Renovating with Toddler: Work Clothes

When it comes to getting a toddler interested in working with mama and dada, it helps to have special duds for the occasion.  I mean, what kid doesn’t love dress up?!  And Wilder is no exception.  When ever dada puts on his work boots, Wilder dances around, begging to put on his own work boots.  And if we set his Carhartt overalls out, oh man, you had better watch out!  He will drag us out the door to get to work.  Work clothes help get our toddler excited about working, plus they have the added benefit of keeping him dry in the Seattle rain and owee free!  Here’s a rundown of the clothes we’ve found are essential for a work-loving toddler.

Renovating with Toddler: Work Clothes

Carhartt Overalls, Amazon – work pants are essential for a busy toddler, especially when you’re working outside.  These overalls are our favorite – they’re easy on and off and really durable. A good pair of thick jeans would work too.

Rain Coat, K-Way – we found Wilder one of these jackets on clearance at J.Crew last fall.  Since we live in Seattle, a rain coat is an essential kids item, but it really came in handy while we were building the shed this winter.

Flannel Shirt, J.Crew– Wilder has a few flannels he wears while working.  I buy them from J.Crew when I find them on sale because you can’t beat the quality but he also has some handmedowns from his cousin Walty too.  In the summer months, we substitute short sleeve shirts or tank tops for these.

Kids Work Gloves, Home Depot – Wilder loves his work gloves and he shows us by wearing them around the house. All. The. Time!  And when we’re working on projects outside or in, these are perfect for keeping his hands owee free.

Wool Socks, Smartwool – these wool socks are essential when we’re working outside in the rain.  They keep Wilder’s feet dry and warm.  I’ve been wearing (and loving) Smartwools for years, so I was really excited to find they make kids socks too!

Timberland Boots, Zappos – sure, these boots are spendy (I think we paid $65 for them), but they are worth every penny!  These boots keep Wilder’s feet owe free when he’s hanging around the nails, wood, and tools at our construction sites.  We bought the boots extra big so there’s room for Wilder to grow into them plus they’re so durable that they should last for baby #2 too!

Catch part 1 of Renovating with Toddler here.



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Renovating with Toddler: Books

I’ve been asked a lot about renovating with a little one around.  Renovation is hard work and parenting is even harder, so combining the two can be a little confusing, if not downright frustrating at times.  We are still learning how to juggle the two, but we have picked up quite a few tricks during our own renovation journey.  And it is high time I share those tips with you all!  With that in mind, I present to you the Renovating with Toddler series.  This will be a place for me to share tips and products to help get a toddler interested in renovating and keep them safe and entertained while parents get to work.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder in his work boots 22 months 5

Today I’m going to focus on books, since they’re one of Wilder’s favorite things.  We’ve been reading construction books since he was little.  I think books focused on tools and renovating can help foster an interest in kiddos and help them not be afraid of all the loud noises and strange looking tools mom and dad have suddenly gotten excited about.  Books may even help a kiddo get interested in what mama and dada are doing.  Here’s a roundup of some of Wilder’s favorites.

Construction Books for Toddlers

B is for Bulldozer, June Sobel – this is hands down Wilder’s number 1 requested book.  It pairs the alphabet with building a theme park.

The Toolbox, Anne Rockwell, Harlow Rockwell – this is a sweet book about a father’s toolbox.  I’m a sucker for simple, slow books, and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenhel – this classic story probably doesn’t need an introduction.  This one’s all about construction machinery from morning to night and Wilder gobbles it up!

Tap Tap Bang Bang, Emma Garcia – this is the other book Wilder asks to read every night.  It has a run down of tons of common tools and what they’re used for and how they sound.  Wilder LOVES this book!

The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton – okay it might be a stretch to call this one a construction book, but any time you move a house, it’s a pretty big project!  This one is a favorite in our house – it’s a bit slow so we only read it when Wilder is rested and patient, but it’s really sweet!



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