A baby carrier can be used in the wintertime just as much as it can be used in the summertime. The key to keeping your baby and yourself warm and cozy while wearing them in a carrier is layering! Layering keeps you warm in two ways, first by trapping warm air close to your body, and second by preventing any cold wind from penetrating your clothes. There are three layers that are important when carrying your baby in the winter and we will explain how each layer works to keep you both toasty warm! These layers include the baby’s clothes, your jacket, and the carrier itself!
When it’s cold outside, you need to make sure both you and your baby are bundled up before heading out. First, put on a base layer of clothing. This could be a long-sleeved shirt and pants made of wool or another fabric that will keep you warm. Next, add a middle layer of insulation. This could be a sweater or light jacket. Finally, top it off with a waterproof outer layer in case you get caught in the snow or rain with these women’s winter coats & jackets. Wear a hat to cover your head and ears, gloves for your hands, and boots for your feet. Now do the same for your baby then pick up that carrier—you’re ready to go!
Keeping everyone cozy
When it’s cold outside, it’s important to keep your baby warm—but that doesn’t mean you have to give up using a carrier! Here are some tips for keeping everyone cozy while you enjoy the winter weather together. Dress baby in layers, starting with a base layer of cotton or wool. Add a warm sweater or jacket on top, and tuck a blanket around baby’s legs and feet. For extra warmth, put a hat on baby’s head and cover the carrier with a blanket or scarf. You can also use a winter-specific carrier, such as a Baby Tula carrier with mesh, which has built-in vents to regulate temperature.
Choosing a proper carrier
A baby carrier is an essential item for any parent on the go. But with so many different types and brands of carriers, how do you choose the right one? And once you have it, how do you use it properly? Here are a few tips to help guide you through the process:
- Make sure your carrier will fit your child’s weight and height as he or she grows. For example, if you have a newborn, you’ll want to look for a carrier that has a newborn insert or adjustment that will detach as soon as baby grows out of it.
- Make sure your baby’s head doesn’t flop forward when he or she is being carried in the sling or front pack style carriers by making sure their head is close to your body when you put them in it. You can also carry your baby facing outward (if your baby is old enough) which is more comfortable for both of you. If you’re using a ring sling or pouch-type carrier, make sure the fabric isn’t too tight against his face. When carrying an infant under six months old, make sure his back is touching your chest while they sleep so they feel safe and secure against your body.
Keep the time short outdoors
When it’s cold outside, you don’t want to be outdoors for very long. You also don’t want your baby to be in a carrier for too long. So, how can you carry your baby in a carrier in the winter? Here are some tips – and answers to common questions about wearing your baby in a carrier:
- Get out of the wind if possible by taking shelter under a tree or porch overhang
- Layer up and dress your baby with extra layers as well (snowsuit, jacket, hat)
- Wear gloves when carrying your baby and cover any exposed skin such as your hands with mittens or gloves
- If you’re going to take your baby out into the cold weather, plan on spending less than 30 minutes at a time. Ideally 15-20 minutes max! Stay away from the wind as much as possible so find shelter under trees or other places that protect from gusts of air. Dress your little one appropriately for the weather including an outer layer like a snowsuit, jacket, hat, and gloves or mittens to protect their hands and fingers from becoming numb or frostbitten.
There are many different ways to carry your baby in a carrier, and each has its own benefits. In the winter, you may want to consider an outdoor carrier that is specifically designed for cold weather. This will keep your baby warm and protected from the elements. Make sure to dress your baby in warm clothing and use a blanket for extra insulation. And finally, always be sure to stay warm yourself!