Winter is here! As you pull out all the mitts, hats, snow pants, jackets and boots here are a few things to keep in mind.
Check Sizes - The thing about kids is one minute their stuff fits just fine and the next they look ready for a flood, they grow so quickly! As you pull out all of the gear have your kids try them on and make sure that they not only fit now but that they will fit through until spring. Make sure that there is some length left in the sleeves of their jackets, some room to grow in their boots and some length left in their snow pants. These are the most important because after December it can be really hard to find snow boots, snow pants and winter jackets.
Buy the Best - When you are purchasing winter gear it makes a big difference when you buy the best quality you can afford. It costs more up front but better quality fabrics last longer and not only does that keep used clothing out of landfills it also stays looking great for the next kid, whether that is a sibling, passed along to a friend or even donated. I bought a great snow suit for my oldest daughter seven years ago, she wore it for two season, it was passed along to her sister for another two seasons and this year my youngest is wearing it for her second winter. Although it was more expensive upfront that is an amazing cost per wear!
Fabric Care - When you spend more on quality fabrics you do need to take care of them. Winter is a tough season for the snow suits, especially on the warmer days when kids always seem to find puddles and mud. During those times I find myself washing my kids snow suits almost daily. That can be really hard on the fabric if you aren’t using a good laundry detergent. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Laundry Detergent is tough on stains, but gentle on the fabrics. With no dyes, optical brighteners or synthetic fragrances, Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent gives you great results in HE and standard machines, and works in all water temperatures. This Natural Laundry Detergent, made with plant-based ingredients, is a USDA Certified Biobased 97% so it is gentle on your world too.
Make it Comfy - Sometimes the hardest part of winter is getting your kids to actually wear all of their winter gear. Choose items like hats and mitts that are soft and cozy. Wool is very warm but can also be itchy and can irritate sensitive skin. “It’s itchy”, is the number one complaint I used to hear from my kids. Seventh Generation Laundry Liquid free of dyes & synthetic fragrances which can also irritate skin. Their Free & Clear Laundry Detergent is made for sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic. This is important in keeping those cozy fabrics soft and comfy and kids wearing their winter gear.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however the thoughts and tips are all my own.