We have had 5 winters (or part winters) with Ava so far (yes she is only two)- when you count the winters we’ve experienced in the States with her and our own ones here in Australia they add up! I’ve developed a few “hacks” when it comes to winter and toddlers which I hope are helpful:
1. Buy your Winter Kids clothes in the End of Financial Year Sales
Most (if not all) retailers will have an End of Financial Year Sale- for us in Australia it’s petty much the entire month of June. Resist buying winter clothing before June- trust me! This year I managed to get multiple tops, skirts, shoes and jumpers for Ava at Cotton On Kids where everything was $5- yes.. thick track pants, boots, long sleeve tops- it was all $5 a piece. Zara Kids also had an EOFY sale where I was able to get long sleeve dresses and pants for a fraction of the cost any other month. If you don’t have time to go through the racks then don’t fret these retailers also have their sale valid for online purchases.
2. Keep a Puffer Jacket/Overcoat in the car (and size up!)
During Winter I keep one of Ava’s winter coat/puffer jackets in my car at all times. We put it on when getting our of the car at an outing etc and then take it off before getting back in the car. Apart from washing it every 2ish weeks it stays in my car at all times! I recommending sizing up so it can fit on top of anything your toddler may be wearing (jumpers, thin shirts etc). This has been a life saver on many occasions!
3. Have some track pants that look acceptable for at home and outside
For some reason it is a battle changing Ava out of her pj’s during winter- I’m willing to bet that it’s the toastiness of her pj’s after she’s just woken up. A way around this that we sometimes use is having Pj track pants (that are clean) that can double as going out pants. They are thick enough for bedtime but also nice enough to go out with. We will (obviously) put them in the wash that night (just thought I should clarify especially considering my mum will probably read this…)
4. Neutral Boots
In winter, boots are my go to- they have more protection than a regular shoe and your kids can wear medium to thick socks with them without ruining the look of the outfit! Most retailers have colour neutral boots for toddlers. Even better if you can find slip on boots and no laces!
5. (For those with Girls)- Invest in a few packs of neutral and patterned tights.
I find I get into the rut of always putting Ava in jeans or pants during winter because we are trying to resist the flu like our lives depended on it. If I invest in good neutral tights that are suitable for most outfits (whites, creams, blacks or dark blues) I can still put her in super cute dresses or skirts without worrying about the cold! A side note- I get stopped all the time by mum’s asking where I get Ava’s tights from because they can’t seem to find neutral ones- H&M are my go to! Every pair of tights she owns is literally from H&M.. and another hack.. if you go into store and they have different sizes- 6-12 months, 18-24 months and 2-3 years- buy them! They go like hotcakes and you can always gift them if your kids outgrow them before needing them!
If you have any other winter hacks I would love to hear them!