Winter is a perfect time to babywear, keeping your child close to you while you both stay cozy and share the same view of the world. Nothing is sweeter than being able to plant a kiss on a little head, or hand a snack over your shoulder, while walking around.
There can be a few things to remember; from staying comfortably warm, to those annoying zippers, and wearing just enough while still being able to buckle or loop your carrier. The winter tips below will help you and your child babywear comfortably through the next few cold months.
2. Look at the legs. Baby’s pants have a tendency to ride up their legs when placed in a carrier. Choose slightly longer pants, leggings, or socks that can be pulled up a bit to avoid this. Consider a covering vest/wrap as well (see #6).
3. Test out the carrier with your coat.Needing to wear a heavy coat or sweater dramatically increases your width. Check to make sure the carrier still fits around you to avoid standing in the cold adjusting it.
4. Watch for zippers, hoods, and hair. No one likes to be smashed up against a zipper or have a hood in their face. Look and see how the front and back of you look for a little one in that position. Pull up your hair, wear a beanie, and if needed take a small burp cloth to cover where the zipper and their face meet.
6. Get a babywearing vest. Peekaru and CatBird Baby (not paid links) sells these nifty little things that slip over soft baby carriers. Peekaru keeps you both warm, while CatBird covers the baby only.
7. Air. You should always be able to see your baby’s head – don’t zip it completely in a coat or cover with a wrap. Make sure your baby’s chin isn’t touching their chest in a sling.
8. Get it all ready in the car. If you know it’s going to be cold as soon as you get out, lay out your stuff in the back seat/trunk, then put it all on when you get there.
9. Don’t get the baby ready beforehand. Children should never wear coats or large sweaters in their car seats. It places extra air in between their bodies and the straps, which can cause injury during a crash. A blanket works best for a cold car. When you get your stuff on in the back seat at your destination, plan to do the same for them.
10. Check everything often. Legs get cold and stiff, babies can get hot, things slip and slide around. Every so often be sure to check (or have your partner/friend if you are back wearing) to see if your child is still comfortable.
Comfort is key for wearing a child successfully in the cold.
This is a fun time of year to snuggle up and enjoy a little closeness with your baby or toddler. So enjoy every moment of winter babywearing, and feel free to add your tips and suggestions below.