How Should I Dress My Baby in Cold Weather?

Winter’s coming, people. Start hibernating, and do not let that baby outside until April, at the earliest. Anyone else guilty of taking cold weather to the extreme when it comes to their child? It’s understandable: we equate warmth and coziness with happy little ones. But the truth is, they are just fine outside – as long as they are dressed in appropriate winter baby clothes

How to Dress a Baby In Winter: Remember Goldilocks

Obviously, it’s not safe if your baby is too cold. But overcompensating with layer upon layer can be dangerous as well: if they’re hot, they’ll sweat. And when sweat cools, they’ll be colder than before. You need to hit the Goldilocks spot: not too cool, not too warm. Just right! Here’s how to dress a baby in winter and do it right:

  • +1. Generally, it’s a good idea to dress baby just as you are dressed – and then add a layer. If you’re wearing a winter coat, take your child out in a snowsuit, bunting, or a few blankets. A stroll around town will be perfectly safe.
  • Layers are your friend. This is good advice for kids, grownups… everyone! Dress your baby in a onesie and then add a one-piece with feet or pants and a long-sleeved top with socks under booties. As mentioned, if you’re wearing an outer layer, bring one of your baby too and/or a few extra blankets. Add or subtract as necessary.
  • On the go. When in their car seat on very cold days, dress baby in a long-sleeved, one-piece fleece outfit. If necessary, add a sweater. Check to make sure your little one is not too warm; if so, take off the sweater. Make sure you have a few blankets for the transition to and from the car. Do not use car seats or strollers with attached sleeping bags or covers.
  • Sleeping peacefully. Because of the risk of unintentional smothering, blankets in the sleeping area are not recommended. Overheated babies are also at greater risk for SIDS. It is best to dress baby in a one-piece footed sleeper. If it is especially cold, try a safe swaddling blanket or sleep sack – but again, check your baby to see if she is too warm.

Don’t let colder temperatures keep you down!  A little fresh air and sun may be just what you both need. Browse our selection of winter baby clothes, and go outside with confidence!