Winter Babywearing Tips
Here is an oldie but goody, Winter Babywearing throwback post by Dr. Anne Stacey.
We miss seeing you at our monthly babywearing meetups! That doesn’t mean we are going to stop bringing advice, resources and support for new parents or experienced carriers needing a refresh. If you are looking for more specific guidance please contact the clinic to book a private Babywearing consultation session with Dr. Anne Stacey. Babywearing is great for both parent and child. If you are new to babywearing I’d suggest having a look at my posts Top 5 Babywearing Takeaways and Where is YOUR Waistband & How does it contribute to Back Pain?
Now that it is November, I’m seeing parents have concerns about how to comfortably babywear with the cold or rainy weather that is setting in.
Here are some solutions that I have come across are:
- Use fitted sheet clips to secure your coat around your baby.
- Some maternity coats that you used during pregnancy may come with inserts to cover your baby
- Supplement your carrier with a blanket around the sides of the carrier for additional warmth
- Adjust your fashion!
- Use wrap around sweaters
- Cut a hole in a sweatshirt to accommodate your baby’s head
- Embrace the poncho
- The amautik/amatuis– is an Inuit Coat specifically designed for babywearing
- Get Crafty, and fashion yourself a panel for your coat ( see this design for a “Skoodlet” by Ravelry.)
- Accessorize/Safety wear
- Wear boots to prevent slipping and cold feet (avoid adjusting poor footwear once you are out).
- Use mittens for yourself and your baby… even on baby’s feet for extra warmth.
- Buy Specialized Gear: some baby/maternity stores carry specialized gear. It’s pricey, but there are lots of comfortable sweaters and coats available to buy. Here is one site that shows some specialized options.
Additional Babywearing References
Here are some some sites for reference (complete with images):
Of course, your baby’s safety is paramount! If you have any concerns about your baby’s safety while babywearing, please consult Health Canada’s recommendations. Also, you can book a consultation with me at Eastpoint Natural Health. I am a certified babywearing educator, and offer consultations for parents learning to babywear safely.
-Dr. Anne Stacey