I’ve partnered with the Vaseline team to tackle surviving these winter month when you have kids. Winter is always a difficult season for me. I hate the cold, and don’t like being cooped up inside. Atlanta has had an usually warm month so far this January, but when it’s 75 and sunny one day and 40 and rainy the next (which is exactly what we are dealing with this week) it can take a toll on you. Especially when you have little kids that need to get outside and have a tendency to get sick during these months and even further drive you crazy. So what helps us get by? Here are a few tips…
1) Make a list of fun indoor places for kids in your area and hang it on your fridge. When I wake up and realize it’s cold outside I have a tendency to think oh we should stay home and forget that there are tons of indoor places around to hit up with the kids. When I see it on the fridge it reminds me we should get out and try out one of them. I never regret getting out and doing something fun with the kids, but can’t say that I don’t regret the days we stay in the house all day long… On my list are the Georgia aquarium, the children’s museum, indoor playgrounds, kids art studios, and the mall of course.
2) Take care of your skin. And not just yours, but everyone in your family’s. Over the winter months skin tends to get irritated and dry. The cold causes both of my kids eczema to flair up and mine to get itchy and uncomfortable. No one likes itchy and uncomfortable skin. That’s why I use Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion on my whole family. It heals and hydrates and can give everyone in the family beautiful and soft skin, even when it’s cold outside. Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion leaves skin deeply moisturized and looking noticeably healthier. Plus buying this lotion in the U.S. will help support Direct Relief through the buy one to help heal one promotion (learn more about that here)! All Vaseline® Intensive Care® lotions can be used daily and are available at Walmart and other food, drug and mass retailers nationwide.
3) Make a list of fun and age appropriate activities that can be done indoors that you want to do with your kids and also hang those on your fridge. I see plenty of things on Pinterest that I want to try but never remember to do, even on those weekend days where we are all home together. Because when it’s really cold and rainy I really don’t want to venture outside at all. I’ve found all types of fun ones like making our own play-doh, making blubber, and home scavenger hunts.
4) Make the most of the season. Really indulge in kid friendly activities that are only around in the winter. Like playing in the snow if you have any, or sledding, or if you are like us and live where there is never snow make lots of hot chocolates and s’mores!
5) Sanitize everything and give the kids baths appropriately. Germs are everywhere this time of year and if your family is like mine your kids seem to be constantly sick. Make sure you spray down toys, and sanitize hands when out and about. I also give the kids a bath any time we’ve been out and about to wash off some of the germs they may have picked up (because we all know toddler germs are crazy strong)!
And I know we aren’t dressed like it’s winter in these pictures but that’s only because Atlanta weather has been crazy this year, I really think it’s bipolar!
As much as I tend to dislike the winter, it can be a lot of fun too with some precautions taken. But I will definitely be thankful when spring rolls around! What do you do to survive the cold? Tell me all about it below!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Essential Healing Lotion.
Chanel van Reenen says
You really are the BEST mom, Claire!!!
We are totally in survival mode right now, so thanks for the tips!
I want it to be 75 here!! We’ve had so much rain and snow. I’m going crazy. I love all your tips though. We love visiting indoor places like the museum.
Dry skin is definitely the worst part of the winter! I love Vaseline Products!
We are forever battling the dry skin here! I always use Vaseline to lather the kids up after a bath!