toddler winter essentials

happy december, everyone! we had our first major snowfall of the season (which resulted in kingston + i being snowed in for nearly a week while dustin was away on work) + temperature's are dropping like crazy! i'm in love with all the snow we've been getting because it's finally starting to make things feel like christmas-y. winter out in the sticks where we built our home is absolutely magical. everything is so white + peaceful, kingston + lulu have more space than they know what to do with it. this is exactly what dustin + i envisioned the very first time we came across this little wonderland. 

kingston was just a teeny, tiny babes at this time last year so we never had to spend a lot of time bundling him up to go outside because he had his one trusty snowsuit (more like three trusty snowsuits) + he was good to go. this year, we were quick to learn that's it's not just about warmth for our kingston, it's about mobility too. 

these are a few of our winter essentials that we've been using for kingston daily:

this winter parka is nice + long for optimum warmth. i'm in love with the fur hood that not only looks super cute, but it helps keep his head + neck warm too. it's a bit stiff for kingston to move around in so we use this more for a going to + from jacket. we bought him this jacket which is a lighter + easier for kingston to maneuver in when he plays outside. plus, i'm obsessed anything camo print!!

this is our favourite! the snood is fully lined + not only protects his ears, but his neck + chin too. it's a great essential for the really cold days + it looks so darn cute, i get kingston to wear it almost everywhere we go.

finding winter boots for kingston was tough! like most one-year-olds i'm sure, kingston had a lot better things to do than to sit down + try on winter boots. when we came across the sorel snow commanders, they were hands down the easiest to get on/off + kingston could walk around the store effortlessly. these boots are designed weather as cold as -25°c (-32° fahrenheit) which perfect for our chilly winter climate.
the northface makes some of our most loved hoodies. they are great to have on hand for a little extra warmth + they're perfect for layering.

a solid pair of rainboots is key for jumping in puddles + for when the temperatures pick up.

we chose the traditional bibs snow pants vs just the regular snow pants because i thought they would be more practical for kingston's age. bib snow pants do an awesome job of keeping the snow out.

our favourite sock brands for kingston's little toes are baby gap + crewcuts for j.crew, preferably with grippers on the bottom. also - if you have any tips + tricks for getting toddlers to keep their socks on, please send them our way!!
we love these simple + warm mittens! the baby bear mitts are long in length with elastic hems to keep the heat in + the cold out. they are also waterproof + come in a ton of different colours. we got kingston's mitts in black + titanium so that way they can match with whatever jacket he's wearing + there's always an extra pair nearby to toss into his backpack. we also purchased these incase lulu takes kingston's other mitts hostage.

happy weekend, everyone! xo

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