We have been stuck in the single digits for quite some time now with dips below zero and only a few ventures into the elusive double digits (woo, we hit 10!). I shouldn't complain as my friends up in Fairbanks and Denali have been stuck below -30. Who knew that could happen?
Unless you enjoy being locked in a cage with wild animals, you will have to take the kids outside. Most kids will let you stick a hat on their hand and even boots on their feet, but it seems a large proportion of children balk at coverings on their hands. I know it is hard to grab a snowball when your thumb is pinned to your hand, but come on children it is cold!
This is exactly the predicament faced by the developer of the Smittens. She needed a way to make inexcapable hand coverings for her child. These mittens basically are connected by a scarf that goes along the arms and over the back. Since my children didn't have a problem with mittens, I was able to pass these along to some women in my crew who really needed them.
(picture from website)
Waterproof Smittens with Thumbs - reviewed by a mother new to Alaskan winters! ($36)
While the Smittens seem to be the trademark item, the following products should not be overlooked.
(modeled by my three year old on a zero degree day)
They are made from double layer of thick fleece in wonderful colors. The size is perfect for toddlers allowing coverage of the neck, but allowing the child to breathe easily! The size fits my two year old and three year old quite well. It even worked as an ear band in a pinch after a hat was mysteriously misplaced.
2. Hats (infant $18 and toddler $23)
The warm fleece in fabulous colors makes these hats perfect. We tried out the toddler version with a velcro closure and tassel "ears". It is slightly large for my two year old, but is perfect for my three year old. It was warm enough for a snow machine ride and squished under his coat hood nicely. We also received compliments on how cute it made my children look!
All in all, I am impressed by the design of the products. They have a great idea with spot on construction. The seams are sturdy, fabrics high quality and are offered in a variety of colors. I recommend these products and are proud to give them my Alaskan Mom Approval as they help keep Alaskan mothers sane by allowing them to take their children out in the winter! Thank you January Baby for letting us review your amazing products!