Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Babywearing saftey in winter

Snow anyone?
Here in London Ontario all you can see is white white white white. Its snowed about five feet in a matter of a few days. Our transit is down, schools are closed..state of emergency I believe is now in effect. When it comes to weather like this, I beg all to STAY INSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!! But for the rest of yas who havent been dumped on like us, feel free to go out and have fun! LOL

Babywearing in the winter is pretty easy once you figure out what system is going to work for you and your child. If you have a newborn, its pretty simple to stick the baby in the carrier underneath your jacket. When it comes to toddlers and preschoolers (because you are probably better off to wear even the three/four year olds in this stuff than making them walk), wearing a jacket that is larger that you can both fit underneath will work or wearing you child over your jacket. If you've got a hubby around that is larger than you, grabbing his spare winter coat has proven to be very effective :)

First and foremost, WINTER BOOTS WITH GOOD GRIPS are important. Dont need any Moms and babe's slipping on their bums. Make sure you go slow and watch where you are walking. Be like a turtle. Slow and steady :)

If you decide to wear your child over your winter coat, make sure you have the child secure. Snow suits can be slippy, so making sure if you are wrapping that your child is wrapped up safe and tight. Winter hats, boots and mittens as well. One downfall we have found so far in our babywearing journey when babywearing in winter this is that some kids love to take off their hats and mits, so if they are on your back, getting them back on can be a challenge. Hats that are tight fitting, with velcro and mittens that are even pinned to their snowsuits are a good idea.. asking a passer by to give you a hand if they do take them off is a good idea, and to keep checkin on your childs head to see if they are still wearing their hats etc.

If you decide to wear your child under your coat, then you may not have to actually put your child in anything more than their sweater and pants and boots. This is all we do. I put a hat on him and mittens and thats it. Sometimes in a bag I carry his snow suit just incase, but since he is under my coat, my coat and our body heat keeps eachother warm. The bennefit of wearing underneath your jacket is that when you get to your destination, the jacket can come off, and you both wont be roasting.

This link is from thebabywearer.com and is about babywearing in the cold

Below in my blog I have some guidelines in making your own babywearing jacket, feel free to use the information to create your own babywearing jacket. If this doesnt seem like the pattern for you here are some other links that you can look at.


Babywearing jackets are available for purchase at a variety of places.
LilliesOValley from Ontario Canada

There are also carrier covers that you can purchase

And the Amauti which is a gorgeous way to wear your baby in the winter. But you need to pre order, but the wait is worth it

I hope I covered everything. If anyone has any questions about winter babywearing please contact me on barefootbuttercup's facebook page, here in the comment section or via email at barefootbuttercup@live.com

Happy Babywearing!!!!

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