Fit Together Spring Gear Picks for Active Families
Are you planning to get active outdoors with baby this spring? Parents often ask us what gear they may need, so here are a few of our favourites, with a preference for locally owned businesses where possible.
ThinkBaby Sunscreen Stick
Why we like it: This sunscreen is a top choice on the EWG’s “Best Sunscreens for Babies & Kids” list and widely available in Canada. As a zinc-oxide based sunscreen, it’s better for the environment than typical sunscreen and its ingredients present low health risks. The stick format is easy to apply.
Where to buy: Nest Family Centre and major retailers
A soft structured baby carrier
Why we like it: Baby carriers allow families to get out in all types of weather, and onto more types of terrain. It doesn’t matter if there are snowdrifts, puddles, windy days or bumpy paths, you can tackle it with baby snug in the carrier. Many babies also enjoy napping in the carrier, so you can be more flexible about timing. It’s also a wonderful workout 😊. Consider bringing it along for your Fit Together workout if your baby gets restless or likes to be held a lot.
Boba Babywearing Hoodie
Why we like it: Temperatures can fluctuate wildly in spring in Manitoba, so this babywearing hoodie will help keep you and baby cozy on your cool weather walks. You don’t have to worry about their little hands getting cold and the hoodie is reversible for front and back carriers.
Where to buy: Nest Family Centre
MEC Ursus Fleece Suit or similar
Why we like it: These suits can take you from winter to spring. A full body suit will keep your baby warmer than a jacket and pants and is easier to put on and off. Tip: layer under thin, waterproof gear for those chillier, wet days.
Where to buy: Look for Columbia, MEC, North Face or Patagonia brands of fleece or thin polyester bunting suits available at MEC, or the Prairie Summit Shop (North Face). You also may get lucky and find second hand from Once Upon A Child Winnipeg West
Ripcords Resistance band
Why we like it: We use and recommend these high quality resistance bands in our Stroller Fitness classes. We love that they are super long-lasting and strong, and easy to throw in your stroller or bag for a workout on the go.
Thin beanie hat
Why we like it: Our participants recommend these thin hats for that in-between weather, about 0-15 degrees, when it’s too warm for a toque and too cool for a sunhat. They are cute and fashionable, but not too hot. Plus you can often find matching mom & baby designs!
Where to buy:
Waterproof Picnic Blanket
Why we like it: When you have a baby or toddler, you end up sitting on the ground a lot more than you used to! These waterproof picnic blankets are excellent for our outdoor Bootcamp and Stroller Fitness classes when babies want to wiggle next to you. Also great for picnics, play dates and music festivals (one day!).
Where to buy: JJ Cole Outdoor Mat at West Coast Kids or Costco often carries one.
Toddler Balance Bike
Why we like it: Balance bikes are the perfect way to get your toddler into biking on their own. When they master the skill of balancing before pedaling they can learn to bike so much easier. (Aileen's kids were on balance bikes at age 2 and two wheelers with no training wheels at age 4). Plus it makes a wonderful speed-walk for the entire family. Wear your runners!
Where to buy: White Pine Bicycle has some truly adorable ice cream coloured balance bikes this year or your favourite local bike shop.
We hope this list helps you feel more confident getting out with baby and can't wait to see you at our outdoor classes and out on the trails and sidewalks this spring!
Aileen & the Fit Together team