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?