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The best winter boots for toddlers ❄

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The best winter boots for toddlers  ❄

Snow days can be the best days—but there’s nothing worse than cold, wet feet to turn an outdoor adventure into a toddler tantrum.


When it comes to the best winter boots for toddlers, we’ve plowed through them all (sorry, we couldn’t resist) and chosen our six favorites. We’ve got the perfect boot for your little ones, whether they’re new winter explorers or seasoned snow angel makers.

Check out our picks below!

1. The most practical

The Snow Treads get our vote for the most practical snow boot for their affordable price point combined with their all-around awesomeness. These boots are warm, waterproof but lightweight, and are easy for little hands to get on and off by themselves.

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They’re also really durable—perfect for passing on from sibling to sibling, or for multiple years of use. (To get two years of use out of them, we recommend sizing up and using really thick socks the first year, then thinner socks the second.) The rubber outsole provides a great grip so your little ones won’t slip in the snow. And they’re available in both toddler and bigger kid sizes.

LL Bean Toddlers’ Snow Treads
$44.95, LL Bean

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2. The best bang for your buck

We’re huge fans of Target’s Cat & Jack line for trendy, affordable kids’ clothing, so it’s no surprise that we love their winter boots just as much. These boots deliver on all the snow-fighting must-haves of our other picks, but at a fraction of the cost.

They’re warm, grippy, easy on/easy off, and come in lots of different styles. (We especially love the bungee tie style for keeping out the snow, and the look—and amazing waterproof capabilities—of the neoprene style.)

Target Cat & Jack Toddler Boots
Assorted styles starting at $26.99, Target

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3. The trendiest


Don’t let the wish-these-came-in-our-size look of these beauties fool you—these boots mean business. They’re perfect for keeping tiny feet toasty warm, even in deep snow.

The leather upper and rubber outsole keep out snow and water but don’t weigh things down; despite how they look, these boots are fairly lightweight. And although they look like a lace-up style, they’re actually tightened with a bungee drawstring, so they’re simple for toddlers to get on and off by themselves once they get the hang of it. They even have a removable felt innerboot that’s machine washable.

Sorel Children’s Yoot Pac TP Boot
$74.95, Zappos

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4. The most versatile



If you’re looking for a lightweight (but still very warm) boot with options for new walkers and older toddlers, Bogs get our top spot.

For the young toddler set, we love Baby Bogs—they’re light but not flimsy, completely waterproof, and aren’t bulky, so they’re perfect for new walkers who might get tripped up by a heavier boot. (They’re technically labeled as rain boots, but we found they were great in the snow, too, since younger toddlers aren’t spending nearly as much time playing in the snow as older kiddos.)

As your little one grows, we love Bogs Kids Classics. A sturdier, warmer version of the Baby Bogs, the Classics are completely waterproof, wicking, and comfort rated from temperate to -30°F. They’re simple to pull on and off and available in lots of kid-friendly designs. They’re not cheap, but we found them well worth the price.

Bogs Kids Classic
$79.95, Zappos

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5. The easiest to put on

Parents rave about the ease of the Kamik Snowbug, and for good reason. These boots feature an extra-wide shaft and open a few inches wider on top than most of the other boots we tried, meaning you’re in for a lot less crying during the “I do it myself!” phase—because they’ll actually be able to do it themselves!

The Snowbug also works well for toddlers with wider feet who may have trouble fitting into some of the other styles. These boots have a warm, soft lining, great treads, and are an adorable way to keep tiny feet dry all winter long.

Kamik Snowbug
$42.99, Zappos

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6. Worth the splurge

Ummm do these come in our size? We ? Plae for their innovative construction, creative designs, and kid-friendly features, and these boots are no exception.

Will they set you back a few bucks? Yup. But are they well made, breathable yet toasty warm, waterproof, flexible, and awesomely customizable? You bet. Because of the style—and the price tag—we like these for older kiddos.

Plae Jack Waterproof Customizable
$94.95, Nordstrom

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I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance board

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Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

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