It’s that time of year! Fall is upon us and it’s going to start getting COLD – especially here in Pennsylvania and many other parts of the country. Now’s the time to start thinking about how you’ll continue to babywear outside despite the colder temperatures. It’s completely do-able and I’ve got some tips below to keep you babywearing in cold weather – because babies need snuggled year round!
Tips for Babywearing in Cold Weather
- Wear Layers – Dress both you and your baby in layers. Temperatures can fluctuate, you might get warm from physical activity, or be in and out over a period of time. Being able to remove layers for comfort easily without having to take your baby out of the carrier is a plus! Hats, scarfs, baby legwarmers (great to cover legs from pants that ride up!), gloves, a fleece jacket with a hood for your baby – all make babywearing in cold weather a little easier.
- Be Careful of Overheating – I generally don’t recommend putting a coat on your baby inside the carrier (well, anything heavier than a fleece jacket). Your body warmth will often be enough. It’s important to be aware of your baby’s temperature and add/remove layers (see above) as necessary.
- Put Your Coat on Over Your Baby – While it’s perfectly acceptable to put your coat on first and then put your baby in the carrier – it’s often easier to put your baby in the carrier first and then put your coat on over you both. You’ll get a better fit without much adjusting of your carrier and your baby will get the benefit of your body heat – and your coat! If you have access to a large coat (like your husband’s) you may also be able to zip the coat up over you both!
- Buy a Special Babywearing Coat/Cover/Vest – If you don’t have a coat big enough to zip over your coat, you may want to invest in a special babywearing coat. There’s lots of different versions to choose from.
- Adapt a Coat You Already Have – If you’d rather adapt the coat you already have you can buy a special zip in insert that allows your coat to expand over you and your baby – like the insert that I was sent to review from babyWAWL (pictured below).
If you missed my post earlier in the week, babyWAWL stands for babyWear All Winter Long – and is an attachment that zippers into your coat to make room to carry your baby – allowing you to adapt a coat you already own instead of purchasing an expensive babywearing coat.
The outside is made from gore-tex® – a breathable and water resistant fabric – and the inside is made from polartec® fleece that acts like insulation to keep you and your baby warm. There are a few different versions of the babyWAWL with the main difference being the weight of the fleece. I’m using the babyWAWL Seattle that has 100 weight polartec® fleece which is thinner than the Deluxe version made for the coldest climates.
The babyWAWL is narrow at the bottom and wider at the top to allow plenty of room for your baby’s head. There’s a single zipper on one side that you use to attach it to the side of your coat that doesn’t have the zipper pull. The other side of the babyWAWL has 3 zippers so it’s made to work with coats that use a single or double pull. And it will all work on your coat if your zipper is a YKK vislon size 5. Just look on your zipper to confirm. The babyWAWL works with my winter coat, but not my fall jackets.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t been super cold yet, and I’ve not been able to really put it to the test in cold weather. I can tell you that the design works perfectly though. It connects to my coat easily and both Haley and I were very comfortable with it zipped up. I have no doubts that we’ll both be plenty warm using this when the weather does turn colder. Anything that allows your coat to close over you and your baby is better than having your coat unzipped!
The babyWAWL works with any carrier that you use on your front, but does not yet work for back carries although they’re currently working on producing one that does!
What are your tips for babywearing in cold weather? Have you heard of or tried the babyWAWL yet?
You can purchase the babyWAWL Seattle version, like the one I reviewed, on the babyWAWL website for $44.50. The deluxe version is $49.50. They both come in a variety of colors to suit your style or match your coat.
Don’t forget about the giveaway that was posted earlier this week! You’ve got a chance to win yourself a babyWAWL for every 200 new likes for babyWAWL on Facebook and Twitter – up to 9 babyWAWL’s! And if they reach 2000 new likes combined they’ll give away a babyWAWL Deluxe! So give them a like and a follow and enter HERE!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.