Carrying in the autumn/winter in the UK
Babywearing is a great way to get outside and enjoy the autumn and winter seasons with your baby, but it can be tricky to know how to dress them appropriately to keep them (and you) warm and comfortable.
How to dress your baby for babywearing in autumn/winter
The key to dressing your baby for babywearing in autumn/winter is to dress them in layers. Lots of thin, breathable layers. This way, you can easily adjust their clothing depending on the temperature and activity level.
Here is a sample outfit for a baby in a baby carrier in autumn/winter:
- Base layer: Long or short-sleeved bodysuit
- Mid layer: Thin top or jumper and leggings
- Outer layer: Thin cardigan or lightweight, roomy all in one (no padding)
- Accessories: Hat, mittens, socks, leg warmers and booties
If you're going to be doing a lot of walking, you may want to add a layer of insulation, such as a thermal bodysuit and leggings. You can also use a babywearing coat or jacket to keep both you and your baby warm.
Here are a few more tips for dressing your baby for babywearing in autumn/winter:
- Choose natural, breathable fabrics, such as wool, cotton, and bamboo. These fabrics will help to wick away moisture and keep your baby comfortable.
- Avoid bulky clothing. Bulky clothing can make it difficult to get a good fit in your baby carrier and can also be uncomfortable for your baby.
- Cover your baby's head, ears, hands, and feet. These are all areas where heat can easily escape.
- Check your baby's temperature regularly to make sure they are not too hot or too cold.
- Always ensure their airway is clear especially as you start to add winter accessories and layers. Ensure there is plenty of space around their mouth and nose for oxygen to flow effectively.
Babywearing coats and jackets
Babywearing coats and jackets are a great way to keep both you and your baby warm and comfortable while babywearing in autumn/winter. These coats and jackets are typically designed to fit over a baby carrier and have features such as extra insulation, hand warmer pockets, and hoods that can be pulled up over your baby's head.
Choosing a babywearing coat or jacket
When choosing a babywearing coat or jacket, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Fit: The coat or jacket should fit comfortably over your baby carrier and allow you to move freely.
- Insulation: The coat or jacket should have enough insulation to keep you and your baby warm in the cold weather.
- Features: Consider what features are important to you, such as hand warmer pockets, a hood, and a water-resistant fabric.
Popular babywearing coats and jackets in the UK
Here are a few popular babywearing coats and jackets in the UK:
- Wombat Babywearing Coat
- Mamalila Softshell Coat
- George Maternity Coat
Babywearing accessories for autumn/winter
In addition to a babywearing coat or jacket, there are a few other accessories that can be helpful for babywearing in autumn/winter:
- Babywearing cover: A babywearing cover is a waterproof or windproof cover that can be used to protect your baby from the elements.
- Leg warmers: Leg warmers can be used to keep your baby's legs warm and cosy.
- Booties: Booties are a great way to keep your baby's feet warm and dry.
- Hat and mittens: A hat and mittens are essential for keeping your baby's head and hands warm.
Babywearing in autumn/winter: tips and tricks
Here are a few tips and tricks for babywearing in autumn/winter:
- Dress in layers: This way, you can easily adjust your clothing depending on the temperature and activity level.
- Take breaks: If you start to overheat, take a break from babywearing and let you and your baby cool down.
- Be aware of the signs of overheating: Signs of overheating in babies include sweating, flushed cheeks, and rapid breathing.
- Choose the right baby carrier: Some baby carriers are better suited for autumn/winter use than others. Seek advice from a babywearing consultant if you are unsure about anything. Here at Bronwyn's Baby we have a babywearing consultant in store during opening hours (Tuesday to Saturday). Pop in or head to the contact us page to ask any queries you might have.
- Plan your walks: If you're going to be doing a lot of walking, plan your route so that you can take breaks in warm places, such as shops or cafes. There are so many beautiful walks in and around our local area in Somerset, UK that are inaccessible using a pram or buggy. Break them up with stops at our lovely local pubs and cafes in and around.
If you need any support with babywearing or want to borrow one of carriers or slings for your next adventure please pop into our High Street shop in Wells, Somerset. We also have a range of baby carriers and slings from popular, trusted brands including but not limited to:
Babywearing is a great way to enjoy the autumn and winter seasons with your baby. By following these tips, you can keep your baby warm and comfortable while babywearing.