How do you and your little one stay warm and dry when you’re babywearing in winter?
Many people are thinking ahead to winter and asking about the best way to keep their baby warm and dry in a sling throughout the winter months.
With small babies, it’s handy to be able to keep them in their sling next to you as you move between the indoors and the outdoors, so I suggest putting them in the sling first, then putting your coat on. This way, you can open your coat or remove it to stop baby overheating when you come inside, and you don’t have to disturb a sleeping baby!
Using a coat a size larger than usual (or borrowing your partner’s coat if they’re bigger than you!) can work well, or if you want to treat yourself, you can buy a coat made for babywearing that has an additional panel. The panel can be zipped in the front or the back, so great as your baby gets older and you move from front to back carries.
If you don’t need a waterproof and are looking for something a bit lighter, there are plenty of babywearing fleeces available – you can even layer them under your waterproof on a wet day.
Remember when carrying a baby under your coat to follow the TICKS guidelines, and ensure that your baby’s face is visible at all times to keep that airway clear.
If you don’t want to invest in a new coat, there are a variety of universal sling covers on the market, ranging from water-resistant basic fleece covers like the Cosy Frog, to waterproof ones such as the Hoppediz 3-in-1. Again, the sling is worn under your coat, and the sling cover fits over your baby and the sling, filling in the gap in your normal coat.
Fancy something a bit more individual? Have a look at these coat extenders by Truly Hooked, you can commission them in any colour and size you like!
A budget option is to tuck a warm baby blanket around the sling to fill in the gap where your coat doesn’t fasten. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can even make a panel for your coat. There are lots of patterns online, like this one for a babywearing fleece panel by Ocah.
Layers are a great way of keeping your baby cosy – these innovative Sling Sleeves from Wemli are designed to be easy to put on or take off when your little one is already in the sling. With the attached hood, they’re great for babies who tend to take their hat off and throw them away! Use them on milder days on their own or under a babywearing cover or coat in winter. Pure luxury in virgin merino wool, but so practical! Baby legwarmers are also great for adding layers.
For toddlers who might want down to walk and up again when they are tired, try wearing your sling over your coat. Puffy snowsuits are often too bulky to be used with a sling or carrier, so these Hoppediz fleece all-in-ones are perfect for the mobile up-and-down child. The legs are cut longer than regular fleece suits so they don’t leave a gap when your child is being carried.
Whatever you choose, have a warm and dry winter, and carry with confidence!