Mind The Gap And A Winter Apparel Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. Dawn is our winner!! Here’s what she had to say, “My son goes to a waldorf school and spends hours outdoors in all kinds of weather, this would be perfect for him!”. Congratulations Dawn!

When I think of cold outdoor activities with my kids the first thing that pops into my mind are those lovely moments when I’m digging snow out of their boots, fixing their gloves or adjusting their coat which keeps creeping up their back side. It’s a blast. I’m sure most of you can relate to the joy of it all.

Those uncomfortable cold moments undoubtedly take away from your child’s experience, not to mention yours as well. But I have a solution for all those uncomfortable outdoor moments…Mind The Gap.

The gaps on your child’s winter clothing, at their wrists, waist, ankles and neck are the achilles heel of a successful outdoor adventure. So take the “Mind The Gap” approach when prepping. Use gear that helps cover the gaps and stays in place.

4 Keys To Dressing Your Kids For Winter Fun

  1. Ankles – Use pants that connect in some way to the shoe. Ducksday has stirrups on their rain/snowsuits that keep the pant leg down and water/snow out.
  2. Waist – The “less is more” approach is true when it comes to outdoor attire for little ones. Rather than having pants and a coat, go for a full body suit, like the Ducksday rain/snowsuit. There’s never a worry of wrestling a coat down or digging snow out of their britches.
  3. Wrists – When gloves don’t meet up with the sleeve of a coat my kids turn into cranky pants. Look for long (forearm length) gloves, like these Snowstoppers, that can be placed under the sleeve of a coat.

There are also lots of undergarments that have integrated thumb holes on the sleeve that keep sleeves from creeping up. And keep sensitive bare skin dry and happy.

    4. Neck – Even though their ears may be covered in a cozy hat and their bodies nice and toasty in good gear, a bare neck can ruin a fun activity, windy chairlift rides come to mind. Look for apparel with high zip necks with soft inner material. An adjustable integrated hood makes a world of difference too. The Ducksday rain/snowsuit features both. For even more protection the soft fleece turtle furs are nice.

I discovered Ducksday in January in a tiny booth in the corner of the Outdoor Retail Show. I was impressed right away with the look and quality of their items, so much so that I added them to my latest and greatest list. Unfortunately the gal I talked to said that their line wasn’t even available in the U.S., that is until now! Ollie And Stella, children’s outfitters, now supply U.S. residents with Ducksday wear and it’s simply because they found it so helpful with their own kids that they found a way to bring it to the US to share with everyone else!

What I love most about the Ducksday rainsuit is that it’s NOT BULKY. It’s not like Ralphie’s experience…”I can’t put my arms down!”. My son has full range of motion with his suit on. So basically he can run circles around me. The suit is also windproof, waterproof and breathable. With bonus sealed zippers and reflective strips you can’t go wrong.

Ducksday also has fleece jumpsuits that go under the rainsuits. I gave you a peek at those here. They are so cozy and cute that it’s a part of my sons everyday attire now. Check out Tales Of A Mountain Mama and read her take on Ducksday appparel.

Here’s a short video so you can get a better idea of what the suit looks like in motion…


Ducksday & Snowstoppers have kindly teamed up with us today to giveaway a rain/snowsuit and a pair of mittens or gloves to one of you nature minded moms and pops, so your kiddo can go faster and further than you this winter. This is a $90 value peeps!!!

Here’s How To Enter:

1.) Leave a comment here telling us what winter activity your kiddo will be using the Ducksday rain/snowsuit and Snowstopper gloves for.

2.) For an extra entry “Like” the Ducksday Facebook page and leave an additional comment here telling us you did.

3.) For another chance “Like” the Snowstoppers Facebook page and leave an additional comment here telling us you did.

It’s that easy! This giveaway ends Sunday October 21st. The winner will be chosen using Randomizer.org. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

I hope I’ve given you some insights into better winter apparel that will help you and yours have a more enjoyable time recreating outside in the coming months.


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Shawna is passionate about getting kids outside, a pro at procrastinating laundry day and an advocate of impromptu road trips. She's been in the recreation industry for 18 years.

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19 Responses

  1. I’d love to give them a shot while skiing. I think it would be a perfect solution for providing more movement while layering to exactly what the weather is like underneath.
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  2. Of course I like Ducksday…you weren’t the only one eyeing them since OR!
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  3. Sarah says:

    I’d love to use a ducksday rain suit on my little one as he goes sledding and makes snow angels!

  4. lori says:

    Our mittens are a perfect complement to this article! How about adding a SnowStoppers giveaway?

    Check out our website and facebook page for more information on our patented SnowStoppers® mittens, gloves, and eMitts.

    The SnowStoppers® sleeve STOPS the SNOW from getting between the coat and mitten, and they DON’T FALL OFF!

  5. lori says:


  6. lace says:

    Building snow forts and rolling around in the snow and tromping through the winter woods. They love being outside in the snow.

  7. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the great info on wet/ cold weather gear! I “liked” both the DucksdayUSA and Snowstoppers pages! Count me in for 3 chances!! :)

  8. Sarah says:

    We are a skiing family and it will be my 18 month olds first time. This would be perfect for him!!!

  9. I would definitely like to wade in the puddles for the raining season and the snow days we get occassionally. (yes.4eva.r@gmail.com)

  10. i like ducks day on facebook
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  11. i like snowstoppers on facebook
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  12. Michael says:

    Playing in the rain, of course!

  13. Dawn says:

    my son goes to a waldorf school and spend hours outdoors in all kinds of weather, this would be perfect for him!

  14. Dawn says:

    liked the facebook page also for ducks day

  15. Dawn says:

    liked the facebook page also for snowstoppers

  16. Lia Keller says:

    In the suit, they could ice fish and not get soaking wet! The gloves would also let us fish a bit longer as cold fingers often have us packing up early!
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  17. Lia Keller says:

    I like the ducksday facebook page!
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  18. Maybe we’ll try some rafting in it and really put it to the test (on something mild of course). Who knows!
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  19. Nice info sharing is caring,.. :) you mind if I’m sharing this?

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