Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

Brrrrr! There are some days so cold that you find yourself wondering what Al Gore keeps talking about. Despite the brutal winter months for which NYC is infamous, we’ve managed to find ways of keeping the NYC fashion bar high. And fortunately, there are fantastic products out there to keep our little bundles of joy snuggly warm and oh so stylish too!

Toastie Toddler Couture from Mobile Moms

The Toastie Toddler Couture Ultimate Stroller Blanket from Mobile Moms is so luxurious and warm you might actually find yourself jealous of your own child! This 100% Waterproof/Windproof and Breathable “blanket” (it’s more of a zipped-up bag) is lined in a plush faux fur. The removable hypo-allergenic polydown filler makes it versatile for use in Fall, Winter, and crisp Spring days and it’s perfect for your child 3 months – 4 years old. And having done my share of research, this is hands down the best stroller blanket on the market. And if you often fold up your stroller, check out the Toastie Toddler original – all the warmth without all the bulk. http://www.mobilemoms.com

Robeez, Stride Rite & Pedipeds

The concept of wearing a furry warm boot might be foreign to some Manolo devotees, but our little ones’ tootsies must be kept toastie! The Robeez booties have an easy-on/stay-on elasticized ankle design, are adorably lined in teddy bear plush, and have flexible non-slip suede soles. An absolute must for your soon-to-be or current little walker. http://www.robeez.com

Stride Rite is known for its expertise in designing the perfect first shoes for your baby. The Cold Front II boots lock out snow so little feet stay cozy and warm! They also feature an “open-wide” entry with an adjustable strap so boots fit easily under or over clothes, even bulky snow pants. So let your baby enjoy frolicking in the snow, as their feet are safe. http://www.striderite.com

Pediped offers some of the cutest shoes on the market for babies and young children. Their fur-lined winter booties will keep little feet basking warm on even the most bone-chilling of days. The soft, cushionedlLeather soles and velcro fasteners stay on whether your baby is playing indoors or outside. http://www.pediped.com

Bjorn & Boba Carriers

The most fun way to keep warm this winter is to snuggle! Well, now you can snuggle with your baby while walking down Madison Avenue by using a baby carrier. The classic BabyBjorn Baby Carrier Original Organic has all the fabulous attributes of the famous Bjorn but with organically grown cotton that is free from hazardous substances. And you can leave that blanket at home (it never stays put anyway) and get the BabyBjorn Cover for Baby Carrier. This must-have accessory for your carrier will keep your baby warm and dry when it’s cold and wet outside. This water-repellent fleece blanket with detachable hood will keep your baby cozy while he’s looking out and taking in the NYC winter backdrop. http://www.babybjorn.com

And if all those heavy jackets and boots are weighing you down, opt for a Boba Baby Carrier. It can be worn on your front or back, can carry children 15-45 pounds and the best part? It has foot-straps, which not only help the baby’s alignment, but they help protect your back as well! With the Boba, you can take on Madison and Fifth Avenue with your baby! http://www.bobababycarrier.com

LullaBag

We all know that a loose blanket is an absolute no-no for the baby’s crib but if you want to make sure your baby is snuggly warm all through the night, opt for a Pointelle LullaBag by Cloud B. The LullaBag (available in pointelle cotton and bamboo) is Cloud B’s patented baby sleep sack/bag with a two-way zipper allowing for easy access to change baby in the middle of the night. The LullaBag is designed to keep babies at a constant comfortable temperature. Your baby sleeping through the night might not be just a dream anymore! http://www.cloudb.com

Winter Outwear from Bundle & REI

There is no shortage when it comes to finding adorable baby apparel, but when it comes to winter outerwear; it’s often slim pickens. So, why not head downtown to Thompson Street and check out baby boutique Bundle (a favorite of Julia Roberts’ and Nicole Kidman’s). Your toddler will look so cool on the playground in this Brown Puffy Coat by Tutto Piccolo! http://www.bundlenyc.com

Get your baby ready for a romp in the snow with this adorable (and practical) Timber Mountain snowsuit from REI. Fleece-lined and water-resistant, this snowsuit has all the features to keep your toddler dry, warm and snow-baby-bunny ready! REI has a full line of fantastic outerwear, from hats to gloves to jackets, to fulfill all of your winter-baby’s needs. http://www.rei.com

EuroTote

Moms are the best multi-taskers out there so a multi-tasking product is an absolute must-have! An alternative to infant car seat carriers, the EuroTote is a 1.5 pound cradle carrier with long shoulder straps that eases the transition from home to car to stroller and anywhere else in between, making it perfect for the busy New Yorker’s lifestyle (and her limited living space). The 5 in 1 EuroTote acts as 1. a Moses Carrier that fits directly into convertible car seats; 2. a Bunting Bag to keep baby warm without the bulk of coats and sweaters; 3. a Stroller Bag that offers a wind and water repellent shell from infancy to toddlerhood; 4. a Play Blanket for a clean place to play anywhere; and 5. a Travel Bed for a nest of familiarity on the road. Available in four colors. http://www.scichild.com

Our little babies can’t tell us they’re cold so it’s up to us to be prepared with any and everything to brave the cold on their behalf. But with these products, it’ll be a piece of cake. So come on cold weather – Bring It!

Originally published January 2010
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