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Winter is coming. (Isn't it always?) And when the temperature drops, life can get a little tougher for everyone. But when you're a new mama in negative degrees? That's just unfair. Before you give up and hibernate, though, we've rounded up a few products that can help winter suck a little bit less for moms and their littles. Stay warm, mama!


1. To get out without getting offline: Skip Hop Tech Ready Hand Muff

If you can't imagine giving up your afternoon walks this winter, we've got good news: You don't have to — just make sure you're prepared. The Skip Hop Tech Ready Hand Muff attaches to your stroller bar to fend off frozen fingers, and it comes equipped with a window so you can use your smart phone without exposing yourself to the elements. Game, tech, match, winter winds.

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Pro tip: Pair with the Skip Hop Stroll and Go Three-Season Footmuff to keep your little as cozy as your hands.

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2. To stop the hairbrush battles: Static Schmatic for Kids

You love the spark in your baby's eye—not so much the sparks flying from their hair in the winter. Static Schmatic was created by two mamas out of all-natural ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, and salt so you can rid your kid of static in their hair and clothes. It doesn't leave any sticky residue, is hypoallergenic, and smells like cookies, meaning applying it is one less battle this winter.

Pro tip: Get Static Schmatic for Clothes for a non-toxic substitute for dryer sheets year-round.

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3. To keep naptime snuggly: aden + anais cozy muslin swaddles

These super-soft swaddle blankets have the same lightweight feel you expect from aden + anais, but the Cozy Muslin Swaddles' premium flannel muslin ups the cozy factor to eleven. They're also machine washable (perfect for all those newborn spit-up incidents_ and won't lose their softness in the wash.

Pro tip: The swaddles big size (they're almost four feet long!) mean they're perfect to use as stroller blankets or a play mat.

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4. When the colds come inside: Babyganics Cold Relief Chest Rub + Vapor Bubble Bath

Nothing brings you down in the winter like a stuffy baby. If the sniffles have made their way to your house, give your little one some relief with Babyganics Cold Relief Chest Rub and Vapor Bubble Bath with natural menthol, rosemary, and eucalyptus to help open congested noses. (Bonus: Caught your kid's cold? Bathing your baby in the bubble bath will give you the benefit of the vapors as well.)

Pro tip: When you're finally ready to leave the house, toss a Babyganics Organic Lip + Face Balm Stick in your diaper bag to fend off chapping on those round cheeps and that tiny nose.

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5. For serious hibernation: Nested Bean Zen Sack Winter

It's hard enough to wake up during winter (how does that floor get so cold?), the last thing you need is a baby keeping you up in the wee hours. Fussy baby, meet the Zen Sack. This weighted sleep sack mimics the soothing pressure of mom's touch with a lightly weighted pad and plush upper panel on baby's chest that have been shown to promote better, longer sleep in babies. (Don't believe the claim? Our cofounder's daughter slept 15 HOURS straight the first night she wore it. SERIOUSLY.) The winter sack also features poly-fil for extra warmth when the temp starts to plummet.

Pro tip: Sleep, mama. You've earned it ?

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6. To keep Jack Frost from your baby's toes: Bugaboo High Performance Footmuff

Not only does Bugaboo's High Performance Footmuff guarantee a cozy baby in even freezing temperatures, it's also designed with mom in mind. An outer Teflon coating makes the muff wind, water, and stain-resistant, and the inner dirt shield protects the muff from muddy boots—oh yeah, and it's machine washable (easy cleaning for the win!).

Pro tip: With two detachable covers (one filled with polyester for spring and fall and the other with down for the winter), you might be able to avoid “put on your coat!" toddler battles all year round.

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