Us mamas be on the bus. When I was a single mom going to school and working my little boy and I were on the bus, even in the winter.  Snowflakes and ice didn’t stop me from having an 8 a.m. biology class.  My mom taught me how to bundle my son very early on knowing the storms that literally come for single moms. Here’s a quick guide to share the same information my mama shared with me.

[big_title2]Grease them up![/big_title2]

When I bundle my boys I start by making sure their skin stays warm and dry.  All kids like to play in the snow.  They are bound to get a little bit wet.  Putting some Vaseline, or anything containing petroleum jelly (I’ve even used coconut grease before), on their hands and faces keeps their skin from getting chapped and creates a barrier to protect against wetness.

[big_title2]Second, put gloves on first and tuck.[/big_title2]

If you’ve ever walked down a street holding a little kids hand you know that their little coats tend to pull back from their wrist when reaching to keep hold of mom.  Rather than putting on your kid’s coat first, place their fingers in their gloves and tuck the ends of their shirts into the sleeves of their gloves.  This way when their coat pulls away from their wrist there is still no way for cold air to get in.

[big_title2]Next, help them keep their heat.[/big_title2]

It’s important to put their scarf inside of their coat.  When bundling your kid the entire purpose is to keep the heat their body is already creating inside of their coat.  Thus, you need to insulate their body.  By putting them in long johns, wrapping their scarf inside of the coat or using a face mask, you’re helping heat stay near their body where it is supposed to be.

[big_title2]Finally, put on their coat.[/big_title2]

I’m a huge fan of coats with double layers and zippers, especially for my mamas who are riding the train or bus.  Once you’re all bundled up, greased up and insulated the coat can actually do its job of protecting your kid from the elements.

I hope this helps.  What tricks do you use to keep your kiddo toasty in the cold, winter weather?

 

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Muffy Mendoza is an author, speaker and founder of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a support group for nearly 4,000 African-American moms in the Pittsburgh region. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. Find out more about Muffy on muffymendoza.com.

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