My 17 month old is absolutely afraid of the snow. We've been working on it because I *need* to get out of the house, and since we don't have a car, there's a lot of walking/sledding involved. Im in Minnesota, we've already received close to 3 feet of snow.
He starts screaming the minute I take out his snow suit (but he's fine when i grab his fleece, which he knows means we're going to take a cab somewhere!) He loved the snow the first time he saw/touched it, but he's been afraid ever since.
I've let him play with the snowsuit indoors, he's worn it for short periods in the house and things were getting better. I've been taking him outside, keeping him in my arms, letting him get used to the snow slowly. We hang out in areas that have pretty much been cleared, there's only a little bit of snow left on the ground.
I thought he was getting better, until his dad took him outside today (I was on the phone and told them i would catch up in a minute). DH forgot DS was afraid of the snow and put him down like he would do indoors. No problem, for the first 10 seconds. Then DS tries to take a step and falls face first into the snow bank. His whole head was in the snow and he couldn't get up on his own, DH fished him out pretty quickly. Needless to say, he's been absolutely terrified of the snow after that. Even sitting on the snow free porch, on my lap, was not an option.
I feel bad for DS, he's had such a scare... but i dont know how to help him get over his fear so that we can continue to have a life between now and april!