If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you might know we are moving to Washington state! Originally, we were slated to move to tropical, sunny Okinawa, but the military decided we’re staying stateside. This means we are tasked with making sure our little one stays warm through our epic road trip move and in our new home. I’ve received a lot of thoughtful advice on how to dress baby for cold climates, which I’m passing on to you!
Our road trip is going to take us through some chilly locales – New York, Chicago, and Portland, to name a few. So how do you keep an infant warm in the dead of winter?
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This is an especially useful tip if you have a Velcro baby like I do. Babywearing is great for a number of reasons. The carrier acts as an extra layer of fabric to protect your baby from the cold. Through carrying, both you and your baby benefit from exchanging body heat. It’s easier to comfort your baby. It also keeps your hands free and prevents you from lugging around a stroller and bulky stroller blanket. That way, you can explore your winter destination of choice with ease.
2. Get a really, really big coat.
Put your coat on after getting your baby in the carrier to make the most of your body heat. There are specialized babywearing coats that can cost you several hundred dollars, but you can also make do with an oversized coat or a maternity coat. I use this affordable babywearing coat from Sweet Mommy.
3. Bunting is your friend.
Not the flag banners – baby buntings are thick, one-piece suits that are perfect for cold weather. They go on and off easily and there’s no chance of any clothing riding up and exposing baby’s skin to the cold. We have this waterproof one by the North Face that we chose because of its quality and versatility in different types of weather.
4. Layers, layers, and more layers.
When in doubt, add layers! You can bundle up your baby in thermal base layers, leggings, onesies, sweaters, socks, and so on to create multiple barriers to protect from the cold. This video is super helpful to determine the order to put everything on.
5. Add in cute, warm accessories.
My favorite baby accessory for cold weather is a cute, knit hat. This pom pom beanie from Zero to Two is made of a thick knitted material, and its two pom poms makes Baby Izzy look like a little polar bear! Zero To Two also sells moccasins and sneakers (good for layering – see tip #4!) and will soon start selling clothing as well.
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What are your tips for dressing baby for cold climates?
I’d love to hear them in the comments! And be sure to share this article with anyone traveling somewhere cold with a baby!