As the final leaves begin to fall, winter is coming our way! It’s hard to prepare ourselves to get bundled up, let alone with little ones – but don’t let chilly weather and a little snow keep you from exploring outside. Bundle up your snuggle bug in some of our favorite winter gear! The items below will help make the adventures into the elements even more enjoyable.
Stroller / Car Seats
For those late fall and winter strolls, bunting bags, foot muffs, and car seat covers help keep baby happily snuggled and warm. The Thule Bunting Bag is insulated with a fleece liner and adjustable hood to protect your child from the cold in the stroller! BOB also makes a Warm Fuzzy stroller liner that is cozy and soft. The Stokke Foot Muffs and Skip Hop Footmuffs cocoon your little one in plush warmth while still allowing movement.
A big part of car seat safety is making sure that babies are snugly buckled in, but bulky winter layers make it harder to fasten baby in the seat appropriately. It is safer to dress babies and toddlers in lighter layers for car rides and once securely fastened, snuggle them in toasty warm with soft swaddles and blankets. Baby’s swaddle or blanket can be used to protect kiddos from the elements to and from the car and can also double as a car seat cover. We love the unique aden + anais and Little Unicorn swaddles for comfort and style!
Head: Protect little ears with two of our favorite Zutano hats! The Newsboy Cap is available in an array of colors for infant to toddler. The warm sherpa fleece will keep heads snug and the little ears are a fun bit of flair. The trendy Shaggy Hat is made with sherpa fleece on the outside and shaggy faux fur on the inside. Even better, the side flaps velcro closure securely keeps the hat in place, which is handy for babies who aren’t too keen on hats and toddlers who are always on the move! For a more lightweight option, the simple cotton knot hats from Paisley Pear Designs or Milkbarn Kids.
Body: For underneath those heavy duty jackets and snow pants, we adore Zutano’s options. The Cozie Overalls are great for layering over lighter shirts, both long and short! These fleece overalls snap from the neckline down to the legs, making dressing and diaper changes easy. For separates, check out Zutano’s Cozie Cuff Pant and Cozie Jacket – each is made from sherpa fleece and makes for a great addition to every kid’s winter collection. Lastly, the Cozie Elf Romper has it all! From hood to feet, the fleece onesie has built-in fold over hand and foot cuffs, eliminating the need for mittens while providing an extra layer for baby's feet. Mix and match your favorites and keep baby warm and colorful this winter!
Hands: 7 A.M. Enfant 212 Classic Mittens will keep all ten fingers warm from age 0-6. Inside has soft micro-fleece, while the outside is water-repellent! The elasticized wrists help keep warmth in and the fold-over hook and loop closures keep mittens secure! The Goumimitts baby mittens are a must-have for newborns, as they keep them babies from scratching their faces, while also keeping hands warm in the winter. The knit and fleece mittens are adjustable, keeping baby snug!
Feet: First, the toes! For babies that refuse to keep socks on, Zutano booties have snaps to keep little piggies warm and toasty. Older kids will love our favorite socks from Point6 and Darn Tough. Both brands make their socks with merino wool and are breathable and fast drying. For the puddles and snow, Bogs Classics boots are comfort rated to withstand sub-zero temps (up to -30ºF), are 100% waterproof with kid-tested easy pull-on handles!
And don’t forget the eyes and skin – bright white snow is just as reflective as summer sunshine and can be just as tough on little eyes. Paxley’s Italian shades are both hip and fun! In store, the Roshambo sunglasses are designed with baby in mind, making the glasses extremely flexible and virtually unbreakable!
Sunscreen is a year round essential. Thinksport, Thinkbaby, and Erbaviva are all free of parabens, phthalates, PABA and 1 and 4 dioxane and are naturally crafted with zinc oxide. All three effectively protect against UVA and UVB, making them perfect for the whole family! For skincare, we love (yet again) Erbaviva’s lotion and Earth Mama Angel Baby’s lotion. Erbaviva gently moisturizes sensitive skin and is made with aloe, shea and cocoa butters, natural emulsifiers, and organic essential oils. Earth Mama Angel Baby’s lotion is toxic-free and made with organic Calendula for delicate skin; the organic Rooibos soothes eczema, skin allergies, diaper and skin rash.
Preparing for winter can be daunting, but with a little preparation, and help from La Stella Blu, finding exactly what baby needs is simple! We can’t wait to see you throughout the winter when you’re out and about exploring our winter wonderland!