Winter essentials and must-have items for your baby!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!  

By Ilissa Goman

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You may or may not know it by now, but kids (and cozywoggle coatbabies) are not supposed to be wearing winter coats in their car seats! It can create a gap in the harness and in an accident they can be ejected, eek! Try out a Cozywoggle. They’re a car seat safe coat that has side zips so that it opens up like a poncho but also has a regular zipper for outdoor wearing. We’ve been using them for the past three winters and LOVE them! www.cozywoggle.com

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Mimitens are a winter MUST-HAVE! They come in a variety of cute designs, are super warm, and have a sleeve on them so they won’t come off. Great for babies through elementary school age kids. Get them locally at The Bundle Store.

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A Saratoga home isn’t complete without its own horse stable. Check out this super fun horse stable playhouse from Land of Nod. Perfect to keep the kids entertained inside while that snow is coming down outside! www.LandofNod.com

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dogs in carsSnow also means lots of time for snuggles and reading! Head downtown to Northshire Books to grab this fun counting book with hilarious dog illustrations. “Dogs in Cars”, by Felix Massie & Emmanuelle Walker www.Northshire.com

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Need some layering pieces for under the kid’s jeans or snow clothes? Head to The Bundle Store in Clifton Park to grab some Nui Organics wool pieces.

 

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Is your baby’s room chilly at night?  Check out my new favorite sleep sack from ergoPouch. It can be used as a swaddle for baby’s first three months (or until rolling) and then the arm holes unsnap to become a sleep sack. Plus it comes in a few different warmth ratings, so you get just the right temperature. Bonus points for being made with Organic Cotton.  www.ergopouch.com

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woodlandKids love playing in the snow! Here are two awesome finds from L.L.Bean. Their castle kit is perfect for building huge snow forts and then also does double-duty for those summer sand castles. With their Woodland Animals snow kit, your kids will be spending lots of time making snow critters. www.llbean.com

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giggle loungeAnd lastly, for those times when you have to get out of the house before you all go crazy, head to The Giggle Lounge in Clifton Park for some creative play, yummy food and a warm cup of good coffee- a winter ‘mama’ essential! www.TheGiggleLounge.com

 

 

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