Getting Ready for Winter
Autumn and winter are especially wonderful times for babywearing. Even though it’s perfectly great in summer, there’s just something snug and comforting about bundling up and stepping out into a chilly day together.
The game changes with the season, though, so here’s some tips for wearing that baby through the colder months.
Strap baby over your indoor clothes and wear a large coat over you both
Rather than face the hassle and discomfort of strapping up over a bulky coat, then undoing the whole shebang when you get indoors, choose a coat that’s a size or so too large and wear it over both of you. In this way, you share body heat and can unbutton and remove your outwear as you normally would.
Don’t rug up baby too much
She won’t be getting too much of your bodyheat if you’re both rugged up, but there’s still the potential for overheating, especially if you’re indoors for more than a few minutes. It’s best to dress light and use your coat or a shawl over both of you.
Use mittens, leggings and a hat to keep extremities warm
Hats, mittens and leg-warmers are easily put on and taken back off, so use them to keep those legs and hands warm. If you’re using a soft structured carrier, this is especially important. Even if your baby’s body and limbs are warm, however, winds or chilly air can hurt delicate ears, so make sure you have a hat handy.
Use a front-carry position more often
If you’re a big fan of the back-carry, you might want to swap over to a front-inward or outward position so you can keep a closer eye on your baby. You’ll be able to monitor her breathing and responses or see if she’s getting hot and bothered much more easily.
A ring sling might work better than a structured carrier
If your child is still quite small, using a ring sling or wrap might work better because you have the option to use the loose ends as an extra layer. You might also choose a warmer fabric mix to add a bit of extra snuggle.