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dressing your baby warmly for winter

post #1 of 44
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Hi everyone! I took a break from the internet for several weeks but missed you guys! Happy to see so many of you still on this board! 

 

I would love to know your strategies for cold-weather dressing of babies. 

 

As it gets colder, I've been having a hard time finding good quality warm clothes for my baby. I got a lot of hand me downs which include polyester sweaters (which are scratchy and bulky, designed more for fashion than function, and don't seem very warm anyway). I also have a few warm-up suit types of outfits, with poly fleece tops that have bulky plastic zippers. The zippers come right up to her chin and I don't like all that hardware so close to her tender neck and face. :) Also, the dang zippers don't even work that well. 

 

Right now I have just two cotton sweaters for her, and they're both nice and soft and thick, so I am layering them over long sleeved footed cotton jumpsuits.  I started knitting a very simple merino wool vest from a pattern I found on Ravelry. (If I knit more for her, the projects have to be very simple -- I'm not a pro knitter.) The vest will look cute over her cotton jumpers. 

 

I am also going to try sewing a long sleeved sweater for her out of an old cashmere sweater of mine. I cut up a sweatshirt I had for her (one with one of those bad zippers) to use as a pattern. 

 

I've looked in stores, but everything seems to be cotton (not warm enough on its own) or polyester/fleece. I'd be willing to buy a few winter items retail or used on ebay, but I really want  quality and ease to put them on. 

 

I think her go-to uniform this winter will be long-sleeved footed jumpsuits with one zipper that goes from foot to neck (because it is so much easier and quicker to dress her in these than it is to put on a onsie, pants, or to deal with all the snaps that most jumpsuits have). with a warm sweater layered over the jumpsuit. I'd be thrilled if I could find a merino zip jumpsuit or something like that to be a toasty warm baselayer. (Anyone have suggested brands?) 

 

Ideas? Suggestions? Commiserations? 

post #2 of 44
I have a related question to tack on. Do you put a onesie or undershirt under footed one piece jumpsuits or pjs? I find that in one of those, when I change the diaper, Noor's chest is exposed to the cool air because its a one piece and I don't like that. Its not super vold where we live but we also dont put the heat up too high in out house. What do you experienced moms do?
post #3 of 44
Ruby wears a merino wool onesie or usershirt under everything. I think the brand is nature baby. They're expensive but you don't need many since wool can be worn a few times before it needs to be washed. I think we have four? And that's plenty.

I try to do 3 layers on top and two on the bottom (our house gets VERY cold so sometimes I need to do more).

She wears an undershirt, socks and a wool hat or bonnet always. Then either a sleeper or knit pants and a long sleeve cotton shirt with a knit vest or sweater. I am kind of obsessed with knits... So we have a lot! Lol

No help on brands. I mostly knit my own. I don't like much of the baby clothes in stores. Apparently I'm not very hip!

Have you tried the milo vest pattern on ravelry? It's super quick and easy and so cute! Pair that with some longies and you've got a warm baby! Also... You can make pants from wool sweaters too!

Call me weird but I love dressing babies in winter! The little hats kill me with their cuteness!!
post #4 of 44
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Originally Posted by harmonious View Post

I have a related question to tack on. Do you put a onesie or undershirt under footed one piece jumpsuits or pjs? I find that in one of those, when I change the diaper, Noor's chest is exposed to the cool air because its a one piece and I don't like that. Its not super vold where we live but we also dont put the heat up too high in out house. What do you experienced moms do?

I always put a onesie or undershirt on Ruby under her clothes. Even in the summer when she was tiny! She gets cold really easily so I try to always keep her core covered! smile.gif
post #5 of 44

It's still pretty warm out here, and Elliott takes after his dad and is very, very warm, so I've just started dressing him in footie onsies. Love those things. We'll probably do a short sleeved onsies and then some fleece footies when/if it gets colder. I'm a fan of blankets right now, especially in the stroller, because I can layer/unlayer quickly. 

post #6 of 44
I'm so jealous everytime someone says its not that cold. Lol. I'm wearing two pairs of socks and my toes are still cold!! We are bundled up in quilts in front of the heater, reading Little House on the Prairie and hoping it warms up soon!
post #7 of 44
Mmmm, I gotta look up those nature baby wool onesies. I just bought stuff from Nordic Woolens online, but I hate how quickly they sell out of stuff.
post #8 of 44
Btw-- this is our winter wear stash for Denver, which is normally 30-50 degrees most of winter with Jan and Feb 10-30, and a handful of cold snaps below that:

2 thin wool shirts
1 thin wool footie
1 thick wool shirt
1 thick cotton sweater
1 VERY thick wool romper
1 quilted down footie coat
Several cheap velour and fleece sweaters
Several cheap cotton long sleeves
Several cheap cotton footies

Still looking for:
Cheap, fluffy mittens
Fluffy socks
post #9 of 44
Man, I am so unprepared. I lived in Wyoming with dd1 but we just kept her in her bucket seat wherever we went with blankets on top and a hat (polyester fleece). I wasnt crunchy then and didnt knit. Right now we are doing longsleeve onesies with babylegs or pants plus we have a few jumpers. during the day it is up to the high 50's. I have lots of sock yarn left over; anyone have a good pattern for knitted baby socks that will stay on?
post #10 of 44
BTW, let me just say that I saw some leg warmers plus feet today that I loved and then I flipped over the tag BAM!! 17.95!!

I really wish I could knit now. Talldarkeyes, or other crafty mamas: any chance you'd barter or sell some warm socks and mittens at a friendly price?
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post #12 of 44
Cynthiamoon, I couldbut I wont have time until after Christmas; until then I am up to my ears in knitting projects as gifts. Also mittens are super easy and are often considered a beginning knitting project so I am certain you could make some after just watching some knitti.g tutorials online which is how I learned how to knit. Knittinghelp.com is great!
post #13 of 44
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

BTW, let me just say that I saw some leg warmers plus feet today that I loved and then I flipped over the tag BAM!! 17.95!!

I really wish I could knit now. Talldarkeyes, or other crafty mamas: any chance you'd barter or sell some warm socks and mittens at a friendly price?

17.95 isn't too bad of a price for those, you will probably be able to use them until next summer. It would take a knitter several hours to make one if its with thinner yarn- I guess it depends on how chunky you'd want them to be.

We have used wool onesies and tshirts under clothes. Handed down though, because those things are McSpendy in a big way. I think nova naturals catalogue sells them.

I don't like the zippers that go all the way up because in order to change a diaper you have to expose baby's the whole torso. I like the sleepers with snaps for that reason. Unless you put on an over-sweater/shirt and wiggle your hand under to unzip.

I have used old sweaters to make leg warmers, vests and wool dresses. For girls I've made a sleeveless dress out of an old sweater to go over everything and then used the sleeves to make a fashionable pair of leggings.

I've even made a pair of leg warmers for myself with the leftover sleeves of a goodwill sweater. I'll probably do something boy ish for Rowan because our yurt gets cold and the elements are never that far away around here.

I like to have torso to butt covered with one layer of wool and legs with another, and I have usually two of each minimum.

I've made wrist warmers (like sweatbnds but wool) that pull up close to fingers for cold days inside and socks over hands for mittens. I do make knitted baby socks although they are hard to keep on once they find their feet.

My favorite slippers in the world are Padraig cottage. That's an aside and probably won't be relevant until next winter.

If this post makes no sense it's because I haven't slept much and autocorrect isn't always that helpful. I tried to catch my ramblings and typos.
post #14 of 44

Even if you're non-crafty you can do a lot with recycled wool sweaters. Legwarmers might not even need a stitch of sewing if it's a small enough sweater/fat enough baby leg. Clover is rocking some wool babylegs right now that I literally just cut off the sleeves of a sweater and slid onto her legs. The sweater was maybe $3 at goodwill, and there's half the arms and the entire body to go. Slightly bigger sleeves might need one seam to tighten up the leggings.

 

Vests you could make with a minimum of fool-proof seams. I make wool longies/pants out of sleeves with huge waistbands that go up to her chest. They get covered by a shirt so nobody can see, but it's extra warmth for her. Sweater sleeve pants require sewing only two lines. Mittens you could make from the hem, with the stretchy part of the sweater as the wrist part, with an oval above that, then sew two pieces together. You can do it!

 

But I admit I feel totally unprepared for the coming winter in terms of baby clothes. Making her some warm wooly things is on my naptime to-do list today. Cotton anything is not going to cut it in NH, and I have no wool socks, booties, sweaters, or vests that fit her right now. It was 20 last night! It's only gonna get colder from here.

post #15 of 44
Thread Starter 

I just bought a long sleeved merino onesie and footed pants from Woolino online. Pricey (about $50 for the set)  but free shippimg and a coupon code helped. Amazon has a couple of nature baby items on sale with free shipping, about the same price. Ebay has very little. I can not believe how small the market is for these items. Big box stores do not carry them. Are there cold babies all over America -- because most baby clothes are so shoddy? I wear a lot of polar fleece myself, but I don't want to always put her in polar fleece... wool is so much cozier. The Woolino items I bought are sized 6 months-1 yr so they'll be very baggy for a while but fit well until next summer... that is the plan!

post #16 of 44
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Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post


We have used wool onesies and tshirts under clothes. Handed down though, because those things are McSpendy in a big way. I think nova naturals catalogue sells them.

I don't like the zippers that go all the way up because in order to change a diaper you have to expose baby's the whole torso. I like the sleepers with snaps for that reason. Unless you put on an over-sweater/shirt and wiggle your hand under to unzip.

I have used old sweaters to make leg warmers, vests and wool dresses. For girls I've made a sleeveless dress out of an old sweater to go over everything and then used the sleeves to make a fashionable pair of leggings.

This post is very helpful -- thanks!

 

- I wish I could have found hand me down wool onesies instead of buying retail. my mom and i combed consignment and thrift stores before i resigned to buy new! oh well...

 

- I love the zipper cause they are so speedy! but yes, i am doing the sweater-over technique so her chest doesnt feel the air

 

- great idea for the wool dress. recycling sweaters is way faster than knitting!

post #17 of 44

It looks like Elliott is like his daddy and nana and has SUPER sensitive skin, so no wool for us! Polar fleece should be good here in Vancouver, but we're taking a trip to Ontario in March, so we'll need to figure something out. Most likely we'll do a cotton base with wool over. Same as his dad and nana do!

post #18 of 44
I think the sticker shock for the leg warmers comes from the fact that they were just normal thin sock stuff and mass produced. If they were thick and warm and handmade, I'd have a totally different way of looking at the price.
post #19 of 44

wrenmoon, thank you for the ideas! I just spent Clover's naptime making a wool dress to put over her other clothes. It is so freaking adorable it makes me want to run to goodwill right now and raid their wool.

 

I also tried out my mitten idea and just sewed some lollipop shapes out of a sweater cuff and part of the sleeve and they work great! I tried them on her and she doesn't hate them!

post #20 of 44

I think I would be OK with fleece and synthetics (seeing as I wear them myself) except that they don't breathe very well and I tend to quickly get too hot and sweaty in them, making me damp and cold. As an adult, I know this is a problem and can undress when i get hot, but I can't judge for her as well because she isn't moving around as much as I am. Therefore wool is a way I know she is at least not getting damp with sweat if she is warm. Though I do still check on her temp by sticking a finger down the neck of her outfits. 

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