How do I wear my baby in the winter?
Most carriers are very flexible when it comes to winter wearing. You have basically two options:
- Wear baby inside your coat. Put the carrier and baby on before you put your coat on. Pull your coat snugly around you both, making sure baby gets enough air. We found this to be perfect for both errand running (involving a lot of in and out) and for walks outside. I got to keep my baby nice and snug next to me, I knew he was warm enough, and there wasn’t a whole lot of excess bulk. You may need to purchase a coat one size bigger, or borrow from your spouse or significant other, but you don’t need to buy a special babywearing coat. I also know moms who just used a large, warm shawl all winter. 🙂 Depends on how mild your winters are!
- Wear baby outside your coat. Make sure, first, that baby is dressed plenty warmly. Put on your coat, then put on your carrier. Depending on the bulk of your (and baby’s) coats, you might find that your carrier doesn’t fit as well as it used to! Most carriers will be fine, though, unless you have a particularly bulky coat.
- There are now several options for special babywearing coats or ponchos on the market, which can be particularly useful for back carries outside in the winter. We never found one necessary, preferring instead to just slip the child inside my own coat, but many people find them to be really handy.
This is us on a cold, rainy day, but shows how I just pull a regular jacket over both of us even when I have baby on my back. Works great!