Today I purchased S’s first “snow suit”. I know I’m crazy and that it is only September, but I do have an explanation for my madness. For the past oh, month or so, I have been mildly obsessing about a snow suit for S. I know the day will come when daycare says, “Oh, and tomorrow be sure to bring her snowpants because we’re going outside to play.” I have visions of this request coming smack-dab in the middle of the workweek when I would have no possible way to hunt down a snow suit overnight, so I am making it my mission NOT be the unprepared mommy this time and be able to shrug off the sneaky daycare worker’s request come mid-January and calmly reply, “Oh, a snowsuit?…yawn…Sure, no problem.”
In my quest to find a snow suit for S, I was searching for the following criteria: Size/fit (no idea what size she should wear in a snowsuit, different company’s sizing, sizing up since it isn’t actually WINTER yet, etc.), Comfort/warmth (I wanted something that would keep her warm and dry), quality (no wimpy snow suits please!) and price (something that had the previous three qualities and yet still allow us to put some presents under the tree for S this year). The latter was my biggest hangup with these pint-sized snowsuits…they are so darn expensive! I mean, $100 plus for something she will wear maybe 3 times this winter? Come on! This doesn’t even include boots, hats or gloves!
After searching countless stores on the internet, I was finally clued in that Shopko, of all places, had some pretty cute and very reasonably priced snow suits on sale. So, today I was out running errands and since I was going by Shopko anyway, I stopped in to take a look. Sure enough, they had 3 racks of toddler-sized jackets, snowpants and jacket/snowpant combo sets. And they were all 40% off! Now, I’m not sure the Shopko brand is even comparable to the Columbia duraguard-fleece blend-polartec-wind-water-hail-tornado-proof-whatever else jackets they have on the market, but the Shopko brand looked and felt warm, soft, fuzzy and the label said they were water-resistant. So, I went ahead and picked one out. I felt a little funny carrying my prized, prefectly-priced SNOW SUIT to the check-out when it was a balmy 70 degree, sunny day outside, but got over it quickly when I saw my total on the screen (I also used the self-checkout feature for the first time…whooo whoo, the excitement abounds). $40. Now I’ll have some extra cash to complete her winter-wonderland ensemble with some boots, a hat and some gloves. Of course, I tried it on her when I got home. Doesn’t she look cute??
I think it’s a keeper, except I will be exchanging it for a 24 month size given that she likely won’t be wearing it for another 3 months or so and this one was just getting snug. I don’t think I can use the self-checkout for exchanges…darn.