Winter Adventures with Villervalla and Tips for Enjoying Cold Weather Play
When you picture winter play, do you picture a kid with 10 layers whose arms stick straight out and who has to pee as soon as that last layer is in place? Fast forward - we're good now. Not only can your kid dress themselves in our fantastic outerwear, but they can move about like kids are meant to move! So much better!
Designed in Sweden and tested in Scandinavian winters, our gear is designed for active kids. Waterproof, breathable, with reinforced seams and reflective patches for safety. When kids feel free to move, they're happier in their clothes. When they can stay dry and warm, they stay out longer.
Ready to go? Get outside fast with gear that's easy to wear. Velcro adjust cuffs and sturdy zippers help kids gear up easily. Boot straps and snow stop sleeve cuffs with thumb holes keep things in place.
Winter play is beautiful - the woods are calm and quiet. We plan for slower hikes and more in-depth play - sliding across frozen puddles, stomping ice, playing house beneath branches. Plan for extra time in one spot - but remember, the kids won't be still - they'll be actively engaged in play. Giving kids space for uninterrupted play is important! Just keep in mind that adults watching or younger toddlers and babies will need more layers than active kids. Our Janus wool collection provides great base layer and accessory options for all ages, including adults.
We get so much use out of our winter gear because the kids go out almost every day. When the world is snow covered, even the mundane and normal becomes a magical place to explore - and with the right gear, kids can stay at play.
A top tip from our own home? Make outdoor play a right: an option that doesn't get taken away for behavior and isn't dependent on weather. Send the kids out even when you don't want to go out yourself - don't let your hesitancy wear off on them! If there's a hard bit, it's getting out there.
Where will you adventure this winter? Tag us in your photos on Instagram #biddleandbopkids and follow us at @biddleandbop
We're on it. With kids. Read why we choose to hike (lots) with our children, in all kinds of weather.
How to Embrace the Forest (and avoid the ticks) without Fear - A response to Slate.com's "Be Very Afraid of Ticks"
This is the headline going around: "The threat of tick-borne diseases is serious and growing. And you’re probably not doing enough to protect your family." (M. Moyer, for Slate)
Wow. That headline. I mean... it does make you want to hide in a corner with a spray bottle of Deet and not even look outdoors. And if you're not feeling bad enough in any other parenting category, add this one: you're not doing enough when it comes to ticks.
It’s a foreign concept in America - to be outside, playing, simply playing. So when you look at the gear we label “outdoor gear” or “outerwear” for kids, it’s no wonder so many parents come back saying it doesn’t really work... click to keep reading and find what does!