Babywearing in the winter
Winter is nearly upon us again, and I have noticed that I am starting to get a few queries as to what to dress your baby in when you’re out and about. So allow me to list a few points to be aware of when babywearing in the winter:
The reason that we love the AmaWrap so much is that babies are as snuggled to you as they could be. Lots and lots of skin to skin. This also means that you share your body heat. You both have your own personal (and really cute) hot water bottle to snuggle up to while out and about! So because of this…
Remember that while some carriers are worn over coats the AmaWrap is much more comfortable when worn under, so baby will also benefit from the warmth under your coat. Snowsuits could lead to overheating very quickly if also coupled with the wrap, your body heat and your coat. Not only this but if the snowsuit is on the larger side you run the risk of baby falling inside the snowsuit, impeding his breathing. Thick fleece all-in-ones with hoods (as shown in the picture) are wonderful to wear when baby is in any type of sling or car seat.
Most ladies find that their maternity coats provide ample room for baby inside if you want to button it up (and you get a little more wear out of it!) but in all honesty even if you don’t want to button it you will both be warm. You can purchase babywearing coats which will come with a panel which you can add when babywearing, however you may want to bear in mind whether you will be planning to use it next year and the year after before committing to it (unless you tend to buy a winter coat every year, in which case enjoy!)
Use layers instead
Rather than using a snowsuit, which if you needed to take it off you would be left with a rather cold baby dressed for indoor wear, layer your baby up. That way, if you feel like he feels a little warm, you can strip off a layer. Feel free to use a jacket for baby, but not an extra thick coat. Babys legs and head are the only things which may not be protected by the warmth of the wrap, so do ensure that you layer the legs up with tights, fleece stockings, thick bootees, etc and ensure that baby is wearing a hat, as you lose a lot of body heat through your head.
Please do be mindful of your own layers. Ensure that they don’t ride up enough to make baby feel uncomfortable or at worse restrict their airflow, and also be mindful if you are wearing a scarf.
Be aware of your babys breathing
Please do be mindful of your babys airway at all times. Remember to ensure that there is a gap between the chin and chest, and make sure that any scarves that you have on do not affect their airway.
If there is any aspect which you feel has not been covered, feel free to ask and I will add it in!
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