This past Saturday’s meeting was on the subject of Winter Wearing! With the cool weather already starting to approach this meeting could not have come at a better time. The topic was lead by VBE Beth with some insight from our other VBE’s Courtney, Sarah and Jill.
Beth first let everyone know that it is perfectly fine to wear a coat, sweater, fleece whatever you keep warm with under your carrier, and for your baby to do the same in the carrier. This is probably the easier, cheapest option for winter wearing but can easily become very bulky. So Beth went on to explore the other winter wearing options available for both front and back carrying. Another easy option is to buy an over-sized coat or sweater and just zip baby right up into a front carry with you. For back carrying Beth suggesting buying a slightly over-sized fleece and cutting a head hole for baby.
Obviously company’s saw there was a need for such products so the first Coat made for babywearing is Suse’s Kinder (http://www.suseskinder.com). Our library recently got a very nice winter wear vest made by Peekaru which is now part of the Boba family of products (http://store.bobafamily.com/outerwear). Beth next demonstrated a product she owns called a Monkey Pocket which just covers the carrier and baby. She demonstrated a toddler sized Monkey Pocket but it does come in other sizes (http://monkeypockets.blogspot.com). CatBird also makes a winter carrier cover which our almost local to us store Once Upon a Sling carries (http://www.onceuponasling.com).
Another issue with winter babywearing is baby’s exposed legs. Typically you may have your baby in pants but with most carriers, wraps, slings whatever your using, the babies pants end up hiked up and ankles are then exposed. Beth suggested babylegs, or similar products to keep those ankles warm (http://www.babylegs.com)
Many people are interested in other DIY options. One of the easiest DIY options is a No-Sew Fleece Poncho. The Materials needed for this are 1.75 yards of fleece and a pair of scissors! More information on how to make this no-sew fleece poncho can be found here: http://www.fineandfairblog.com/2013/09/diy-no-sew-babywearing-poncho-coat.html . As discussed earlier another option is to turn a regular coat into a babywearing coat. DIY information for this project, which does involve sewing can be found here: http://thepurebaby.blogspot.com/2010/09/homemade-babywearing-coat-for-pure-baby.html .
Other winter babywearing Tips that Beth suggested is to pre-tie your stretchy or woven wrap to help keel the tails from dragging in the wet and snow. Also with a wrap you can use the pocket method and attempt to keep your tails tucked in your pockets while wrapping. Beth said her favorite method was to just to tuck baby in her coat and then wrap once inside the store. Also using a SSC or a ring sling might be a better option for particular wet winter days as there is not much risk of dragging the carrier on the wet ground!