Walking in a Winter Wonderland

How to dress Coraline for our outdoor adventures has stumped me a bit. It’s tricky to dress a mobile little one warmly for the wintery cold while keeping her, well... mobile



Last year, when Coraline was just a few months old, we didn’t spend any time outdoors from about December until March. It was too cold or too wet, and I was a nervous first-time parent. This year, however, I’m looking forward to getting her out on a sled (though I’m still a nervous first-time parent, worried that she’ll get frostbite or sick). How to dress her for our outdoor adventures has stumped me a bit. It’s tricky to dress a mobile little one warmly for the wintery cold while keeping her, well... mobile. (Ever see A Christmas Story? Remember Ralphie’s little brother waddling down the sidewalk like a poor bloated starfish?)

When you’re dressing a young child for some good old-fashioned snow play, the trick is to layer. A bulky coat won’t keep them as warm as a few thin layers in appropriate fabrics, which create a number of warm buffer zones (and keep tiny arms and legs in functional anatomical proportion). Look for moisture-wicking and insulating fabrics like polyester, microfiber blends, fleece, or wool. The outer layer should be, of course, waterproof and easy-on/easy-off if your kiddo is potty trained (or working on it). In addition to the obvious accessories — boots, hat, fleece or wool socks — consider mittens instead of gloves (warmer for tiny fingers) and a one piece neck warmer instead of a scarf, as scarves can pose a strangulation hazard in worst-case scenarios.

Here are some Hudson Valley retailers that sell everything from wool socks to long underwear for our tiny snow people.

Have fun out there, and happy New Year!


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Shannon Gallagher

Shannon Gallagher
Rhinebeck, NY


Dutchess County native Shannon Gallagher is a contributing editor for Hudson Valley Magazine. An erstwhile thrill-seeker, these days she courts disaster of a different variety wrangling a spirited toddler, honing her vegan baking skills, and chasing the ever-elusive work-family balance. She teaches Pilates and does fascial bodywork, and lives in Rhinebeck with Coraline, a cat named Otie, and Sushi the Fish (named, of course, by the toddler).

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