We interrupt this regularly scheduled program...
...to talk about Finnish snow pants.
The snow pants here are fan-freaking-tastic. No wonder why I see parents at the park with their little ones (as young as 1 or 2) on even the coldest, snowiest days. With Finnish snow pants, there's no getting wet and certainly no getting cold.
I brought a pair of hand-me-down snow pants for Lily and on the first outing, I realized that they were just not going to do the trick in the wet, heavy snow. So the next day, we ventured out to our local mall and made an investment in snow pants for Lily.
(It has snowed at some point during the day every day since we arrived in Helsinki. Usually, the temperature is in the high 20s. There are probably 8 inches of snow on the ground right now.)
Finnish children wear snow pants all the time. Now that we have them, I put snow pants on Lily every time we go out too.
Here's what I mean:
There are these great adjustable suspenders that are removable for washing.
They are high-waisted, so snow can't get up through your coat and down through the pants. Plus, there are elastic adjustments on the inside of the waist (a plus for my skinny Minny). They are roomy so jeans don't bunch up when you put your legs inside.
The bottom of the pants have straps so that they stay inside the boots. There is an inner pant leg to tuck inside the boot and a wider pant leg that goes on the outside of the boot and then Velcros tightly around the boot. No snow in the boots!
Reflectors on the pants add an extra bit of safety on those dark walks to school.
Most of all, they are waterproof and WARM. Lily has never once complained about being cold!
Now, who wants me to bring a pair of Finnish snowpants home for their little one?