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It's winter! Babywearing Jackets?

post #1 of 33
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It's getting cold here and I'm in need of a coat to fit babybelly, but would like to use it awhile so am thinking a babywearing coat may be best. I can't find any good links to stores that make/sell them. Does anyone have a good link?

I'd like fleece- coat or vest, XL or 1XL. Help.
post #2 of 33
This is the one I'm thinking of getting: http://www.suseskinder.com/
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by C-Charm View Post
This is the one I'm thinking of getting: http://www.suseskinder.com/
I have an older version of that one & LOVE it!
post #4 of 33

I Have A Kinder Coat

I have a kinder coat. I really, really like it. I wish that the fleece attached a little differently, but it's a very minor complaint.

They are expensive, but they save you from needing to buy outwear for your baby. When you figure that it's a coat for two people it doesn't seem do bad.
post #5 of 33
I made a BW coat from a wool coat. I undid the yoke seam at the back, added gussets made from the belt (so the fabric matched but you could just buy some) and then bound the hole. Works fine.

You can also buy an iversized coat and wear your LO inside it. On the front you just zip it around you both. On the back, you'll pull the neck back and wear a scarf.

I also have an amauti which is the ultimate.
post #6 of 33

Rain?

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Originally Posted by redvlagrl View Post
I made a BW coat from a wool coat. I undid the yoke seam at the back, added gussets made from the belt (so the fabric matched but you could just buy some) and then bound the hole. Works fine.

You can also buy an iversized coat and wear your LO inside it. On the front you just zip it around you both. On the back, you'll pull the neck back and wear a scarf.

I also have an amauti which is the ultimate.
What do you wear in the rain?
post #7 of 33
I use an umbrella in the rain. But it's not particularly rainy here. If I lived in the PNW/BC then I would probably do the same (make a BW jacket) out of something waterproof like a soft shell or something.
post #8 of 33
I just purchased fleece in two fabrics that I am going to stitch together a "blanket" type cover for my Beco. I am going to elasticize the bottom and two sides. At the top, I am going to seal it and then use a pair of mitten clips to attach it to the Beco on the top. Anyone else do anything similar?
post #9 of 33
I found this, which I think is similar to what you are making, Thandiwe, but in wool.
post #10 of 33
I just made something similar to this:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/44/12...cc99a8915a.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/36/12...d4aab79635.jpg

Instructions are at:
http://thepurebaby.blogspot.com/2010...pure-baby.html

http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/s...bywearing+coat
(requires free registration to view forums).

http://paxye.com/blog/diy-babywearing-coat/


My tips:
-read all the different sets of instructions (each contributes something different)
-start with a coat that fits over baby in a front carry (2 sizes up from normal)
-sew panels from BOTTOM up, leaving a bit of extra fabric at top and bottom

I will be making another one and posting pics and a tute when I get around to it. Hopefully before the snow!
post #11 of 33
We found a Wms. size 3X fleece jacket for sell on LLBean. DH got out the x-acto knife and slit a hole in the back. Perfect! It fits both of us and we've used it for five seasons so far, three or four of which were in Michigan and Ohio. It's big enough that we can wear a smaller baby in a front carry zipped in with us, and through toddler in a back carry. The fleece doesn't run or tear easily. And it was so cheap. I think the jacket was only $30.
post #12 of 33
We have 2 Susekinder coats and love them. They were pricey but since DH and I both BW during the winter months, it's worth it. Plus they've taken us thoruhg several babies so they were a good purchase.
post #13 of 33

I have a Kinder Coat that i am trying to find a good home for.  It is gently used, black with sky blue fleece (XL).

I am selling it for $40.  Let me know if you are interested.  christateeft@gmail.com

post #14 of 33

I got this one: http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/mamajacket.html It's wool and has a babywearing insert which zips into either the front or the back, and I like that I can wear it as a normal coat when I'm not carrying DS. It also has an optional pregnancy insert (costs extra), so it can go from a maternity coat to a babywearing coat to a regular winter coat. It's not cheap, but I got it as a gift and I would say it may even be worth the money if you get so much use out of it. I love mine!

post #15 of 33

I bought a Suse Kinder coat recently. I like the design - feels like a normal outdoor jacket. The sleeves of the fleece insert are a bit too long, so that they poke out from underneath the shell, but this can be an assett, as it keeps your wrists and hands warm. The drawback is that I am not able to zip it up completly if worn without the baby, my neck is left exposed.  When my baby is on the front (she is 20 pound) and is wearing only light indoor clothing, I can zip her in completely, when she is asleep, which is great. However, it gets cold where I live (Alberta), so I have to bundle her up, for sure the upper body as she likes to have her arms out when awake. If DD wears a T shirt, a thin cardigan and an outer shell jacket and a warm hat I am no longer able to zip her in. The extra layers of clothing take the precious space...So in this respect the jacket is a bit of a disappointment. It would be great if the front panel was wider. Still, it is fit for purpose, just has some flaws.

So in the future, I will try to do some DIY - use a regular outdoor jacket plus make a wide zip in front insert with a large hood to protect the kid from the elements.

post #16 of 33

I love my babyWAWL! It is a waterproof, windproof coat insert that zips into my jacket. I live in Minnesota, and I rarely have to bundle DS with too many layers. I just pop him into my Ergo and zip my babyWAWL around him, and we are good to go! I can wear it with most of my coats, so it is adaptable for any season, and it works in my husband's coat, too. AND, best of all, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I think it's less than $50. Some of the baby wearing coats are gorgeous, but I just couldn't justify the expense...

post #17 of 33

I really like the idea of the baby WAWL. Where can I buy one?

post #18 of 33

sorry, it posted twice for some reason :(

post #19 of 33

I love my Kindercoat.....I wear it with my 28lb daughter still, and even if she is all bundled up I am able to still fit her in. The coat has panels to zip in for front, back and side carrys, you can zip the fleece jacket in onr leave it out and wear either just the waterproof shell in the spring or just the fleece jackets.

post #20 of 33

I just bought this: http://www.tivolicouture.com/Mommys-Hug-Carrier-Cover/Mommys-Hug-Carrier-Cover-in-London.htm

 

The "London" is supposedly the warmest. Used it for the first time today. I think I would have preferred a giant coat but I found this at a nearby store--didn't want to purchase anything unless I got to try it out first.

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