Brrr! The snow is on it's way and you might be wondering how you can keep your baby cosy in the sling as the mercury falls! There are some great articles discussing safe winter babywearing (my favourite is here) but I thought you might like a little look at the winter 'gear' I think is great for babywearing, especially up here in Aberdeen.
1 - JoJo Maman Bebe polarfleece suit.
The thick, padded type snow suits aren't great for using with a sling. It's hard for baby to regulate their temperature, which carries a risk of overheating. They can sometimes prevent baby getting their legs and hips in to an optimal position. So these lovely, soft cosy polar fleece all in ones are a great middle ground. They give the all over cosy cover that you would like from a suit, but allow baby to move freely and not get too toasty!
2- Aiska Babywearing Poncho.
Isn't this gorgeous? Never mind for babywearing, I think I'd like to wear it all the time! There is a huge range and variety of babywearing coats, hoodies, soft shells and fleeces out there to suit all budgets- from £25 to £150+ They usually have holes for the babies head, as well as hoods, and most can be used for back and front carries.
I drove myself mad with my first born trying to find soft shoes/socks that would actually stay on his feet, until I discovered Moccis! They come in a variety of designs, have a soft leather sole (so perfect for tiny toes) and stay on (despite my babies best efforts to get them off) You don't want babies feet to be exposed to the elements, so a pair of soft booties or moccis keeps them toasty!
When I was young, it used to get so cold in the winter, that I would often be found with tights on under my trousers to keep my legs warm on the journey to school. The memory has endured as now I always pop a pair of tights on under M's leggings or jeans just to give her legs that extra little bit of protection from the cold and wind. This pair is from slugs and snails, but you can pick up cheap pairs of tights for as little as £2 from Amazon.
These popped up on my Facebook feed and I immediately ordered a pair! They are dungarees designed to go over your babies clothes (but under any coats) that have thicker material along the length of the lower leg. They also have little stirrup straps that stop the legs from riding up and exposing any bare bits to the cold. You can choose your fabric (I couldn't resist the unicorn) and they are hand made to order.
6- Baby Balaclava
Even with baby dressed warmly, with a hat, their little faces can get cold and a gap at the back of their neck can appear. A baby balaclava solves both these problems - covering their little cheeks and making sure their necks aren't feeling a draught. The one pictured is from Jojo Maman Bebe but there are lots of be found on Etsy. Or if you (or your mum) is handy with a pair of knitting/crochet needles, you could always try making your own!
How have you been keeping warm while babywearing this winter? Have you got a favourite item of winter babywearing 'gear'?