Oh, Mittens! 8 Pairs of Problem-Solving Mittens
You didn’t even realize that you had a problem with mittens until you read this, right? But, they can kind of be buggers, especially when it comes to your kids wearing them. Mittens get lost, are hard to put on, won’t stay on once you get them on, and on and on and on. It’s enough to have parents crying, “Oh, Mittens!” all winter long. These eight pairs of mittens will make you change your tune and will easily keep the little hands warm and dry in your house this year. Now, the only problem you’re going to have is which mitten-issue to solve first!
1. For kids who think they’re already wearing mittens… because they have “paws”
Meow! Or, should we say, RAAR! For your little guy or gal who is constantly crawling around the house pretending to be a lion/tiger/bear/animal-of-the-moment, these mittens will rock their paws. These are technically Pro Fleece Lion Paw Mittens ($13, GAP) and we’re pretty sure that they’ll get worn inside as much as they do outside.
2. For your frost-bitten stroller-pushing hands
We thought we’d sneak in a pair for mom and dad while we were at it. Raise your freezing hand if you always forget to put on gloves before you leave the house for a walk and then end up with red, wet, cold hands from pushing the stroller. These Stroller Mittens ($50) by Haypenny Designs hook onto the handle of your stroller and have mittens that let you wrap your hands around the handle to keep you warm while strolling. Some include a little zippered pocket for your keys or some coffee cash as well.
3. For keeping close and keeping warm at the same time
If you still have kiddos who will hold your hand, you’ll be smitten over Smittens ($34, Uncommon Goods). Each set includes a mitten for cozy hand-holding and two extra mittens for your outside hands. They can easily fit adults or kids, thanks to the elastic around the cuff of the mittens.
4. For the tiniest of mitten-wearers
Babies need mittens too… but keeping mittens on a baby is about as easy as keeping mittens on a, well, on a baby. The kids’ gear brand, 7 A.M. Enfant ($18) makes mittens a breeze – they’ve figured out a simple, but effective design to keep mittens on those tiny and squirmy little hands. The mittens go on, you use the big Velcro tab to secure them and you can kiss cold baby hands and chasing after mittens goodbye.
5. For when mittens get in the way
Mittens are super awesome, until you’re trying to go across the monkey bars. Sigh. It’s so hard to stay warm and have fun these days! Fingerless Mittens ($20, Etsy) to the rescue! For kids who are constantly tugging their mittens off so that they don’t miss a minute of fun, these are a great way to go. They won’t keep their hands as warm as a full-blown mitten, but hey, we’ll take what we can get, right, parents? Each pair is made-to-order and customizable.
6. For keeping the snow away
What’s cool? Mittens. What’s not cool? Getting snow up your arm because your mittens aren’t long enough. Snowstoppers ($16) are like a dream come true if you’re heading out to play in the snow and looking for mittens that won’t stop the fun early, check them out. Besides being practical (we won’t tell your kids!), they also come in a ton of bright colors, in sizes that fit babies and adults and in fleece as well as nylon.
7. For the mittens that always seem to get lost
Mittens get lost so often that there’s even a song about it. We suppose those were kittens that lost those mittens, but parents know that mittens are right up there with socks in the dryer when it comes to getting misplaced. It’s harder to find mittens with strings than you would think, unless you are looking for infant mittens, but these Hand-Knit Mittens ($30, Our Green House via Amazon) are worth the search. They’re also available in red and blue stripes.
8. For preventing mitten mistakes
At most homes, all of the winter gear tends to get mixed up – hats, scarves, gloves, and boot socks – all thrown together in one big bin next to the front door or thrown on the ground to be dug through the next time you leave the house. And, as a result, there is sure to be a brawl or two about which mitten is whose. Problem solved with Personalized Initial Mittens ($15, Etsy). Each kiddo can pick their own color, and then add their first initial to be knitted into the top of the mitten. Unfortunately, this won’t solve the mitten mistakes if you happened to give your kids all names that start with the same letter. Sorry!
What are the mitten favorites in your house? Share your mitten solutions in the comments below!
– Katie Kavulla