Bundle Up!

by Courtney Sirotin on January 30, 2012

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This is a public service announcement to anyone planning to start running with their kid(s) in a stroller in the winter. You must dress your child much warmer than you think is necessary. You will be getting hot from exertion but your child remains stationary in the stroller and faces a wind chill from the momentum of the ride.

I’ve been out running with Dylan since he was a newborn so we’ve worked out all the kinks to get to a place where we both truly enjoy the experience. I credit a lot of his enjoyment to his physical comfort, so today I’d like to share with you how I dress Dylan for a run outside in the winter. For context, it was about 45 degrees outside on the day these pictures were taken.

Step 1: Start with a solid base layer. Dylan has on a onesie and fleece pants. I like a onesie as part of the base layer because it assures me that none of his tummy or back skin will ever be exposed to the cool air, even if his coat rides up (which it won’t, because I’m careful about that).

Step 2: Add long socks and pull them up over the pants. Securing the pants inside the socks further prevents skin exposure and makes it easier to add another layer, as in the next step.

Step 3: Add a warm second layer. Sometimes I use a thermal shirt and another pair of fleece pants but on this day I used a fleece bodysuit. On an extremely cold day I might use a thermal shirt and the fleece bodysuit.

Step 4: Add shoes. Socks alone will allow too much airflow to the toes. The shoes trap heat and keep his toes warm.

Step 5: Add adult-sized warm socks over the shoes. I do this to add more warmth and to prevent Dylan from pulling off his shoes on the run, which he used to do. This is important to note because you have to baby proof these layers. I try to add as many layers to his actual outfit as I can because he can remove his blanket but he can’t remove, say, his pants while he’s sitting in the stroller.

Step 6: Add a warm winter coat and hat. Make sure the coat sleeves are long enough to cover his hands. Dylan will not wear mittens but since this coat covers his hands they stay warm anyway. Some long-sleeved shirts can accomplish this too, in a pinch.

Step 7: Once in the stroller I add two blankets and tuck them all around his legs and under his feet. I also always give him a cracker with almond butter, which he likes to nibble on while we’re running. I know Dylan is comfy in this get-up because he usually falls asleep on our runs.

And this concludes this public service announcement. Have a fun run!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

VERONICA LEE January 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
Have a nice day!


TREY February 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

He looks like the little kid from “a christmas story”

“I can’t put my arms down!”


COURTNEY February 8, 2012 at 3:38 am

That’s exactly what Jay said!


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