like Schoola.com.
Here are the things you will need to prepare kids for snow:
- Waterproof boots
- You can get water resistant as well but A water resistant boot will only repel water for a short time. The Waterproof boots are made of a material that doesn’t soak up water at all, a good idea if the kids will be in the snow for an extended period of time.
- Waterproof jacket
- Same thing as with the boots, but I think we can get away with a water resistant jacket.
- Waterproof gloves
- The first thing my kids want to do is build a snowman, but the thrill is gone quickly if the gloves aren’t waterproof.
- It may be an old wives tale, but Mom always said heat escapes from your head, so I try to keep it in with a beanie. Plus it is a good way to keep the tips of your ears covered.
- Keep the heat in with a scarf, but make sure it isn’t too long. Kids to let it drag when it is too long and it becomes a choking hazard.
- Chapped lips can make winter fun short lived.
- Perfume Free Lotion
- Winter chapped skin can be very painful, I still remember the burning pain. Keep them moisturized and hydrated.
- If the kids will be in the snow for an extended period of time, like skiing or snowboarding, a snowsuit or snow pants would be good. Wet frozen jeans are now fun.
- Thermal Undergarments
- Thermal clothing comes in all kinds of thickness and is perfect for keeping the chill off when you’re in a cold classroom. There are also those kiddos that often forget their jacket when they go to school.
- When you are ready to get the kids suited up, start early. Even though you’re prepared with the right gear it can take what seems like forever to get out the door. The kids might misplace a boot or glove they just had on yesterday. Walking in the snow or warming up the vehicle takes longer as well.