Earlier this month, I shared on Instagram that I went outside for a morning walk at -14C (7F) because you just gotta bite the bullet and do it! The cold is pretty harsh the first time, but don’t worry it gets better, and it’s so amazing for the mind, body and soul.
I have a double stroller. I have a cool mini board for my single stroller. However, when it’s really cold my favourite spot for baby is on me. Babywearing is an amazing choice for the winter as it’s a great way to keep everyone warm.
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How to Babywear in the Cold!
Yes, it feels intimidating to babywear in the cold, but it’s doable. I’ve tried a few different strategies over the years, but my favourite hands down is to dress like an onion with my Belly Bedaine Babywearing Sweater.
I’ve used my husband’s oversized coats, but I either felt overheated or got chilly around my midsection and the nape of the neck.
I have a coat extender, but the one I own has velcro which sometimes snags on my wool wraps and made me very angry.
I have tried wearing over my coats with the baby bundled up in snow but that’s super bulky and limits my mobility and range of motion. #notcool.
Nothing else (that I’ve tried) quite offers me the range of motion I want and love from a babywearing sweater like Belly Bedaine Kiroo Sweater. It’s everything, and more.
My Dress Like an Onion Strategy
- Baselayer: I choose a wool base layer because that’s what I’ve read is a smart outdoor choice. Merino wool leggings and long sleeve shirt with a pair of wool socks. Hey, but check it in my photos I opted for a short sleeve tank top because it was a better choice for the day. Dress for the weather and don’t overheat yourself. Remember you’re carrying a small furnace.
- Get Dressed: I choose my outfit for the day and dress for a chilly regular day.
- Outside Layers: The number of outdoor layers I add depends on the day.
- Brisk Fall Day: Nothing more than my Belly Bedaine Sweater.
- Slightly cold winter day: A thin sweater and my Belly Bedaine Sweater.
- Cold Winter Day: a light warm jacket and my Belly Bedaine Sweater.
- Very Cold Winter Day: a light warm jacket, my Belly Bedaine Sweater and an over coat (not zipped up)
- Super Cold Days: stay inside and wait for it to warm up.
- Accessories: Toques, Gloves, Boots, and scarf for the coldest of days.
I also apply the same strategy to my children. Thin wool layers, followed by regular clothing, and then outerwear topped with accessories. When it’s below freezing, I pull out the handy fleece bunting suit for her to wear. The colder it gets, the more I rely on the warmth of our bodies to keep each other warm and toasty.
Belly Bedaine Sweater Takes the Cake.
I have the Kiroo sweater from Belly Bedaine. It’s a lightweight sweater that not only works for babywearing but also for baby bumps. Available in two colours and a variety of sizes, I ordered the XL for my body and the black because I’m simple like that.
Sizing is awesome. I was totally anxious about the size because it has to fit both my baby AND me. And my baby isn’t tiny. Much to my surprise, everyone fits and it’s not even tight or pulling. It’s just right. I never tried it with my toddler because that’s asking a lot these days.
Front Carry or Back Carry
But the only kind of. The Belly Bedaine Kiroo Sweater can be worn for front or back carries, but I can’t for the life of me do a back carry by myself. I just don’t have the dexterity to get it over my head and hers. A couple of times I tried I ended up getting some assistance from a stranger in the parking lot. But check out this video because apparently, it’s possible!
Other Features of Love
- Thumbholes. I love thumb holes, and I don’t even know why.
- Pockets. You need something for that stuff.
- Cowell Neck is oh so cosy.
Time to Buy?
Yes, please. My only regret is not owning this sooner. I have made do with hacks and such, but nothing quite beats the comfortable, cozy heat of both of us together
. I have yet to be cold this winter and we had temperatures of -15C already! It’s perfect transition from Fall to Winter and back to Spring. Use it as one of many important layers for the deep cold. Stay warm together and layer each of you to meet the weather. At -15C I was wearing three layers under my sweater and baby too.