Makeshift Ziploc bag "snow boots" for babies
No snow boots for your baby? Here's Ashley's inventive solution:
We live in the Midwest and usually get a few pretty good snows each winter. We got a few inches of snow the other night, so I decided to take my 14 month-old daughter, Sophie, out to play in it for the first time. My only problem: she doesn't have any winter boots. Since she won't keep shoes on (even the kind with elastic in them) and would outgrow a pair of boots before she got the chance to use them more than once or twice, we never bought her any. When I was dressing her to go out in the snow I first put her in some thick pajamas (the kind with the non-skid feet). Then I slipped some Ziploc sandwich baggies over her feet and tied some pieces of scrap flannel over the baggies to keep them on. Then I put her snow suit and coat on her. We played outside for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and her feet stayed dry and warm.
I heard a variant on this hack when we were up on the mountain for a bit of snow play last month. My daughter's (cheap) snow boots had leaked, and she was miserable. A mother noticed her anguish and suggested that next time I slip her sock-covered feet into plastic bags before I put the boots on. This wouldn't work for a full day, but for some casual snow play? Perfect!