It’s cold outside? It is not a reason to stay home! Long walks are a perfect healthy activity for the whole family. If you don’t want push the stroller through the snow or simply want to continue babywearing in the winter, here are some cold weather babywearing tips for you.
Winter and cold weather babywearing
Once it gets cold many parents are wondering how to keep their baby warm while babywearing.
- Should I put an extra layer of clothing on my baby?
- Should I zip up my coat and put the carrier on over it?
- Should put the baby carrier on under my jacket? If so, should I buy a bigger jacket size to cover me and my baby and should I put on my baby an outerwear?
Those are the questions many parents ask in winter season. In this article our babywearing consultants answer all this questions for you.
How do I keep my baby warm during babywearing?
It's simple keep you baby close to you with no unnecessary clothes layers between you. The advantage of babywearing over a stroller in winter is that you keep you baby warm with your own body heat. To use this adventage you should not put layers between you two. This mean you should not put a jacket, snowsuit or other outerwaer on you little one. Dress your child like yourself.It is important that your baby is comfortable, this is why we recommend you to the Lennylamb Bear Romper.
How to prepare for cold weather babywearing walks?
Having extra layers and clothing on you and your baby can make babywearing challenging. But trust our babywearing consultants, it does not have to be the case!
Babywearing coats cover you and your baby while in a wrap or baby carrier. Having your baby and carrier under your coat will use your body heat to keep your baby warm.
How to dress a baby for babywearing under a babywearing coat?
Dress your baby as warm as you are dressed. Remember that a wrap or a carrier is an additional layer of clothing and you will be dressed in the babywearing coat. We recommend you to wear wool clothing, as wool absorbs moisture, keeps you dry and warm. Don’t forget to protect the baby’s head, hands and legs from cold.
It is not essential to have a babywearing coat to practice babywearing in winter. If you don’t wish to spend too much you can also choose a bit less expensive option. You can keep your usual coat (or your a jacket) and buy a babywearing cover that will protect baby from the cold and make the link between the two parts of your coat. A babywearing cover attaches to a baby carrier and is equipped with a hood. There are many different brands of babyaearing covers available, we recommend you the following:
- Naturiou Babywearing Softshell Cover
- Néobulle Universal Babywearing Cover V2
- Lucky Babywearing Cover
- Ergobaby Winter Weather Cover
The advantage over the babywearing coat or a sweatshirt is that you can use it to keep your baby warm while staying cool wearing only a T-shirt. This is useful if you are hiking and you are worm but not your little one.
How to dress a baby for babywearing with a regular coat (with no babywearing option) ?
Turtlenecks for two is a great addition to a babywearing cover. It protects the space between the caregiver and the baby from cold and wind.
Newborn and small baby wearing in cold winter weather
We recommend wearing newborn and little babies (under 3 month) only under the coat. It is essential to provide the correct babywearing position for the babies who can’t support their head. It is very difficult to wrap a baby tight on the coat. In our opinion even with older babies, wearing under the coat is the best choice. However, lots of toddler like walks, when they can run and play. When their legs start getting tired, they want to be carried in this case best option is babywearing cover.
Winter babywearing : Tips for how to wear your baby in cold weather
- If you go out with a toddler who knows how to walk, don’t forget to take a jacket in case your little one wants to stretch the legs.
- If you carry with regular coat avoid the thick baby snow-suits and thick outwear as it makes very difficult to adjust the baby carrier. Choose comfortable, soft clothing like for example LennyLamb Hooded Baby Bear Romper.
Winter babywearing safety rules
- Keep your baby’s airways clear: your baby’s face should be always uncovered.
- You should always be able to see your baby’s face at simply glancing down.
- Always use a hat, mittens and shoes. Head, hands and legs need additional layer of clothing as they are not covered by wrap or carrier.
- Keep in mind that a wrap or carrier is an additional layer of fabric on the baby and caregiver is also the source of heat. Do not overheat the baby.
- Avoid slippery surfaces and choose appropriate shoes for winter walks to avoid falling down.
Now you are ready for winter walks! You wish you amazing adventures and lots of discoveries! Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about babywearing in the cold winter wearher.
Important: Babywearing coats and sweatshirts as well as covers are not products that may carry the baby's weight. They simply protect your baby from cold while babywearing. You need a baby wrap or carrier to use them.