How to Choose Winter Baby Clothes

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As a new parent, it's sometimes difficult to figure out how to dress your baby when the weather begins to get cooler. Naturally, we worry about whether or not the baby is too cold, too hot, or just right. So, what's the magical answer? Unfortunately, there isn't one.

That said, there is one golden rule you can keep in mind when choosing cold weather baby clothes, so your little one is comfortable and you can stay sane. As a rule of thumb, dress babies in one extra layer than what we'd wear outside ourselves. 

Tips for Picking Winter Baby Clothes

As new parents, we have a tendency to overdress our little ones, without even realizing it. Then, as we're cruising down the highway, the baby starts crying in the backseat, and we can't figure out why. Many times, they're just over-heated.

  • If you're wearing a long-sleeve shirt, pants, and a lightweight jacket, your baby should be fine with one extra layer, like a bodysuit (onesie) underneath. Always bring along a blanket to throw over the car seat or stroller, just in case.
  • Dress your baby in layers so that it's easy to remove a layer once your baby is inside. It's very important to be careful not to let your baby overheat. When you're inside, remove hats and gloves and the outer layer just as you would for yourself when entering a heated room.
  • When it's snowing, be sure to put on a hat and mittens; the same holds true if it's just really windy and cold. Keeping your baby's ears protected from the wind is just good sense. Be sure your babies fingers and toes are warm to avoid frostbite.
  • If you're out in the cold and your baby is in a stroller, tuck him in warm bunting made for a stroller, like JJ Cole Urban Bundleme, or a foot muff to keep them warm and cozy. 
  • Dress your baby in a snowsuit if he'll be out in the snow, and if it has a hood, be sure it covers your baby's head and ears since most body heat escapes from the head.
  • Avoid swaddling them in multiple blankets, even when it's really cold outside. You have to remember that, they're usually not outside for very long, and so anything you put on them to protect them from the elements is going to overheat them while they're in the car.

Remember, when dressing your baby for cool weather, take a look at yourself. Although you don't have to dress alike, following the one extra layer rule will keep everybody just the right temperature.

Edited by Jennifer Nicole Sullivan, Baby Clothes Expert