Advice on Winter Clothes

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We live in Australia, so we are not used to very cold winters here at all. This Christmas, we are going to Europe for a month with our toddler. So, I'm wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to what winter clothes I will need for my 18 month old. As for shoes, are there special winter shoes or are normal sneakers ok? Do they keep their feet warm enough?
I will need to buy clothes online, because here I'd need to go to a specialty store, and they are really expensive with very little range (almost nothing for little kids). Can anyone recommend a good online store with reasonable prices that ships overseas?

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Danielle - posted on 09/30/2010

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Well I'm Canadian so I know all about harsh winters. You'll need a winter parka, snow pants, boots, a warm tuque (hat), mittens, and a scarf. You can also buy long johns (long underwear) for your 18 month old to wear under his clothes if you plan on spending a lot of time outside.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. Yes, we are going to visit family, but we won't see them for the first few days, so they can't buy us clothes. Also, I'm trying to take advantage of the strong Aussie dollar right now, and hopefully score a bargain that way too.

Elaura - posted on 09/29/2010

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When I lived in Alaska this was what we wore in the winter. Gloves, hats, sweaters, jackets, snow boots, even a snow suit, ear muffs. Better to have the child too warm then they can take the clothes off. Layers are always good as well.

Marcy - posted on 09/28/2010

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Are you going to visit family in Europe? If so, I would ask them to purchase for you and just pay them back. We live in California and whenever I go back to the East Coast to visit family I borrow clothing, car seats etc. However, if you aren't visiting you will need warm clothing and the best advise I can give you in layering. At a minimum you will need waterproof boots, warm jackets, gloves, hats and scarfs. If there is going to be snow you should get snow pants. Check out ebay its your best bet. Find an online store on ebay with free shipping.....good luck.

Meilan - posted on 09/28/2010

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Hi there! I live in Europe (Belgium) and I can tell you that just normal sneakers won't do it.
We have warm winter boots for our daughter for normal walking. And snow boots for the snow.
She also wears a very very warm jacket, woolen gloves, hat and scarf. Depending on how cold it is (last year we hit -10°C) she wears a a vest over her regular clothes. Under her clothes she wears a longsleeved romper suit.
It's true, climates CAN be very different, but that's not always the case. Last year Spain also got meters of snow over them and very very cold temp. So I think it's best to be ready for a bad winter. You can always downsize the clothing once you're here.
I know www.next.co.uk ship to New-Zealand for 7.5USD. I'm not sure about Australia, though. They have very nice and affordable stuff, so you might want to check that out.

Hope this helps X

Erin - posted on 09/28/2010

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I live in the US in the state of South Dakota. We get huge drifts of snow and some days, the high is below freezing. Where are you going in Europe? I've never been to Europe, but you'll get different winter climates in different countries. If you're going to someplace with snow and want to let your LO play in it for some time, I would recommend getting some snow boots. Otherwise, if it's going to be just some walking to and from buildings, stick with the sneakers. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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P.S. What my little one is wearing in my profile picture is what I'd usually put on him for a really cold day here, I'm guessing that's not going to cut it for a proper winter.

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