Cold weather outerwear for babies?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

LemonJack:  Babies should not be wearing thick jackets while strapped into their car seat for safety reasons – the straps may not be tight enough to hold them properly in case of an accident. Better to lay the coat or a blanket on top of the car seat after they are buckled in. 

How low do temps go where you live? 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would recommend layering rather than buying one bulky jacket. Wool is the best base layer and then just work on top of that. Merino wool onesies are amazing if you can find them. I live in Iceland and they’re everywhere here, but I’m not sure they’re so common in the US.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

layers. lots of light layers, and blankets over the carseat.

i’m going to keep my thoughts about snowsuits to myself. because i’ll get yelled at.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Snowsuits (and any bulky coats for that matter) should not be used while the baby is in the carseat – it’s unsafe.  So if you get those, they should really only be used for playing outside, walking, whatever you’re doing when not in the car.  I can’t really give good advice on what you SHOULD use (I’m curious about others’ responses, as I’m pregnant right now and will have a baby under a year old next winter), but I know that babies should not be dressed in bulky clothing in their carseats.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

LemonJack:  i think the “snowsuits are unsafe!” thing is crap. that’s just me. my brother and i wore snowsuits in carseats. we’re alive. even after my mom got into an accident with my brother as an infant during the winter. my parents wore snowsuits when they were babies, and they didn’t even have carseats! i just don’t get it. i don’t get the reasoning behind keeping kids in carseats until they’re teenagers either. but that’s an entire different argument.

i understand the theory behind carseats and bulky clothing… i just don’t get it. then again, i don’t have children. just almost a dozen nieces and nephews and godchildren. all of which have worn snowsuits in a carseat and survived.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

beenonymous765:  (not trying to yell at you) but if you have knowledge that might make that child safer, why not use it? Is it worth potential injury to the child compared to the hassle of getting them out of the snowsuit/coat to put them in the car seat? (full disclosure, I do not have kids yet)

No one used to wear bike helmets when I was growing up, either. I’m alive today and unscathed. But that was because I was lucky to not have a serious fall/head meeting concrete. But I have seen enough head injuries from people not wearing them to make me put a helmet on now.   

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

beenonymous765:  there are a lot of things that have changed safety wise- and for a reason. My mom drove with me on her lap at 4 months. I have my son in a 5 point harness and will rear face him as long as possible. Things change. Just because you don’t anecdotally know of anyone who was injured or killed doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. Same as medical protocols change with research, child seat safety has advanced. Watch some videos about internal decapitation and you will see just an inkling on why kids need to be properly restrained. 

LemonJack:  my son will be a year this December. I have a full body fleece and a snow suit (likely not worn together) for walks and playing outside. I will have a fleece jacket for the car. We switched to the convertible car seat around 6 months so no bundleme this winter. If your baby is still in the infant seat, the bundle me + a blanket tucked inside is likely enough!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

 

SadieBee:  A car starter 🙂

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

beenonymous765:  When I was a baby there was no car seats, so why use those? That logic doesnt work anymore. Seriously technology and what we know now is much better than what we knew back then. A baby should not be in a snowsuit in a car seat.  Layers of blankets are best.  And I live in Minnesota and had a baby while it was winter.  

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

LemonJack:  I live in ND, so we can have temps up to -30 at a given time. It was below zero when I brought him home from the hospital. I had him in a onsie, with pants, socks, and a little hoodie. I tucked a blanket around him and had a fleece car seat cover that I bought off Amazon, and he stayed cozy.

He will be about 8-9 months this winter, and I plan to do the same thing. Just some layed clothing with socks/shoes, a blanket, and his fleece car seat cover. I do have a really cute snowsuit thing, but I am hesitant to place it on him for a car ride because it is borderline bulky.

http://www.amazon.com/JJ-Cole-Seat-Cover-Graphite/dp/B00511J6BM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408461235&sr=8-1&keywords=fleece+car+seat+cover

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

There are car seat suits that you buckle baby in normally but the suit has harnass holes in it so that you can essentially zip it up over the buckLes. I think the same company the PP posted, jj cole makes one. Start there. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I read somewhere that anything that goes behind the baby (like a Bundle Me) in a carseat is unsafe, but I’m not sure what the rationale is for that.  (Like, I don’t know if it’s actually unsafe or the car seat manufacturers just say it’s unsafe to cover themselves.)  Anyways, apparently it’s safer to use covers that are like shower caps to go over the car seat.  I bought one that’s insulated and has a little window to open over the baby’s face.  It worked really well in the winter, as it kind of creates a micro-climate inside the car seat and protects against wind.  I still used the Bundle Me if I was using the carseat as a stroller (travel system).  My baby was born in October and I live on the Canadian prairies, so I got extensive use out of it.  But if you don’t live somewhere that’s actually cold, and since your baby will be a bit older, maybe being completely sealed inside a car seat cocoon won’t appeal to it.

Now that my baby is going to be older this year, I probably would use a layer like a fleece, hats, mitts, blankets, and for really cold/windy days I’ll try the car seat cover.

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