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Winter Baby - Babywear instead of toting bucket seat?

post #1 of 11
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I need some advice on this.

 

Baby is due right smack dab in the middle of winter.What is the best way to transport baby? Should I carry around the bucket seat? Or is it possible to babywear in the middle of winter?

 

My concern is that I live in MN. It gets COLD here. How will I get baby from the car to carrier (I have a sleepy wrap, plan to get an Ergo) and not freeze him/her to death?

 

Help?!

post #2 of 11

I've heard great things about zip in inserts or you can borrow/thrift store a very large coat and zip it up around the both of you... know a lady that just wears a ring sling under her coat and uses a fleece pannel to close the gap she added a couple of button's for the sides with holes and holes for the sides with buttons but here's a couple link's to glance at and you can always put him into the carrier in the car.http://www.babywawl.com/ zip in pannel http://wrapyourbaby.com/blog/2010/10/winter-babywearing/

post #3 of 11

Your baby will not get too cold!  I am from MT and believe me, it takes a lot more for your baby to get uncomfortably cold. I gave ds a heat rash in the winter, fearing he would get too cold on my walks outside with him or taking him from car seat to sling.  They are tiny little generators!  Definitely, use the baby sling as much as you possibly can for all activities. 
 

post #4 of 11

I ditched the infant carrier when DD was about 2mos (Nov baby) bc it + her was just way too heavy and bulky.  I had no prob carrying her in a ring sling under one of DH's coats for the two of us, made a few trips to the dog park in freezing temps and she actually kept ME warm! 

post #5 of 11

My lo was born in January and I wore him in a moby under a winter maternity coat during the winter and it worked great!
 

post #6 of 11

I am a big fan of baby wearing....but I live in the coolest capital of the world I think (Ottawa).

 

I have 3 different babywaring coats/jackets. I used them all, for babywearing when going or a walk.

if I was in the car, babywearing from the car to the grocery store in the very cold winter is not practical.

you have to het baby out of the warm car, take off your coat, putting a baby carrier on, then baby inside (all this in a very cold temperature, like 0 degress F. ), then putting the coat on both of us, all this to walk from parking lot to the grocery store, and then removing everything in there.....not practical at all. Just the bucket seat with a cover is much better, and I always have a sling in my diaper bag, to hold baby close when shopping.

 

If I am taking the car to meet a friend for a walk, then doing all the babywearing thing really worth it.

being almost skin-to skin with your baby under a big coat is the best feeling! and you always know if he is cold or not. because if you are cold, then he is also, you are both in the same temperature. 

 

frost bites happen to babies/kids worn in baby carriers for long walks, when baby and parent have each their own coat.

but it never happens if they are sharing a coat.

and it makes leaving the house for a walk so easy. I just take baby, put it in a carrier, and a coat on both of us, + hat for baby. 

leaving with a stroller (not an option with lots of snow), you have to dress yourself completely, and dress baby completely, booties/snowsuit, scarf etc etc.

post #7 of 11

Hi,

 

I will use an all-season carrier cover. I sewed mine but you can buy something like this. This is practical, because you can take it off in the shop and put it up if you go out. 

 

 

http://tryxusdesign.blogspot.com/2013/09/baby-carrier-cover-part-3.html

post #8 of 11

Dress baby in wool (cotton undershirt then wool clothes) and use a hat that won't fall off. Have a thick blanket with you to cover up extra whenever needed. With all that, I didn't worry about brief transfers like from seat to inside at all. I didn't spend a lot of time outside with my winter babe here in the mountains, but wearing him then a coat wrapped around us both worked well when I did. With my first I had a cloak I'd wrap us in. This one was born in a snowstorm, we headed to the car 2 hours after his birth (big brothers needed to get home back to bed). He had wool knits on and 2 blankets and the car was pre heated.

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by lilitchka View Post

If I was in the car, babywearing from the car to the grocery store in the very cold winter is not practical.
you have to het baby out of the warm car, take off your coat, putting a baby carrier on, then baby inside (all this in a very cold temperature, like 0 degress F. ), then putting the coat on both of us, all this to walk from parking lot to the grocery store, and then removing everything in there.....not practical at all. Just the bucket seat with a cover is much better, and I always have a sling in my diaper bag, to hold baby close when shopping.

Just curious. I live in a very warm climate, so maybe I'm missing something, but why wouldn't you put the baby on while still sitting in the warm car? And why would you take everything off when you get into the store? In the past, when I had babies young enough to sit in a bucket seat, I put them in the carrier in the car, wore them all through shopping, and didn't take them off until we got back to the car. I'd think all you'd have to take off in the store would be your coat?
post #10 of 11

Depends on your carrier and how much room is in your car, some are awkward and take standing and space to work out. But I'd put it on under the coat before leaving home if it took that much work.

post #11 of 11
I usually put a stretchy wrap or ring sling under my baby wearing coat before I leave for the store and then slide in the back seat and transfer baby. I won't be able to do this when my second one arrives (2 car seats in back seat), but the transfer is pretty quick so i'll still baby wear from the car to shops. It's not quite as cold here in Toronto and this works for us. The car seat is too heavy and bulky for me to carry.
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