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Please excuse my naivete. I'm relocating to the Boston 'burbs in late April. I am a Floridian who has been living in NC for the past 9 years. I have no idea what (if anything) special I'll need clothing wise for myself and my kids this time of year. The weather in Charlotte is mild for the most part and our clothes match that. If it's super cold we just suck it up for a few days and tend to stay indoors more. We don't own clothes specifically for snow or rain.

Do you think I need to invest in anything particular to get us through until summer? My kids are 5, 20 mths and a new baby due early June. We are some thin blooded people.

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Might want some rain boots for the kids and a light jacket (like fleece). It will be relatively mild by the end of April but still spring is the rainy season and boots are useful to go outside!

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April is spring for sure. I don't think it will get much below 40 if it's a normal year.
A hint for next winter if you are "thin blooded"
I recommend long underwear, it makes a huge difference. I buy my kids wool which is expensive but you only need 1-2 shirts really and they are happy and toasty all winter. I wear silk and paired with a nice wool sweater can keep the thermostat a lot lower. I buy them at palumba.com and I bought them each a long sleeve and a short sleeve shirt and pants but they almost never wear the pants. They might be on sale now if you're interested.
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Ooh, what burb are you moving to? Hope it's near me!

We have some great consignment stores for kids here so even if you need something that you don't have, you can pick it up cheaply.

I think as long as you have some long pants, long sleeved shirts, and jackets or sweaters, you should be fine.

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luckily by April things are warming up a bit. But for next year, I suggest everyone have a nice set of long johns/long underwear (non scratchy) to wear for an extra layer of warmth. I am used to cold weather but still am always freezing, I tend to wear my long john pants under my jeans/pants a lot of the time in the winter. I do this for my daughter too. It really helps!

good luck with your move!

(I just saw someone else suggested this but I'm going to leave this anyway)
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Ooh, what burb are you moving to? Hope it's near me!

We have some great consignment stores for kids here so even if you need something that you don't have, you can pick it up cheaply.

I think as long as you have some long pants, long sleeved shirts, and jackets or sweaters, you should be fine.
We haven't locked in a location yet. We're still trying to confirm a move date and then we'll find a place to rent. We're hoping to end up in the Newton, Wellesley, Needham area at first and then will house hunt this time next year when we know the area better.

Thanks for all the feedback! I'll definitely have to hit up the consignment stores. I hate investing $$$ in stuff that they grow out of by the next year!
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Just wanted to comment that at my local TJ Max all the kids winter coats are only $5 on clearance! They're nice coats too One I got for next year for my 3 year old came with a matching hat & scarf.

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I moved to RI from San Diego in early May 2007...and, although I grew up in MA, i didn't have a lot of stuff left--gladly gave it all away when I headed off to the tropics! My son was about 9 months old at the time, and we didn't buy anything special for ourselves or him to prepare for the late spring weather (our sweatshirts & windbreakers were fine). When fall & winter rolled around we bought weather-appropriate clothing, but we were fine until then. That would give you a chance to get a feel for things, and to find some good kids' seconhand stores, before you buy a bunch of stuff in preparation. Good luck with your relocation!

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Land's End is currently having a sale on ski pants, boots, jackets for kids and I was considering going ahead and ordering stuff off season to save $$. Is that a good company to look to for winter gear or are their other places that are better?

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Land's End is fabulous for winter gear! We buy sale stuff from there all the time. (they sell Land's End at Sears.)

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We have Lands Ends boots for the girls. Great Quality. I like their stuff in general, on the other hand they will grow out of it in one season, so it doesn't have to last forever, thus I go with the $5 TJ Max jackets

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We moved here from NC too! Last year, we had a really long spring, and it was still in the 50s in June. Just so you know!
I second the long johns. We all wear them, although we wear the pants more than the shirts. Def a necessity.
Rain gear is a must - a decent rain coat and rain boots will make your life much easier. And a rain cover for your stroller, if you use one.
I think probably whatever you use now as your winter coats will suffice here for the rest of spring.
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Although end of April is spring and it can be warm and May can be hot, there is still a chance of freezing temperatures until end of May.

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