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Cold Weather got you Stuck Inside with the Kids?

Posted February 02, 2015

For those of you that have babies in the winter you know how hard it is to get outside. My first daughter was born in January the coldest month of the year. It was also the year my thermometer rarely went above zero until late February. Being an active person I struggled with what to do. I decided to make a rule that if it was above zero and I dressed properly we could go outside for a little fresh air. But what do you do when you have multiple children?

My best advice is set a temperature that you feel comfortable with and if your child gets teary they won’t cry icicles. Take them skiing, sledding, skating or just a simple trek across the frozen tundra. Build an igloo. If you have a little one, put on your babycarrier and tuck them inside your coat. Your body heat will keep them plenty warm. Plus the additional layer you have over your carrier.

If it is simply too cold cruise the Internet for fun tips. Sometimes my children will bring the skating inside by sliding in their socks on hardwood floors or sledding down the stairs on blankets. We also enjoy building forts or baking cookies. Having 3 girls dress up is also a big one. It’s also a good time to bond with your kids in front of the fire reading books and playing games. One of our favorite games is Spot It, Story Cubes or Tell Tale. You can even just sit around and make up stories giving each child an opportunity to add a sentence. The crazy stories you can come up with! Before you know it your house will be filled with laughter. It also allows for tummy time while you are playing with older children.

The best part of it being to cold to go out is you really get to know your child and see what goes on in their little heads. So whatever you decide to do, just have fun. Explore your world inside and out and see just how magical it all is.

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