How to wear your baby in cold weather and winter

Posted by Laurel McCarthy | 21.07.2013
Cold Weather and Winter Babywearing

Yes, it’s cold outside, but that’s no reason you can’t wear your baby! In fact, using a baby carrier is a great way to keep both you and your baby warmer when the temperature drops. Trust me, your child is going to be much happier (not to mention warmer) snuggled up with you than stuck in a stroller, no matter how many blankets you pile on.

If you’re ready to try babywearing in the cold and wet, here are the Sling Lady’s tips for keeping you and your baby warm in your baby carrier when it’s cold outside.

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Choose the right baby carrier

Any baby carrier will add an extra layer of warmth and weather protection for your child.  We do recommend carriers with some adjustability – this allows you to get truly comfortable if you’re wearing a few extra layers.  all have the ability to adapt to thick sweaters and coats.

Choose a carrier that is easy to get on an off. You’ll want to be able to pop baby out quickly if s/he gets unhappy.

**Our favorite carriers for cold weather babywearing are stretchy wraps (like the Wrapsody Hybrid) for newborns and buckle carriers for bigger kids. **

Buckle carriers are awesome for cold weather wearing.  They are fast and easy to use, and they don’t have dragging straps like a meh dai/wrap.

We also love ring slings, especially super cozy ring slings like the Sakura Bloom Theory.  It is soft and blankety and feels almost like cashmere!

For infants, we love a stretchy wrap like the Moby or Wrapsody Stretch-Hybrid  because they are warm and snuggly and baby can curl up a little more instead of being splayed out on your chest.  A stretchy wrap can be pre-tied at home. Then you just need to pop baby in, and go.

Dress yourself and baby appropriately for the cold weather

  • Dress your child as you would yourself, then add a warm hat and socks/shoes. Don’t pile on tons of layers on your Gray Boba Hoodie|Boba Baby Carrier Hoodie|Cold Weather Babywearingchild, as this can cause baby to overheat.
  • BabyLegs are a nice light extra layer to keep baby’s arms or legs warm, particularly if baby’s sleeves or pantlegs are pulled up by the carrier position.
  • If you are concerned about baby’s toes getting cold, consider placing some handwarmer packets into the feet of baby’s snowsuit (making sure they they don’t directly touch the skin)
  • The simplest way to carry your baby in inclement weather
    is to put your child in a sling or carrier in your front, then put a roomy coat on over both of you. Be sure that there is adequate airflow around your baby’s head when you wear baby this way, and periodically check your baby as well.
  • If you don’t have a coat that will cover both of you adequately, there are several babywearing coats and vests on the market that you might want to consider.  Boba’s Babywearing Hoodie is a lightweight option for cooler weather but you’d want something warmer for very cold temps.
  • Another option is to wear your regular clothing for yourself and cover the baby and the carrier with a weather cover to keep her/him toasty and dry. Catbird Baby and Ergobaby both offers fleece baby carrier cold weather covers as well as water resistant covers. Weather covers bundle your baby from head to toe, with an elasticized foot pocket to keep little legs warm. You can snap a weather cover onto the straps of most two-shoulder carriers, including mei tais and soft-structured carriers, with children from newborn through toddler age. Many people also use them successfully with wraps. Ergobaby makes two weather covers (one is fleece and the other is water-resistant fabric) that can be worn separately or snapped together the ultimate in cold/wet weather protection. Shop Baby Carrier Weather Covers

Additional cold/wet weather babywearing tips from our readers!

We asked our Facebook fans for their suggestions for keeping warm and dry in inclement weather. Some of their suggestions:

  • Prep as much as possible ahead of time: wrap the moby, get the rails tight on your ring sling, or snap the waist belt of the Ergo. This will get the baby in faster. (Becky)
  • If shopping, either park near the door or by the cart corral to save yourself some time in the weather. (Becky)
  • Get a big umbrella! (Alicia)
  • Put baby into the carrier while you’re still in the car. It makes things so much faster! (Charlotte)
  • When it’s raining, I borrow my husband’s rain coat and wear it over both me, the baby and our carrier. It keeps us warm and dry! (Tara Elizabeth)
  • A big, cozy, wrap-around sweater helps when it’s cold. (Felicia)
  • I have a Suze’s KinderCoat that I absolutely love. I’ve hiked my 15 mo old daughter around Northern Europe in lots of wet weather and we both were toasty and dry in our carrier coat. (Christine)
  • I have a ergo and bought a jacket large enough to wear around both of us! (Andrea)
  • Walk fast!  (Laura)
  • Baby Legs under pants, over arm sleeves, just about anywhere, lol. Layers, layers, layers and extra changes of clothes. Also, a pair of baby legs for mom’s/dad’s arms so if your arms get cold you don’t have to take baby off. (Tiffany)
  • In the cold, I don’t go anywhere without my peekaru! (Julianne)
  • Our thin Wrapsody Breeze wrap allows my coat to go over us both easily. Thin layers are much better than thick ones for my little over heater.(Hollie)
  • I prefer to use a ssc (buckle carrier) in the cold so I can pop him in super fast. (Sadie)
  • I put a kid’s coat in a few sizes too big over the outside of the sling then over my babe’s arms. (Beth)

Stay warm out there! And speaking of warm, click here to read our suggestions for wearing your baby in hot weather and the water!

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