I’m not a big fan of Winter, as someone who is always cold and with four children who are prone to catching every cough and sneeze going, it’s a time of year I dread. That said, we still like to get out and about during the Winter months, and although the weather doesn’t always permit our usual trips to the beach or for woodland walks, the city is somewhere we can always find something to suit all the family.
From museums to boat tours, family friendly restaurants, theatre trips and historical landmarks, there is always something we can do if the weather is dry, or somewhere to duck out of the rain when the weather lets us down.
The only thing that we can’t control is the temperature, and regardless of layering up and doing our best to keep warm, there are often times when our days out end in tears, the little ones crying over their cold cheeks, numb hands and runny noses.
We recently enjoyed a city break to Oxford, somewhere that Gaz and I have been a couple of times together but never dared venture with the children in tow.
During the coldest weekend of the year, after packing all of the essentials such as hats, gloves and scarves, and pre-empting all of the spots where we could get a hot chocolate to warm up at the end of the day, there was one thing that I knew from previous experiences we mustn’t forget – our WaterWipes.
Baby wipes are a necessity in our house, and we have tried every brand out there, but having been introduced to WaterWipes I soon realised the importance of using natural ingredients on my children’s sensitive skin, even more so during the Winter months. WaterWipes contain just two ingredients – 99.9% purified water and 0.1% fruit extract, and in colder climates, when the majority of time is being spent outdoors, preventing eczema flare ups, nappy rash and chapped lips, is paramount.
These days you will never find me without a pack of WaterWipes in my handbag, one in the car and several more in our luggage, so I can be reassured that when I am wiping their sticky hands or another snotty nose, there is no soap or harsh chemicals aggravating their skin.
And it has made such a huge difference, most noticeably when the youngest three were full of a cold during our weekend in Oxford and we still managed to escape that chapped redness that usually comes from wiping your nose too often, and Harry’s eczema improved massively after making the switch. I also found that for Gaz, Lewis and I, they are the perfect wipes to freshen up after a lengthy car journey, and gentle enough to use on the delicate eye area so that I didn’t wake up with panda eyes after nodding off in the car!
I also asked a group of fellow bloggers to share their top tips for surviving Winter city breaks with children, and they came up with some really helpful advice:-
“My tips would be to research and plan as much as can in advance! You don’t need to stick to it but at least you have options planned out rather than being stuck in the cold trying to decide what to do. Also layer up. It’s difficult to know exactly what the weather will feel like in a city you’re unfamiliar with so the best way to deal with that is to take outfits that can be easily layered and removed as needed!”
Jennifer at My Mummy’s Pennies.
“It’s all about the thermal socks, character hand warmers, and stops for hot chocolate along the way! Create little laminated lists for I spy/treasure hunts for travelling around and make sure you have some lip balm and moisturiser. Little faces get dry in the wind/rain/cold. And lots of tissues!!”
Michelle at Seeing Rainbows.
“Just go with the flow! Easier said than done I know but when we’ve taken the kids for a city trip the routine has gone out of the window for a couple of nights, enjoyed eating later and having a lovely time. We also pack an entertainment bag that comes with us too, it’s packed with the usual stuff to keep them happy that we can just grab and go.”
Helen at Beautiful things.
“Make walking fun by bringing along some Heelys or a scooter. City breaks can mean a lot of walking and kids can get bored and tired quickly. Making it fun can help! Perhaps also invest in a wrist strap so you can pull your little along on the scooter without breaking your back!”
Emily at Twin Mummy & Daddy.
As much as I am looking forward to the Spring, I can’t deny that we have had a lovely Winter together. I’m just looking forward to whipping out my WaterWipes to wipe down sandy hands and ice cream covered mouths now. Bring it on!
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