Babywearing in the cold: Last winter we moved to New York from California. I used the ergo on the front with a big parka buttoned over both of us. My daughter was 1. It was not so comfortable but I made do with it. I found that this system pulled the coat around in a weird way that put extra pressure on my shoulders and neck area (already happening from the front-carry of a larger toddler.
Someone loaned me the mamacoat that Rosemary links for the winter. I have to say, its not too thick/warm. I am hoping it will work for most of the winter but am thinking about what else to do.
Another friend gave me a fleece parka that has two head holes that she made. very simple, very cute. It was from southern cali though so not terribly warm. It did make a nice overlayer for drizzle or breezy days.
Originally Posted by RosemaryS-F
Anyone have suggestions for babywearing in the cold? I hated doing it because it was so uncomfortable before with my coats; I have a wool coat that will likely be too small, at least in the chest, this winter, and then a huge, down parka from my last pg that is pretty uncomfortable with a baby over it; not sure she'll fit under it. I like the idea of this coat, but it isn't warm. http://www.japaneseweekend.com/mamacoat-trade-p/05-7036-092blk-maternity-coats.htm
Karli, that is a crazy poosplosion. 5 times???
my friend in Montreal made herself something like this, which would be a good option if you have a used/cheap coat that you are willing to experiment on
baby has to be old enough for a back carry. One thing she said is that her baby would stick her arms out and then she had a hard time keeping her tiny hands warm. But eventually she learned not to do it.
My sister (who happens to be a professional fashion designer for a very high end company... totally opposite from me) and I were talking about this and making a zip-in-panel for an existing coat. I was bellyaching on how to match of the zippers etc etc and she just said, sew a second zipper alongside the existing one, and then you can make a panel that zips in when you want it, and still use the coat when you don't. And you can even carefully pick out the zipper when you are all done using it as a babywearing coat (my kids are big and front carry gets hard after not too long). I am thinking that I will look for a thigh-length, somewhat fitted down coat for this winter, and have her help me make a nice thick wool (or even down) zip-in-panel. We will probably copy the mamacoat that we have, which of course makes it easier. Also having a professional pattern-maker as a sister helps :)