Mexican Domestic Goddess

Bundling Up Babies

Jacqui Skemp2 Comments

{this is a follow up post to my Delighting in Winter post}

When Ian and I were newly twitterpated and so obviously settled on each other, we had a very important conversation about where we saw ourselves living a few years down the road. I said something to the effect of being open to living anywhere, except in a climate where I would have to bundle up babies. Biggest joke on me. If you’re new around here, you might notice in my bio that I have several bundles of joy, and I reside in the great state of Minnesota where I bundle them up seven months out of the year.

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I am no pro at bundling kids up, being a native southern Californian and all. I haven’t had a child get frostbite or complain too much about the cold when we’re out in it, so I have figured a few things out and I’m going to tell you how to live your life, so hold on to your seats.

When they’re under two, my babies wear a onesie, ribbed footed tights, snug pants, socks and a long sleeve shirt. The key here are the tights because they keep their legs warm when their pants inevitably roll up their legs.

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If they’re over two, I find that girl leggings with a tucked in undershirt work well for snowplay under their suits- Old Navy almost always has them on sale. Same goes for mass. The leggings tucked into socks under their nice pants keeps them toasty. Throw on a light fleece or hoodie if their coat doesn’t already have one.

I’ve had really good luck with the Costco snowsuits for all ages, but I also like the Columbia baby snowsuits. My babies don’t keep their mittens on, so I like the suits that fold over at the hands and feet. Big kids get snow pants.

The best boots for little kiddos are Bogs, hands down. Don’t even bother with anything else. Many of them are lined, some are short with a little velcro strap in the back, others are tall and give kids the extra protection when climbing through snowdrifts, but most importantly, they keep little toes dry and warm. I haven’t had to stress about socks, but I would like to get them some nice wool ones. In the meantime, regular socks that can reach over their base layer pant seem to work just fine.

My big boys are wearing these super trapper hats that their nana gifted them last year. They’ve been amazing and warm and, most importantly, stay on their heads. The baby always gets a pilot cap. I like the fleece lined one. They’re great because they tie on, are a snug fit, and fit under hoods, keeping their cheeks and ears warm.

Every year I pick up about 4 pairs of gloves and mittens from Costco for quick trips and walks, but for serious snow play, get the kind of mittens that are thick and water proof and zip up the side or at least are long enough to tuck into their coat sleeves.

That’s all I’ve got! If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Delighting in Winter

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I don’t know exactly how it happened, but last year I stopped hating winter in Minnesota. I can attribute it to a few friends who are winter (and generally just life) enthusiasts. I saw one post something to the effect of “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear” and it’s true! I realized that I couldn’t change the weather, and I was just so tired of complaining about it. It also helps to have a husband who loves a rainy or snowy day, grey day.

The real kicker was when I took our middle son in for a check up and practically begged our kind doctor to tell me how I could get our son to sleep like a normal human being. He looked at the boy literally bouncing off the exam room walls and said “he needs to get outside” - he might as well have written it down as a prescription.

So there I was, bundling up two babies, strapping one to my back and shuffling behind the other in the middle of December. I made a plan for myself, and I wanted to share it with you in case you too are a winter hater and need a little bit of an attitude adjustment. Feel free to send me this post when I need it.

1. I got outside. Every day. Didn’t matter how cold, windy, or snowy it was. I got really good at layering everyone up, and I aimed for at least forty five minutes of outside time. The perk of babies in snowsuits, besides being adorable, is that they’re really slow. The threat of a child in a snow gear making a mad dash to the corner of the block is pretty minimal because they can barely move. So after breakfast we walked, and after dinner we walked, and we were all better for it.

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2. I said “no” to a lot of things. Less playdates, coffee dates, park dates, etc. I needed a season of regrouping, and winter allowed me that. I also said “no” to feeling guilty about not doing more things because that’s what the warmer months are for. Summer is a season of getting out and enjoying the sunshine and going, going, going. Winter is my time to slow down the pace and take a closer look at the things in the interior that need tending to.

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3. I said “yes” to a simpler, slower routine. This is really just something that more seasoned moms know, and I am still learning. Our mornings had a basic rhythm: get dressed, breakfast, clean up, walk, lunch, naps. Then I would take some time to rest, and start dinner early, keep everyone happy until dad got home, dinner, walk, baths, bed. It was really, really nice. Here’s a link to a little video I made of one of our walks.

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4. I noticed things that were beautiful and specific to winter. Snow on our trees. The satisfying feeling after shoveling the walkway. The afternoon sunlight in our living room that deceivingly hid the fact that temps were in the single digits mosts days. The bright winter light that only happens when the world is covered in snow.

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5. Finally, I made it a point to focus on my own health. For me that meant using a happy lamp, starting to work out regularly, and eating better. I started small and simple and tried to focus on one thing and doing that well first before adding another element.

We had our first semi-decent snowfall last night, and this early November morning had me feeling giddy, despite my children tearing the place apart. This season of slowing down, and settling in is here, and I am ready for it.

My Current Curly Girl Line Up

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When I first started my curly girl journey, I tried a lot of different products, but I did my best to avoid spending a fortune because it can really add up quickly. I know this line up looks like a lot, but I have found that as I've treated my hair better, over time I can go many days between washes, refreshing in between wash days, and generally using a lot less product. It also helps that I cut a foot of hair off. Someday I'll write a post about the products I used in the beginning, but if you want to start simple, I would strongly suggest getting yourself to Trader Joe's and getting the Tea Tree Tingle body wash (yes the body wash) and the conditioner. because you can use it as both your conditioner and your leave in.

Quick tip: you can buy a lot of these products in travel sizes at Target and Ulta. That's a great way to try something new without committing to a full-sized bottle of a product you might hate. These stores will usually take these products back if they are really not working for you. 

Alright! Here we go! 

1. DevaCurl No-Poo Original 

You're going to need something to clean with. I was about every third or fourth day and I do need to cleanse every wash day. Not all curly girls do, and you'll have to see what works best for you. This is a no-poo, which means no lather, and it does take a bit of getting used to, but I found that my hair really responds well to this DevaCurl No-Poo Original formula. 

 

 

2. DevaCurl One Condition Original 

After cleansing, I apply this conditioner and make sure to really squish it into my hair. This is also the only time I use a comb. After that, no more combs or brushes! When I'm done showering, I make sure to rinse this out really well. Then I flip my hair upside down and rinse some more before applying my next product. 

 

 

 

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After rinsing out the conditioner, I use a leave in. I like it because it's not heavy, and doesn't seem to weigh my hair down. I apply this from root to ends. 

 

 

 

 

 

4. DevaCurl Styling Cream

I've used a few different creams, and I got this one free with purchase, and I really like it! I've also used the Shea Moisture Curl Enchancing Smoothie, and I will go back to that when I'm done with this bottle because I want to use up what I have. But after that I will probably go back to the DevaCurl cream because, again, it's not too heavy on my hair. I apply this to the section of my hair that I would gather in a ponytail and down to the ends. More details in a future post. 

 

 

5. Shea Moisture Mousse

I've been using this Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse for some time now. I don't know why it works so well for my hair, but I can tell the difference when I don't use it! So I do apply it every wash day and refresh day, and I apply it liberally. 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle 

I've tried a million gels. Of all the curly girl products I've used, this particular category is the one that has caused me the most angst. Too much or too little can completely change the way my curls form and hold their shape. I really like the Kinky-Curly Curl Custard, but the price point isn't always my fave. I'm currently working through this bottle of Goddess Curls, and it's good and higher up on my list of gels I like. Though I would like something that would give me a better cast without weighing down my hair. I might try the Kinky-Curl stuff again now that my hair is shorter and I'm not blowing through products as quickly. 

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Next week I'll share some of the extra things I use to style my hair, like clips and diffusers and are you overwhelmed yet? I hope not! 

Remember, you can go back and ready the beginning of my curly girl journey, and I have lots of resources linked there if you're interested in starting the curly girl thing. 

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