Best Winter Baby Clothes and Gear for Cold Weather Survival

It’s no secret that winter babies require more gear and baby clothing than their summer siblings, especially those born in northern climates, such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

New parents should prepare to do battle with snowdrifts, chilling wind gusts that leave faces and fingers raw, and otherwise icy and wet conditions on the way to daycare, playdates, the local library, or wherever. Stock up on some of our favorite stroller blankets, footmuffs, toddler mittens, adorable baby snowsuits, booties, and winter hats before the real storms hit.

Cold weather protection doesn’t stop at the baby phase, of course, especially for those navigating city streets outdoors. “NYC kids stay in their strollers a bit longer than suburban kids, because they have to deal with the elements a lot more,” explains Carol Adams, owner of Torly Kid, a popular kids clothing boutique in Manhattan, by email. “I know I kept my kids wrapped in their 7 A.M. Enfant footmuff and covered the stroller with a wind protector until they were almost 5!”

Read on for our top picks of baby winter clothes and gear for keeping newborns and toddlers toasty—no matter the temperature.

Government Shutdown: What's Open and What's Closed, from Federal Hall to the Statue of Liberty

As the federal government shutdown stretches on, its impact is being felt by government employees and by federally run sites, parks, and museums across the country, including a few here in the NYC area. Wondering what's still open and what's been closed in New York City as a result of the government shutdown? Read on for a full list, which we'll keep up to date as shutdown news develops.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Underwater Parks, Mobile Museums, and Kamala Harris

Enjoy yourself this weekend. Enjoy yourself while you can. Eat, drink, and be merry, for next week, things change. Be prepared for the unusual, the unexpected, and, there's no way to sugarcoat this: be prepared for the wet. There's rain in the forecast, and we may temporarily lose visual contact with our favored hot ball o'gas. (Alternative orbs may be available.)

Of course we won't be totally underwater. At least I don't think we will. If you are concerned you can practice for such an eventuality at one of the several Underwater Parks events going on this weekend. Get your feet wet, so to speak. Regardless, get out before the precipitation starts, because as those of you who paid attention in storytime know, it's 100% possible to melt when exposed to water.

On a more serious note, next week also presents a challenge of a different kind for some of our families. As of this writing, a strike by LAUSD teachers is likely. Many parents will opt to keep their children home during this time, either in support of the teachers or out of concern for the uncertain conditions in the schools; we've written about some options available for kids out of school during the strike, and our calendar always lists weekday activities for all ages.

Keep reading for our best picks for the weekend, whatever challenges you may be facing...

Weekend Fun: Cooking, Tracking, and Sea Creatures; Jan 12-13

While I always find myself dreading cold, dark January during the fun, busy fall months, by the time it rolls around I am filled with excitement for the new year. January seems like the perfect time to try new things, and luckily Boston is full of unique experiences for kids and families. Budding chefs can try a hand at a popular Italian dish, or how about some biscuits, butter, and jam? Parents and children can slow down with yoga or learn all about animal tracking in the wilderness. No need to go to the waterfront when the aquarium can bring sea life to you. Animal lovers can also get up close and personal with backyard birds

Weekend Fun: Science and Sorcery, Winter Tracking, and Owl Moons, Jan. 12-13

The preliminary weather reports are calling for temperatures in the 20s this weekend, so bundle up the kids and get outside for some seasonal activities! For starters, there is the annual party to open the night ski season at Mohawk Ski Area. Or learn to identify animals by their tracks during a wintertime walk in the woods (no snow required). Do you know what an Owl Moon is? You can find that out too. If you'd prefer to stay warm indoors, check out the Magic of Harry Potter in Hartford, or create a piece of experimental art in New Canaan.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Boat Show, Winterfest, Jan. 12-13

The kids are finally back in school and the holidays have officially come to a close, which means it's time to start counting down to summer, right? I kid, I kid... it's actually around this time that we start trying to implement some sort of routine again and seeking out free activities for the kids so we can take a break from all that holiday spending. And what better place to come for lots of free fun inspiration than here? We've got you covered:

This weekend is also packed with lots of unique events that are sure to spice up your Saturday, like Winterfest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, the annual Houston Boat Show, and the "Royals" Doggie Day for your favorite four-legged friends. 

Also worth checking out: our event calendar and January GoList are the places to find the coolest stuff happening in Houston right now, no matter what day of the week it is. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish emailed to your inbox.

Now let's check out what this weekend has in store. 

Weekend Fun: Wild Things, Alexander Hamilton, and... Zombies!

If you want to take a walk on the wild side, NYC this weekend is the place to do it. From Peter and the Wolf in Crown Heights to a primer on Living with Urban Coyotes, to the NY Philharmonic's The Cunning Little Vixon concert, to a Meet the Music performance based on The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, baby, it's a wild world. Not to be left out, Staten Island's Children's Museum hosts a Happy Hibernations program, APEC is holding an Adventure Time workshop for toddlers about animal movements, and Wave Hill shares tips on Keeping Wildlife Wild. After all, wild things do make our hearts sing.

Not in the mood for critters? How about a little history? Alexander Hamilton's birthday is actually January 11, but Morris-Jumel is throwing a Hamilton party on Saturday that includes Hamilton sing-alongs and cupcakes. Is travel your thing? Discover Portugal in Battery Park, or catch a Cuban dance performance on Saturday. If your offspring enjoy a good (gentle) scare, head to Queens to help manage a zombie outbreak (very scientific).

Don't forget to scroll through our curated Winter Events Guide and our helpful January Go List. And remember, our team of highly trained Kid Fun Experts are tirelessly scouring the city, finding great events for the MommyPoppins calendar

Weekend Fun: Free Family Swim, Winterfest, Paper Bag Players

Keep the fun going throughout January with any of the great programs we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend. Whether you're looking for a performance, film, sports event, craft, winter festival, or a good deed, you've come to the right place.

Browse the collectibles at the Baseball Card Show or catch a screening that gets behind the scenes at an international, big-league Science Fair (way beyond the baking-soda volcano kit). More indoor fun can be had creating fashion for an American Girl doll, and you can embrace the season with fun activities that don’t break the bank at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. Have you heard about the new swim school? There’ll be an open house with FREE family swimming.

There's more! Check out our hot-off-the-press roundup of 50 winter activities for kids and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond!

Weekend Events: Rubber Ducky Day, Disney on Ice, Theater

Join Anna this weekend as Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven help her find sister Elsa and bring back summer at Disney on Ice: Frozen. Or poke around the Long Island Explorium and get your hands on some coding robots.

Check out inexpensive family fun with our list of free things to do this month. Don’t forget to check our January GoList and events calendar for more inspiration.

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