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!
I knew I wanted to move Ava’s room around to make it a bit more of a toddler girls room not a nursery. I also didn’t want to purchase anything additional because the room is quite small.
One main change we could make was that the chest of draws had the change mat on top which was the focus of the room up until recently- we tend to change her standing on the floor now (she is way too heavy to lift anymore!)
With a little re-shuffling I think we’ve managed to change this room into a great toddler room! Sources for mostly everything below!
Sources for most things:
Freedom Furniture- Jute Rug
House2Home- Flowers (on window) and wall. They don’t have their items listed online. You can visit their website here.
100percentheart- Wall Dots
Caravan Shoppe- I love you forever print
Two Brushes Designs– You are fearfully and wonderfully made print
Pottery Barn Kids- Pink Ballerina Jewellery Box
H&M- Hanging Dress (Similar one here). I bought this one for $15 on the sale rack a few weeks ago at my local H&M.
Big W– Wooden Garment House Rack- I don’t think this is available anymore. Kmart have a similar one (here)
Target (U.S.A)– Swan Head
While browsing through Instagram a few nights ago I saw someone post about a house clothing rack for kids from Big W (here)- it was super super cute.. I showed Greg but knew we wouldn’t have anywhere to put it.
Fast forward to yesterday I decided to go into my local Big W to see whether they did actually have it in stock (we always seem to be one of the last stores to receive anything new)- well they did.. and I couldn’t resist!
At my ultrasound when I found out Ava was a little girl and not a little boy as I had hoped I cried..and cried some more..
I think it’s natural to feel a flood of emotions when you were hoping for one result and you find out it’s literally the opposite (and not to mention you are literally brimming with extra hormones and feelings being 20 weeks pregnant). After a few hours (yes, it took me that long) I committed to celebrate and embrace the little girl that was going to be joining our family in only a few short months. I’m so glad God gave us a little girl- Ava is literally the joy of our family… and we are all obsessed with the biggest tutu’s and frills we can find!
After thinking about it for a few weeks we finally took the plunge in turning our guest room into a playroom for Ava! The couch that’s in the playroom is a double bed so we can still have guests etc.
The room is not completely finished but It’s good enough for now! Ava loves it!
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money I recommend searching through your local sites like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. I had a lot of the items for the playroom already, but what I did purchase I bought from FB Marketplace or Gumtree for a fraction of the price!
Dot Wall Adhesives (100 percent heart). These are the wall dots I used in Ava’s room as well.
Animal Plush Heads (Myer). Similar ones listed here from Target U.S.
White Frame for print (on wall)
Rocking Horse. I bought Ava’s one from Gumtree for $15. Similar one linked here.
Wire Basket (on table). I spray painted it copper.
Pink Cushions (on couch)
Small Storage box (with lego inside)
Colourful blanket with pom poms (Similar style linked)
Yellow dipped basket. Similar one linked here.
Not Linked- Tassell Garland (made by me), Books (there’s too many to link), Print (designed by me and printed at our local office shop for $3).