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post #21 of 29
Went to Old Navy today and got a zip-up fleece hoodie with some kind of fuzzy lining for just $16. It's a size up from what I normally wear and it's pretty stretchy, so hopefully this can pull through for the last 2.5(!!!!) months. It's pretty cheap fleece, too, so I think the plasticyness of it will hold in my body heat, lol.
post #22 of 29
I live in a state bordering Canada, and never even thought about a "maternity" coat, and this is my third baby. You just wear a coat that's big, is all. Goodwill if nothing else. I'm pretty sure my usual winter coats are roomy enough to accomodate the belly.
They were the last two times.
Are some women wearing form-fitting coats, such that they have to worry about there not being room enough?
I wear men's coats anyway, or unisex sporting coats, because I'm really really tall, and broadshouldered, and women's never fit anyway. Not haute couture, but who cares really?
post #23 of 29
I normally wear an XL LLBean down coat - I had to go up that large to get something that would fit over my rather large chest and wide hips. So it's not form-fitting but it is snug to my chest and hips while not being TOO enormous in the shoulders and arms. At 30 weeks it still zips over the belly, but just barely and it's not comfortable - in another month I will definitely need my enormous thrift store coat.
post #24 of 29
i'm already big enough bellywise not to fit in my regular winter coats. i've moved into a maternity "winter coat" for the late fall season. but our really winter comes, i'll move into my husbands old ski jacket. totally unflattering and uncute, but it does the job and i don't want to invest the money.
post #25 of 29
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I love all the advice and answers I get on this forum

I think I will use one of my DH's jackets for now, and if I need to move up check out the thrift stores again.
post #26 of 29

coats, comfy and cute

I'm using two solutions for my winter woes. Oversize, insulated sweatshirt for lazy days and weekends, and maternity sweaters/layers with my usual layer of zip-up hooded sweatshirts under cute jackets with long scarves for the rest of the time. Kind of a Juno/Ellen Page type of look.

I might have to buy a few LG zip-up sweatshirts since I've already out grown my usual sweatshirts but I'm hoping the scarves and sweater layers will make up for not being able to zip my coat over my belly.
post #27 of 29
Same thing I did with DS#1 (April baby)-on really cold days I'll wear lots of layers and my ski coat-it ALMOST zips over a big preggo belly LOL. Otherwise I wear a good jacket and don't zip. We can't afford a maternity coat so I make do with what I have. As for post baby I'm knitting a babywearing poncho so I can wear a jacket and wear that over the two of us while DS#2 is bundled up well and in a wrap or upright in a RS
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by fairymom View Post
DDC

How about a babywearing jacket? Since they're built for 2 I'm sure it work for pg too. I know they're more expensive but you could get years of wear AND they have a good resale value.

Like these..
I wanted to second fairymom's recommendation of a babywearing coat! They are expensive, but I have seen used ones out there - try thebabywearer.com, where there is a buy/sell/trade forum. If you are planning more children and/or doing a lot of babywearing, this is totally the way to go.

I bought a first generation Kindercoat back in the winter of 2005/06 and it was a godsend. I bought a medium, which fit me (5'5" tall, about a size 10), DH (5'8" tall, 170, men's medium) AND our babysitter (5'10" tall, about a size 14/16) through that first winter of carrying DS (who had been born the previous May). The second winter only I was still babywearing, but the coat still fit. (Note that my backup option - a Ralph Lauren wool hunting/barn jacket, men's size Large, that I bought at a rummage sale for $5 - very warm and pretty good-looking, considering - did NOT button around the two of us at that point, though the Kindercoat did.)

The design has been tweaked and is probably close to perfected by now, but I think the basics are the same: an outer coat that is like water-resistant ski parka material, with an inner removable fleece liner that can also be worn separately as a zip-up fleece jacket. If you are babywearing, the coat is engineered so that you can wear the baby on the front by zipping in an extra panel (which has that same removable fleece liner), or on the back by opening a zipper between the shoulder blades and a gusset that runs down either side on the back. Obviously the part you care about when you are pg is the extra panel that zips down the front.

Right now I'm wearing an A-line trenchcoat with a removable lining, and I can still zip/button over my belly, though I don't think it will last me more than another month or so. Once I'm huge and the really cold weather hits, I'm switching to the Kindercoat.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Caryliz View Post
I wanted to second fairymom's recommendation of a babywearing coat! They are expensive, but I have seen used ones out there - try thebabywearer.com, where there is a buy/sell/trade forum. If you are planning more children and/or doing a lot of babywearing, this is totally the way to go.
I wasn't going to do anything special except leave my coat unbuttoned...but then I saw fairymom's post too and became obsessed with getting one LOL! I found these on Esty and should be getting mine in the next couple days:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/babywearing?ref=seller_info
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