Keeping a baby warm and safe in winter isn’t always easy. You want them to be warm and comfortable but not too hot, especially in the car. Moving from the car to the outside is also tricky. Bulky clothing isn’t good for car seats but you want the baby to be warm outside.
Different things work for different people and babies obviously aren’t all the same. One of my children would never keep any kind of hat on past a certain age while the others loved them. The same with mittens and gloves.
Here are my top tips for keeping babies warm in winter which have worked for me in the past:
Snowsuits are brilliant for time outside, especially when the winter cold really hits, but they’re often too much if you’re popping in and out of shops or between the car and outside.
A vest, top, jumper and coat is a bit more flexible and coats are much easier to remove than a bulky suit.
Toasty pram covers
A thick pram cover is a brilliant way to keep a baby warm outside but also makes it simple to keep them cool when you go indoors. Coats and hats can be removed easily without you having to wrestle with more layers.
Rain covers are great for keeping little ones dry and cosy too!
Choose clothing carefully
Go for comfort over style. Coats and jumpers that allow a lot of freedom of movement are great and cotton is more breathable than other fabrics. Cosy organic sleepsuits for babies will keep them warm and are super comfortable all year round.
Once you hit the walking stage a puddle suit is fantastic for helping keep clothing warm and dry especially if paired up with wellies and thick socks.
Don’t forget the hats and mittens
Babies lose a lot of heat from their head, so don’t forget a good hat. I always liked something than pulls down over little ears for extra warmth.
Mittens are great for keeping hands warm too, although I found it easier to try and keep hands inside the pram cover.
Sleeping bags are perfect for night time, but remember to choose the right tog for the time of year. You can always add a blanket on extra cold nights or add/remove a vest.
A room thermometer is a good investment for working out how many layers to add or remove at bedtime.
Do have any top tips to add?
See the Lullaby Trust website for safe sleeping advice.