I wrote earlier in the year that I was keen to make a more concerted effort to get outdoors with the children on a more regular basis, regardless of the weather. Well I can confirm that we most definitely have been getting out a lot more and I thought I would share my top tips for Muddy walks and taking young children out in the cold, wet weather.
1 – Wellies are a must. Both my older two love putting their wellies on as it means jumping in puddles! We have plenty of pairs here so there is always a set ready to wear should there be a set drying out from a previous walk.
2 – Dress the children in layers of clothes – this helps to keep them warm but also means when you get back to the car you can strip the top layers off. I tend to dress them both in a base layer if it is particularly cold – I picked up some fab sets from Aldi a month of so ago. They’re meant for skiing so they’re super warm and they sit nicely under their normal clothes. I then pop a tshirt and jumper over the top and either jogging bottoms or leggings on the bottom.
3 – Waterproofs – I’ve only just managed to convince both Miss E and Mr D to don their waterproof trousers, we have some regatta ones that are perfect. We pop them on and they help to keep them reasonably dry. I have a pair too that I picked up in Decathlon last year when we had some snow and if I know it’s going to be really wet and muddy I’ll pop mine on too.
4 – Old coats – I made the mistake of going on a particularity muddy walk with the children wearing their brand new regatta coats that we were gifted after going on a walk late last year.. I’m not hugely precious about the children keeping clean but they are good quality coats that I don’t want to throw in the washer on a regular basis as they’ll stop being water proof. I’ve since learnt to put them in older coats that I’m happy to wash repeatedly.
5 – Having a blanket or towel in the boot of the car is perfect for covering cold legs on the way home. I always strip my two down and put all the wet and muddy clothes in a large bag (think bag for life style from the supermarkets). I then sit them in their seat and cover them with the blanket. I have an old blanket that I think I got from Ikea or Dunelm Mill and also a really neat microfibre towel (we have one like this that folds up into a small pouch but is large enough to drape across them both in the car – plus it has the added bonus of being a towel for if I need to dry them off).
6 – Embrace the messiness – there really isn’t anything more fun than jumping around in muddy puddles – I like to join in too – which of course makes the children giggle.
When we get home from cold walks I throw all our clothes etc into the washer, stuff the wellies with newspaper and leave them in front of the woodburner to dry off and get the children into the bath to warm up and get clean. Then it’s time for a snack and a hot milk.
What are your top tips for embracing the colder weather and going on muddy walks?