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Winter babywearing

I know this is an issue because people ask about it all the time!  How do you ‘wear’ a baby in a sling in winter without them or you getting cold and/or wet?Baby Sling Beach

I don’t have a child in a sling anymore, but there were a number of things that I did when my LO’s were still being worn.

The most important thing to remember is how hot both mother and baby get when babywearing.  Just this act alone can keep you much warmer than you would normally be.  If that is not enough, however, then I have some tips.

Firstly, if it was cold and the baby was asleep I would wrap a long woolly cardigan around both of us, front or back.  With the baby on the back I admit I did look like I had an odd humped back, but a thick skin is required for many of the parenting decisions I have made so I didn’t mind!  The cardigan I had was a very loose knit so air continued to circulate but it kept us warm.

If the baby was on my front I would do the same and button the cardigan up to just underneath their head.

I chose this because I couldn’t afford one of those special babywearing coats, but if you are in the mood to splash some cash then there are a few options out there.

The Mamajacket coat, thing.

The ergo baby papoose coat

The MaM coat

Warning: these coats could well be featured on ‘What not to wear’ if you get my drift!

An alternative to the coats above is the Aiska babywearing poncho which to my eyes, is a more attractive and wearable option.  Though, clearly this wouldn’t be waterproof.

There is a large selection of babywearing coats/fleeces/waterproofs at the Natural Connection website.

If your baby is still of the age where most of the carrying is done on the front, then of course you can just wear your own normal coat, and the baby can wear baby legs to keep warm.  This gives you the option of carrying an umbrella too, if it is wet.

If your baby is on your back most of the time then your choices seem pretty limited to the large-cardigan-and-hump-back-get-up or buying a special coat or poncho.  Of course, if your sling is roomy then you can wear your ordinary coat underneath the sling, pop the baby in the sling on top and put baby legs and a coat on your baby.  A little bit ‘michelin man’ but it will do the job!

If anyone has any other tips or ideas on keeping the babywearers dry and warm, I’d love to hear them!

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The Ergo definately looks like a hardcore sling.  It has buckles and pockets and looks like it could withstand a lot of babywearing.

It was the sling of choice for me after a lot of trial and error.  I tried ring slings, pouch slings, the tricotti, the wilkinget, a wrap sling and of course the initial faux pas of the shop-bought baby bjorn.  Thank goodness I had lots of lovely friends who loaned me slings, or I would have been in serious debt!

Pros

  • No skill required in putting the sling on.  You clip the sling around your hips, put baby on your front or your back and then lift the sling up over your shoulders and clip it at the top.  Very easy.
  • Once on it was a piece of cake to adjust it.
  • Comfort levels huge.  I carried my youngest til he was two years old for a minimum of 2 hours at a time every day with no discomfort or back ache.
  • Doesn’t look to un-mainstream.
  • Very good re-sale value.

Cons

  • Doesn’t look to un-mainstream 🙂  (depends on your leanings whether this is a pro or con!)
  • Baby/child can’t face out on the front.  It’s an inward facing sling.
  • Other parents will rush over to ask you about it on a regular basis.

Particularly good for:

  • Longer term, comfortable babywearing
  • Use by either mum, dad or other caregiver.
  • People who are baffled by large amounts of material and tying options!

Overall I found this sling good value for money, extremely easy to use and foolproof.  I have and would recommend it to anybody who wants to babywear on a long term basis.

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